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Environmental Benefits of Building with Timber
Climate change is one of the most important global environmental issues in the world today. The challenge now facing countries, including Australia, is how to respond to this issue.  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 framed buildings are now being designed to meet low energy construction standards as timber has a high standard of thermal comfort while consuming minimal non-renewable energy. A principal objective for responsible design of environmentally friendly timber construction is to minimise life cycle energy consumption.

Timber in lightweight construction is a superior material compared to manufactured materials such as steel, concrete and masonry as it uses a comparatively small amount of non-renewable energy in its extraction and manufacture.  Timber maximises the efficiency of insulation materials because wood never gets cold or dissipated heat, therefore less energy is required to maintain warmth in a building, and the less energy used, the less damage to the environment.

Today, timber is available with a variety of popular and very cost effective treatments that can make it an extremely durable and termite resistant building material.  Click on these links to learn more about timber's environmental and performance benefits:

Carbon Storage
For the environmentally conscious architect, engineer or building professional, timber is a logical choice. With the ability to store carbon for its entire service life, using sustainably sourced timber can help tackle climate change and transition to a low carbon economy.

Life Cycle Analysis
A life cycle analysis measures the environmental impacts of building products throughout their life. By providing a standard way of comparing building products, it helps building professionals make informed and environmentally conscious decisions.

Low Embodied Energy
When compared against other common building material alternatives, timber's low embodied energy is another reason why choosing timber is a positive choice for our environment.

Maximise Green Star Ratings
The Green Star Energy Rating system has accelerated industry focus on sustainable design and development. Using timber can help maximise green star credits.

Recycling and Wood Waste
In the timber industry rarely is there such a thing as a wasted piece of wood. Learn here about some of the more unique and innovative uses of timber waste and offcuts.

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