Environmental benefits of building with timber

In recent times, growing pressure to design for energy efficiency has impacted on all aspects of the building industry. Construction design can contribute greatly to maximising comfort and to minimising non-renewable energy consumption.

Timber frame buildings are now being designed to meet low energy construction standards, with timber offering a high standard of thermal comfort while consuming minimal non-renewable energy. Timber in lightweight construction is a superior material compared to manufactured material such as steel, concrete and masonry as it uses a comparatively small amount of non-renewable energy in its extraction and manufacture.

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