There are plenty of factors to consider when picking out a frame material for a new home, but one of the most important is eco-friendliness. You should work to ensure that houses are erected without damaging the planet. Using a timber frame is a great way to start.
Here are just four reasons why timber frame houses appeal to the eco-conscious.
- It’s a Natural Material
Most materials used in construction are manmade. Timber is a notable exception, which provides it with instant eco-friendly credibility. It is non-toxic, safe to handle and touch, and doesn’t need to be manufactured at the cost of other natural resources. Since it’s natural, it can be easily recycled. When it’s life finally comes to an end, it won’t end up sitting in landfill for hundreds of years.
- It’s Sustainable
It’s true that timber farming used to proceed without a thought for sustainability, but, in most parts of the world, those days are long gone. Most timber is now farmed sustainably. In fact, most of the main timber supplying nations have enacted policies to ensure that more timber is re-grown than felled.
- Requires Little Energy
Timber can be farmed right in the UK, and it’s usually worked and treated close to that site to cut down on transportation demands. Better yet, very little energy is required to shape and work timber. In contrast, metal frames require extensive energy use during production.
- Draws Carbon from the Atmosphere
Most people now understand the problems associated with a build-up of carbon in the atmosphere. If you want to work against it, consider a timber frame house. Timber is made from carbon that’s drawn from the atmosphere. Using timber for building frames means that carbon is stored instead of released into the atmosphere, where it will contribute to the greenhouse effect.