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, as there are many different factors to consider.
At Old Mill Wood Yard in West Wales, we specialise in larch wood cladding and cedar shingles. We believe that these products are perfect for an eco-build because of many different factors. Here are some of them:
How a building material is manufactured can have a great impact on the environment. An eco-build should consist of materials which do not damage the environment during the manufacture process. Larch cladding and cedar shingles have an almost zero carbon footprint during manufacture, do not need harmful chemicals or substances and are not quarried, so do not leave large scars on the landscape.
In the UK larch cladding and cedar shingles can be sourced locally and therefore have a minimal carbon footprint when being delivered to your site. If a house has been made from materials that have been manufactured in a different country then the carbon footprint will be large and it will not be an eco-friendly build.
Sourcing larch and cedar from well-managed woodlands saves that area of woodland from being cleared for agriculture or housing. The UK has seen a great depletion in its woodlands which is bad for future generations and for the environment. Encouraging well-managed woodlands reverses this.
An eco-build should perform exceptionally well in terms of energy consumption. Larch and cedar both naturally lock in heat and protect from the UK weather without needing any treatments. This is one reason why they have been used for so many centuries.
An eco-build should last a long time in order to ensure that no excess materials and resources are used. Larch and cedar if properly maintained will do just this. There is a guaranteed life-span but both materials generally well exceed this.
When the lifespan of your property or some of the materials do come to an end, maybe in a few decades, maybe in a few centuries, then something has to happen to the materials. An eco-build should have materials that won’t damage the soil or clog up landfills. Larch and cedar will both naturally decompose and release natural nutrients back into the earth, as part of a natural environmental process.