Benefits of Wood
Wood is the only renewable, recyclable, reusable, and biodegradable building product widely available. It is also beautiful, durable, versatile, and in many cases highly cost-effective. Harvesting and processing wood uses much less energy than most other building materials, giving wood products a significantly lower carbon footprint. Indeed, wood products actually store the carbon they removed from the atmosphere while growing.
Is better for the environment
Using responsibly sourced wood in construction, rather than commonly used materials such as steel and concrete, can reduce a building's initial carbon footprint by more than 80 per cent. Surprising, but true. A smaller carbon footprint means less climate change.
Stores captured carbon
Trees and wood products are Nature's carbon captors. Up to half the dry weight of wood is carbon which has been removed from the atmosphere during growth. It is stored for the lifetime of the product: properly maintained, that's a very long time.
Responsibly harvested wood is a renewable resource. Managed growth ensures that forests continue providing the benefits of carbon storage, oxygen generation and wildlife habitat.
Wood is a highly durable material suitable both for homes and commercial buildings. When properly looked after it can last hundreds of years. Modern wood preservatives greatly enhance this natural durability.
The pockets of air in its cellular structure make wood a natural insulator—15 times more efficient than masonry, 400 times more than steel, and 1,770 times more than aluminum.
Wood construction is quick and efficient. Wooden buildings can be built year-round in most climates, and take less time to complete.
When it comes to direct building expenses, timber frames have been shown to be the most cost-effective solution.
Adds beauty and character
Wood is a beautiful natural material that adds character to a building. Every tree has a unique grain.
Sustains skilled employment
Because woodwork is often done on site, with items prefabricated locally or regionally, choosing wood means supporting local jobs for skilled carpenters and artisans.