Choosing timber frame building shows that you care about the environment and the planet. Here are the many reasons why:
Timber buildings are carbon sinks
Trees absorb and store carbon dioxide while they grow. The carbon dioxide is stored in the sawn timber for the lifespan of the building.
Timber buildings require much lower processing energy
Carbon dioxide emissions from the processing and manufacture of construction materials other than timber (brick, aluminium, steel and concrete) can be as much as 80% or higher. It follows, then, that if greater use is made of wood in buildings, the low fossil fuel requirement for manufacturing sawn timber compared with other materials is far more substantial in the long term than the carbon stored in the wood building products.
Timber buildings are environmentally friendly
Timber buildings are environmentally friendly and therefore ideally suited to mountain-side plots and eco-sensitive areas. This construction type results in very little disturbance to existing vegetation and minimises on-site excavation and costly access required for heavier materials.
Timber buildings pose no greater fire risk than any other form of construction
Many of the materials used in timber construction have a fire rating of up to two hours and vastly improve the building’s fire resistance.
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