The authors' aim was to present results of research into consumption of wood materials in households and public utility places, that is in the sphere connected with trade, operation of offices, hotels, schools, hospitals and other structures, as well as their surroundings such as parks, gardens, playgrounds and areas intended for sport and recreation in Poland. For the first time in Poland quantification of consumption of wood materials and products in this area was done using the model indices method. In line with the aim of the study consumption of wood materials was calculated for two consumption categories: production consumption (by domestic wood industry) and final consumption (by domestic end-users); in the abovementioned case exports of finished products was taken into consideration (as well as the 'outflow' of wood materials in this form). The study confirmed that households and public utility places create a significant demand for various wood products and materials used therein. According to calculations done using the model indices method, 6.1 million cubic m of various wood materials was used in manufacture of products, which are used in the abovementioned area, in 2004 (production consumption), and this figure accounted for 37% of the total consumption of wood materials in the production of wood finished products. Particleboards dominated the structure of wood materials consumption (3.2 million cubic m) and sawnwood was also important (1.8 million cubic m). The major part wood materials was consumed in furniture production (4.4 million cubic m) and the production of wooden garden products came in second (0.8 million cubic m). Final consumption of wood materials in households and public utility places, that is production consumption minus the volume of consumption in exported finished products, was 2.0 million cubic m in 2004. It means that 4.1 million cubic m of wood materials was exported in the form of various wood products. The most significant differences were observed in consumption of particleboards (by 2.3 million cubic m) and sawnwood (by 1.1 million cubic m).
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