Construction and home improvement projects are often viewed negatively in terms of the effect they have on the environment, due to the processes involved in creating building materials, the use of heavy machinery and other aspects. However, if you are planning a loft conversion, home extension, or a complete new build and are concerned that it may be a difficult project to carry out in an environmentally-friendly manner, we have some good news.
Choose Timber for an Eco-Friendly Project
The use of timber as a construction material is certainly not a new concept – in fact, it has been used to build structures for over 10,000 years! However, as the popularity of concrete and steel increased, the benefits of timber as a building material became less recognised.
With the climate emergency in full flow, it is becoming more important than ever to be conscious of the environmental impact of any construction project. Fortunately, timber frame carpentry is the perfect choice for those looking for a high-quality solution that also minimises environmental damage.
Benefits of Timber Frame Carpentry
Sustainability – The first and most obvious benefit is that wood is a renewable resource. Its processing, production and transport requires much less energy than other types of building materials, offering a highly sustainable alternative.
Carbon Storage – As trees grow they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere which remains there until the tree decomposes or is burned. When used as a building material this carbon will stay stored within the timber, causing no damage to the environment, for as long as the structure stays intact.
Insulation – Timber acts as a natural insulator, bringing a high level of insulation as standard. The space between the timber frames also offers the opportunity to easily incorporate additional insulation. A better insulated home results in less heat loss and lower energy use.
Quick Build Time – Many timber structures can be manufactured and pre-cut offsite, leading to a much quicker build time for your project. As well as less disruption, less mess and lower labour costs, this also means fewer pieces of equipment and machinery are required to be transported back and forth to different projects.
No Compromise Necessary
You may be thinking that, with all of these benefits, there has to be drawbacks. However, having an eco-friendly loft conversion, extension or new build doesn’t mean you have to compromise the build quality in any way. Well-made timber structures are known for offering high levels of stability and durability, and you can expect them to last for a very long time.
If you are interested in an eco-friendly home improvement or new build property, bespoke frame carpentry is an excellent option.