Why Use Timber?
- Timber-based products require less energy to manufacture than similar products made of steel or cement.
- Timber is created by photosynthesis and can be considered an efficient way of storing solar energy for future use as an energy resource.
- Recovering the energy from timber products at the end of their life – as a substitute for fossil fuels – increases the CO2 benefit of using timber and wood products.
- Timber products act as a carbon sink throughout their life.
- The best way to use forests as carbon sinks is to harvest the timber and convert it into products (which continue to store the carbon) while replanting more trees than before.
- Timber has the lowest energy consumption and the lowest CO2 emission of any commonly used building material.
- Timber is uniquely renewable.
- Plastic, steel, concrete and aluminium are all commonly used in the construction industry and whilst they can all be recycled, they are not renewable!
All of our timber is sustainably sourced through forests that are members of throughout North America.
CO2 neutral over the full life cycle, from cradle to cradle
Western Red Cedar
Why we use Western Red Cedar?
Offers unrivalled dimensional stability
Durable and exceptionally stable even compared to certain hardwoods
Sourced from sustainable forests
Carbon neutral & eco-friendly, reducing greenhouse gases
The straight grain and uniformed texture makes it among the easiest wood to work with
Pitch and resin-free, it has a notable ability to hold a wide range of paints, stains and other coatings
Highly resistant to rot, decay, insect attacks and fungal growth
More flame-resistant than most woods (can be used for interior building applications where other woods would not be permitted)
Low density offers insulation value far superior to brick, concrete and steel plus easy handling and transportation
Thermal insulator, great at preventing heat transfer between the inside and outside of a building
Ability to dampen vibrations/reduce noise
Superior to all other softwoods with practically no tendency to warp, twist, cupp or shrink
TRADA Trial Results
Western Red Cedar