Low Carbon

Why Choose A Low Carbon Building?

Wood has a negative carbon intensity because while a tree is growing, carbon is sequestered and stored, meaning that carbon dioxide is taken from the atmosphere, rather than being emitted into it during production of the material. Carbon dioxide is the main gas released into the atmosphere and, as a greenhouse gas, the highest contributor to global warming.

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) studies show that managed woodland products have a far less harmful footprint than many other materials in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and embodied energy.

Provided it is sourced from a sustainably managed woodland, timber products can significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions impact.

Here at Canada Wood our trees are hand selected for the job, felled on site, hand peeled and finished in the round before being dispatched for assembly at its final destination. Being just meters away from start to finish this process keeps our footprint to a minimum.

The Benefits Of Using Timber In Construction

In a recent study carried out by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management (ECCM) they compared the carbon dioxide footprint of conventional building materials verses the benefits of introducing more timber into a construction. In the results ECCM estimated that there could be an up to 88 per cent reduction of greenhouse gases when timber was used over standard building materials. Where typical building material were used such as concrete and steel they were replaced with timber. The energy expended to process a tree into a finished sawn piece of timber was one-tenth of the production costs of steel.

The benefits of using wood in construction

  • To benefit the environment
  • Structurally very strong
  • Natural insulator
  • Renewable resource
  • Low carbon footprint
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Biodegradable