Sustainable construction is the new trend because of the increasing impact construction has on the environment. Timber is one of the materials that is used more widely now because it is eco-friendly and does not deplete non-renewable resources. Using timber frames provides great advantages and benefits when combined with high precision construction, clever planning, and good implementation.
Although timber frames are lightweight compared to most other construction materials, when built well they can also be highly durable and strong.
Along with this, timber also provides very good levels of flexibility. It can be used as timber cladding with any other material such as stone or brick. This can be done to complement local construction requirements and regulations. Since timber is lightweight, the transportation costs are less. Also, they can be used in difficult terrains and land conditions because of the components in the timber frame weightless.
Here are a few of the main advantages of timber:
Timber is used for multiple applications because it is extremely versatile. Since it is lightweight, not much effort is required for installation. It is also easy to work with, cut, and manipulate, often requiring very minimal equipment. This also reduces energy consumption during construction.
The frame of timber can be pre-cut and modulated to reduce the overall building time. Timber battens can also be premade and easily installed. Timber construction often reduces the amount of building debris left over post-build, and requires less energy to clear the mess up. If the build time is quick, you can save money on construction.
Wide variety of sizes and designs
Timber has a lot of visual appeal making it a favourite material for many architects and interior designers. The possibilities of design concepts with timber are endless, it is highly customizable and can be turned into many specific needs for your home. Timber also compliments a lot of home accessories.
Timber is one of those materials that has very few disadvantages. The major pro of timber is that it is not toxic and doesn’t allow chemical vapor to leak into a building. Timber is also very easy to handle and safe to touch. Even when it ages, timber’s natural process of aging is non-toxic.
Timber is a completely renewable building material that can be grown easily and quickly. Most of the countries that supply timber have policies that make it compulsory to re-grow timber that is felled. Since timber is also available in so many countries around the world, it is typically used for construction in nearby regions from where it has been produced, therefore much less energy is spent on transportation to longer distances.
The timber grows using carbon from the atmosphere. This used up carbon would otherwise contribute to the greenhouse effect. When you use timber for construction, it stores that carbon for as long as the building is standing.
Timber is a great insulator and can reduce energy consumption. It is because the wood has properties that make it thermally insulating. Given that a home that is better-insulated requires less energy consumption in order to cool it or warm it up, there is less use of energy and on fossil fuels.
The advantages of timber for construction are endless. Consider using this versatile material for your next commercial or residential build!