In today’s climate of depleting resources, it is essential to be environmentally conscious when sourcing materials. Most timber is taken from sustainable forest, but it’s important to check the ethics of your supplier. Making sure that they are recognised by one of the main certifying bodies, like the FSC or PEFC, will mean you know that your timber originates from a sustainable source.
Timber has the lowest CO₂ cost of any commercially available material. Compared to an equivalently sized masonry house, a timber-frame structure will save around 4 tonnes of CO₂. This is because wood is a carbon store, meaning the timber homes you build will retain CO₂. The push for green construction is only on the rise, with an increasing amount of people wanting ‘eco-friendly homes’. Timber frames give developers the ability to offer a greener living option with much less expense and modification than achieving an equivalently performing home of brick and block.