Timber adds a classy touch to any architectural or interior design project. But should this beauty come at a cost to our planet? With the use of eco-friendly wood in contemporary construction, it needn’t.
Timber is a totally renewable resource. By remaining environmentally conscious and adopting sustainable building practices, we can ensure the planet benefits from development as much as we do.
Going green by choosing sustainable wood for your next project is a smart move. Here’s why!
1. Rising demand
Timber is a popular material in contemporary design across a range of projects, both big and small. In addition to its visual appeal, timber is also characterised by its strength and longevity, quicker construction times, and reduced noise and energy use on building sites. Western Red Cedar, in particular, is an industry favourite for its beauty and durability.
2. Reducing carbon emissions
Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and emit oxygen. Even when timber is harvested and used in construction and design, it continues to store carbon dioxide. Sustainable harvesting ensures new trees are planted in place of the harvested trees, assisting with the continuous removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Sustainable timber plantations across Australia are not only renewing an important resource but also helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
3. Cross-laminated timber
The advent of cross laminated timber or CLT has boosted the prospects of timber construction by saving the developer time, money and energy. The future of construction lies in building faster, being eco-friendlier and using less money and resources; CLT creates the opportunity to do just that.
4. Renewable resources
The increasing popularity of timber across the globe needs to be balanced with sustainable harvesting practices and utilising renewable resources. All Western Red Cedar products from Cedar Sales have attained the tick of approval from environmental organisations, making it simple to select sustainable wood for your project.
5. Promotes a greener way of life
The immense environmental benefits of sustainably sourced timber are just one half of the green story. Timber’s impressive thermal properties optimise energy consumption in heating and cooling systems with homes and businesses benefitting from lower power bills throughout the year. Being a low density timber, Western Red Cedar is an excellent insulator – when used for cladding, this timber keeps buildings cool in summer, and warm in winter.
Thanks to greater awareness of sustainability and access to sustainably sourced timber in Australia, it’s easy to take off with the green trend. Get in touch with Cedar Sales to learn more about sustainable timber design and construction practices.