There is, unfortunately, still some stigma attached to building with wood. However, there are some significant advantages to using wood in construction and we are going to outline them for you here.
The benefits of wood as a building material are significant compared to other products on the market when considering the environmental effects and performance. Wood is relatively light and outperforms steel when it comes to self-support length. In other words, wood is better at supporting its own weight and doesn’t need as much structural support along its length as steel does.
Wood and wood products have enormous potential across different sectors, from musical instruments to aerospace, construction, and furniture. Wood-based products and particularly things like wood biomass have a huge potential to assist in solving the challenges of climate change. Cross-laminated timber (CLT), fibreboard, and chipboard are highly useful in wood construction, and are environmentally friendly.
Here are some of the benefits of using wood in construction–benefits that are not always understood or fully appreciated.
1. Tensile strength
Wood has been known to be lighter compared to steel. Research has shown that timber can support its own weight better.
2. Heat and electrical resistance
Timber is resistant to electrical conduction when dried to the appropriate moisture content.
3. Sound absorption
Wood minimizes echos in offices and living spaces. Timber absorbs sound rather than amplifying or reflecting it, and can reduce noise levels compared to metal products.
Aesthetic options for wood are limitless in addition to providing different thermal, mechanical, and acoustic properties.
5. Wood is renewable
Wood can be regrown or grown via natural processes, unlike metals or concrete. Wood can be replanted through forestry management plans. Many people don’t realize that wood can be used in a renewable and environmentally friendly way.
6. Wood enhances energy efficiency
Wood has a much better insulation rating compared to plastic or steel. Residential and commercial homes require less energy to maintain cooling and heating temperatures. This is good for the bottom line.
We want the public to realize that wood is a great choice in construction, and we’re paving the way for more builders to use wood.
Seagate Mass Timber is leading the revolution in “Big Wood” being used in all areas of construction. Seagate has offices in British Columbia, Canada and the US in Washington state.
If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about your construction project, please call us at (604) 296-1171.