Timber is our best option for commercial volumes in sustainable building material. If we continue to develop our country’s infrastructure then we should be choosing the most environmentally friendly option possible.
What makes timber sustainable?
Wood Solutions explain “…the answer lies in timber’s low embodied energy – that is, minimal non-renewable energy is consumed in the production of and construction with timber. Timber also has inherent thermal properties, meaning timber structures rely less on carbon-emitting heating and cooling devices. Add to this timber’s recyclability, the fact that is stores carbon for life, and a high aesthetic quality”.
By taking all factors that timber has to offer, sustainably harvested wood is our answer to a green future. The Victorian Association of Forestry Industries (VAFI) stated “Timber is a renewable, biodegradable, recyclable product.”
How does it compare?
Your other building choices are materials like aluminium, steel, concrete and plastic which are all responsible for emiting huge amounts of GHG emissions and have high embodied energy.
Compare the figures in this extract of an embodied energy table from the Victorian Government.
Sustainable facts about Victorian Ash:
- Before harvesting, all flora, fauna, silvicultural, historical and cultural aspects are surveyed, plotted and allowed for.
- The harvesting process is scientifically designed to mimic the natural growth pattern of Victorian Ash species to ensure an organic cycle.
- In excess of 400 million seeds are planted each year.
- 100% of each log we receive is used. E.g. sawdust used as a green energy solution to power our kilns.
- Up to 50% of the weight of kiln dried Victorian Ash is actually stored carbon (320kg per cubic metre approximately). This is far more helpful for lifecycle assessment and embodied energy considerations than other building materials or soft woods.
- We are proudly third party audited for Australian Forest Standard (AFS), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC), the Environmental Management System ISO14001.
- For even more sustainability facts, click here.