Using wood as a building material has been around for many, many years, possibly even thousands of years. Long before mainstream manufacturing, long before plastics, and before machinery for metals. But how sustainable is the continued use of wood now that we are looking at vast amounts of deforestation and global warming?
One of the biggest benefits in the use of wood as a building material over the likes of plastic such as uPVC is the fact that it is the most environmentally friendly material that is available. Wood is fully biodegradable, an effective insulator, and completely renewable. Meaning that it has a very limited impact on the environment, provided that it is sustainably sourced and reasonably harvested. Here at Brinard Joinery, we are members of the British Woodworking Federation, meaning that all of our wood has been sustainably sourced from certified forests.
As wood is an entirely natural product, it means that it is fully biodegradable. This means that eventually over time, wooden structures and forms will decompose back into the earth, rather than polluting the environment and the grounds we live on. The likes of plastics, concretes and metals, while commonly used and widely available, do not offer this positive, making the use of wood, the best for the environment.
While many other building materials are man-made, meaning that they can be repeatedly made time and time again, wood is a truly renewable resource. Providing that the wood used is from a reputable source, they ensure that the wood that is harvested is sustainably replanted, ensuring continuous resources. There are also extensive reforestation projects across the world to replace any wood that has not been sustainably chopped down. Wood is also extremely versatile, so any spare left after projects are finished can be reused and recycled for another purpose.
Here at Brinard Joinery, we pride ourselves in the use of Accoya wood. Not only does this wood boast an increased lifespan, it is also entirely sourced from sustainable forests. You can read more about our use on Accoya on our website, or in our blog on our use of Accoya.
For more information on the use of wood in all of our bespoke joinery products, please contact a member of our expert team today who will be happy to assist you. You can also check out our range of blogs to see how your home could benefit from some bespoke joinery.