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 responsibly sourced timber from a well-managed local woodland is environmentally friendly. There is nothing good about using timber that has been illegally logged in a faraway country.

At Old Mill Wood Yard in South Wales, we use locally sourced larch and cedar to create larch cladding and cedar shingles, both very popular and effective building materials.

Low carbon emissions

Manufacturing timber building materials produces almost zero carbon emissions. For many building materials the manufacture process is long and complicated, sometimes involving harmful chemicals and high emissions. Creating timber cladding or shingles is a simple process that hasn’t changed much for hundreds of years.

Low carbon footprint

If you source your timber locally it will have a very low carbon footprint. Transporting building materials over long distances will leave a very high carbon footprint, especially if it is imported from a foreign country.

You should be able to find locally sourced timber, otherwise you will definitely be able to find what you are looking for in the UK with home-grown wood.

Encourages woodland habitats

Woodlands are so important to the environment, both for reducing carbon dioxide in the air and for providing a natural habitat for all sorts of flora and fauna to thrive in. Without profitable woodland management there is a chance that even more woodlands could be lost from the countryside, this would be devastating for native species.

Zero waste

Timber creates zero waste, as off cuts from mills can be used as firewood, sawdust has a number of uses such as compost or animal bedding and once the finished products have completed their lifespans then they will decompose as part of the natural cycle, releasing their nutrients back into the ground. Nothing will clog up a land fill for decades to come.

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