The recent resolution passed by the Australian Local Government Association encouraging the use of timber in construction is inspired by the various economic and environmental benefits of the building material.

This endorsement by the Local Governments heralds new opportunities for builders and architects to embrace wood in building construction. Timber is an important component of sustainable building design; when grown and harvested sustainably, wood is highly cost-efficient and renewable, offering both economic and environmental advantages.

Additionally, sustainable timber harvesting will enable the Australian timber and forestry industry to provide more local workers with jobs, helping support the nation’s long-term economic stability. With a greater number of Australians seeking energy efficient homes that use natural, recyclable materials, timber offers builders and architects a cost-effective solution to build sustainably designed houses.

Delivering several positive environmental benefits, wood has one of the lowest carbon footprints of all building materials thanks to responsible forestry that has made it a renewable resource. Key benefits also include high durability offering a long-lasting option for building design; lower energy use when building compared to other materials; and more energy-efficient construction reducing energy use over the building’s lifetime. Moreover, timber products store carbon in their wood fibres, helping to minimise the building’s carbon footprint over the long term.

Cedar Sales is a premium timber supplier with a reputation for providing the building and construction industry with high quality, sustainably sourced Western Red Cedar solutions.