Sustainability of Timbertrove Products
When it comes to sustainability in construction, research points to the significant advantage wood has over comparable resources. Conventional building materials today such as steel have a huge impact on greenhouse gas emissions. However, timber is considered to be the most environmentally friendly option and can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of your new garden shed. Please read our top points on the sustainability of timber products and learn why we are so passionate about this excellent material.
Timber is one of the few natural building materials, which has a lot of advantages. Generally, timber is non-toxic, does not leak chemical vapour into the building and is safe to handle and touch. It also means that as timber ages, it does so naturally.
Ecology and Sustainability
People have been building with timber for thousands of years. Timber is ecological and sustainable and a truly renewable building material. Timber is grown quicker than it is used. Most of the main timber supplying countries have long-standing policies to re-grow more timber than is felled. If new trees are planted to replace those harvested, timber will continue to be available. Timber is milled all over the world and is often used close to where it is produced. This promotes local economies and reduces the energy needed to transport materials long distances.
Low in Production Energy
It takes very little energy to convert the wood in trees to the timber used in Timbertrove’s garden products. This means that the embodied energy in timber is low. In fact, it is the lowest of almost all common building materials.
A Store for Carbon
Timber is made from carbon drawn from the atmosphere. This carbon would otherwise be adding to the greenhouse effect. Using timber in buildings stores the carbon for as long as the building stands or the timber is used.
Offers Great Insulation
Wood also has better insulating properties than steel. Timber is a natural insulator and can help reduce energy needs when it is used in windows, doors and floors. If you plan on using your Timbertrove shed as a cosy, relaxed space which you’d like to keep heated then you can benefit from timber’s excellent insulating properties. Of course, a better insulated shed will require less energy to heat and cool, which typically means less fossil fuel use.
Easy to Work
Timber is versatile and can be used in a wide variety of ways. Being light, it is easy to install and can be worked with simple equipment. This reduces the energy needed for construction. Different species of tree produce timber of differing colours, textures and functional qualities.
Timber is biodegradable which means it can be broken down naturally by micro organisms when it comes to the end of its lifespan. This feature ensures the life cycle of timber is green from its creation to its use in our Timbertrove products to the end of its journey.