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Zero Carbon Housing With Cedar Shingles

Zero carbon housing is becoming much more of an achievable goal as renewable energy products develop and new insulation techniques are found. However, it is not just the new products that can contribute to zero carbon housing, some old products can also help.

Cedar shingles have been around for centuries and are a traditional roofing material. If treated correctly cedar shingles will provide long lasting protection for your roof. Not only that, but they are easy to maintain and replace.

Cedar shingles can be used for a wide variety of projects, from traditional to modern and from barn conversions to large commercial projects, due to the aesthetic versatility of the product.

Due to the production, treatment and installation of cedar shingles, they can be truly classed as a zero carbon renewable material, that will benefit any eco-conscious build.

Cedar shingles are sourced from well-managed woodlands. By using timber from such woodlands, it helps to protect them which not only reduces carbon from the atmosphere, but also provides habitats for a wide range of flora and fauna. After the timber is harvested the shingles are produced by sawing the shingles away from a block of wood. This process requires a minimal amount of carbon.

At our saw mill in South Wales we produce cedar shingles from locally-sourced cedar and have provided the finished shingles to many local projects. This means that there is also a minimal carbon footprint for transporting the cedar.

When the lifespan of the cedar shingles comes to a close, they will naturally decompose, only releasing carbon that was already naturally in the current cycle, rather than carbon that was buried deep underground.

The natural insulation properties of cedar help to maintain an energy efficient building, again reducing the carbon footprint of the project.

Cedar shingles have been around for centuries, long before people were concerned about carbon emissions, but they are still proving to be an effective and popular roofing choice.

Why timber is so environmentally friendly

There is much focus now on using environmentally building materials. Timber is always recommended for eco-builds, which can seem odd, as cutting down trees is generally thought of as bad for the environment. So why is timber such an environmentally friendly building material? Before going any further, it is worth pointing out that only responsiblyContinue Reading

How To Prevent Moss From Destroying Cedar Shingles

Cedar roof shingles can last for many years, not much can ruin them, other than moss. Moss left untreated can be damaging to a cedar roof and it can soon spread from a small patch to cover large parts of the roof. That is why it is important to take a few small steps toContinue Reading

What Qualifies As An Eco-Build?

It is expected now that any new builds will meet certain environmental criteria. However, many people quite rightly want their new builds to have as minimal impact on the environment as possible. Eco-builds are becoming more and more popular for many types of different projects. However, what qualifies as an eco-build is open for debate,Continue Reading

Traditional Building Materials For A Modern Project

In recent decades a modern building project would have meant finding the most cutting edge materials and design and creating a brash, bold statement. However, fortunately things have calmed down recently and a modern building project incorporates many more factors. Awareness of the environment and how your project will affect the environment is one ofContinue Reading

Why You Should Use Natural Building Materials

Building projects, no matter how big or small will always use a large amount of materials. Whether or not the materials are natural or man-made will depend on the design of the project and the priorities of the owners and designers. Although it is hard to achieve a building that comprises completely of natural materialsContinue Reading

Maintaining Cedar Shingles

Cedar shingles have proved their worth as a roofing material for many centuries. They are environmentally-friendly, have an almost zero carbon footprint in manufacture, have good thermal characteristics and look stylish. Cedar shingles also require very little maintenance and if looked after correctly they will have a very long lifespan. Cedar shingles can be used withoutContinue Reading

Use Cedar Shingles To Top Your Eco-Build

With new builds and renovations environmental factors are becoming more and more important. There are many things that you can do to ensure that your project is environmentally friendly. Choosing the correct insulation, installing double glazing and maximising heat and light from sunlight are all common eco choices. However, choosing the correct materials with whichContinue Reading

3 Reasons to buy good quality firewood

When you have an open fire, or a log burner in your home, it is tempting to try and find the cheapest wood, possible or to go out look for some for free from nearby woodlands. However, this is not going to lead to a warmer home or financial savings. There are many reasons whyContinue Reading

Different finishes for larch wood cladding

Larch wood is a popular cladding choice as it does not need be treated and can be left to weather naturally. However, the weathered look does not suit all properties and there are different finishes available for larch wood to avoid weathering over time. However, these will need to be maintained to keep them lookingContinue Reading