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With the modernisation of the construction industry over the years and the attempt to minimise costs, alternative construction materials have come to the forefront. Man-made products such as concrete and steel have dominated the Australian construction industry. In this current environmentally aware era there is an increased focus on improving the sustainability of our surrounding environment. When compared to other building materials, timber products play a positive role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
When we use timber in construction, it locks up carbon for the life of the structure (the scientific word for carbon storage is “sequestration”). This can offset other areas of energy usage in construction and the building’s running cost. For instance, 1600 kilos of timber used in a structure will offset your car's carbon emissions for a year.
No other mainstream structural building material does this.
Click here to see how carbon emission from the manufacture of timber compares to steel
Embodied energy is the amount of energy used to fabricate building materials. Each type of building material has a different embodied energy, and timber’s is extremely low compared with other materials such as steel, concrete and aluminium.
Research clearly demonstrates that timber is a more efficient building product in environmental terms than synthetic equivalents. By choosing timber over another material, architects and designers can easily and economically reduce a structure’s carbon footprint. In addition, timber’s ability to achieve large spans with very light members makes Timberbuilt Solutions’ structural “carbon footprint” the lightest of all.