Timber offers designers a unique combination of practical, environmental and aesthetic advantages.
Wood has long been used as a structural and finishing material in construction and it continues to be one of the few building materials that can help us meet carbon zero goals.
Practical advantages include:
- Wood is a strong yet lightweight material, offering protective and decorative design functions.
- Wood is easily worked to accomodate alterations and repairs.
- Performance and longevity of lower durability (and cheaper) timber species is easily enhanced by factory applied treatment technologies (preservative treatment or wood modification).
- The fire performance of timber can be upgraded with approved factory applied flame retardants when deemed necessary
- Surface finishes can be applied to customise appearance or give added protection.
- Suitable for both new build and renovation projects.
- Dry installation means the external envelope is quicker to install
- Timber clad buildings eliminate heavy masonry outer walls, reducing size and cost of foundations.
- Cladding panels may be factory pre-fabricated off-site, complete with insulation and breather membrane saving time, labour and costs.