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When you're building a home
Certified plantations operate on a continuous cycle of growth to provide a wide range of other benefits such as further carbon storage, oxygen generation and environmental management.
It's not only less energy intensive to manufacture, but it's a natural insulator, acting as a barrier for heat and cold, resulting in improved thermal performance in your home.
Modern preservative treatments only serving to enhance natural durability. In fact, the oldest timber building in the world, the Horyuji Temple in Japan, is 1300 years old! Whether it be residential or commercial settings, timber has the strength to go the distance.
The term 'biophilic design' has emerged as a top trend in building design. What's been found is that being around timber in the home or office stimulates the same health benefits as you'd expect from spending more time in nature.
Responsibly sourced timber is a natural and renewable resource. Certified plantations operate on a continuous cycle of growth to provide a wide range of other benefits such as further carbon storage, oxygen generation and environmental management. Every time a tree is harvested up to ten trees are re-established in its place.
The process of manufacturing timber uses substantially less fossil fuel energy per unit volume than steel, concrete, or aluminium; meaning that timber has a very low carbon footprint. As it happens, using timber in building construction can maximise Green Star energy ratings and carbon credits.
But timber’s energy efficiency doesn’t end here– it can also help save on energy bills. Timber is a natural insulator because it contains tiny air pockets within its cellular structure that act as a barrier for heat and cold, which results in improved thermal performance.
Timber is a durable building material for both residential and commercial buildings. When properly manufactured and maintained timber structures have been known to last hundreds of years; with modern preservative treatments only serving to enhance natural durability. In fact, the oldest timber building in the world, the Horyuji Temple in Japan, is more than more than 1,300 years old!
The term ‘biophilia’ describes how humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature. A report commissioned by Planet Ark has found that exposure to wood products and interiors created similar health benefits to those created by spending time in nature1.
Some of the reported health benefits include:
- Improved emotional state, and self-expression
- Improved air quality by moderating humidity, encouraging easier breathing
- Feelings of warmth and comfort
- Lower blood pressure, heart rate, and stress levels
- Fire Performance
1Wood is Good for Health and Wellbeing, Plant Ark: Make it Wood, 2022,
It’s a bit ironic, but timber actually burns in a slow, predictable, and measurable way. These factors mean that timber performs strongly in fire events, when compared to other materials. During the event of a fire, a charcoal layer forms on the surface of the timber, contributing to the fire resistance of the material. This charcoal layer reduces the rate of burning by insulating the inner core of the timber. This insulation slows down the heat penetration, keeping the temperate in the core low and enabling the timber to carry its load much longer than steel. This natural self-defence mechanism increases the possibility for a timber structure to survive a fire while maintaining its strength and stability.