Why Timber?

• Timber is tried and tested for the applications it is used for with all the building codes, and scientific tests to back it up.

• It has low toxicity and easy to use.

• Timber is electrically resistent which is useful in buildings today due the increasing amount of electrical and electronic equipment that is being used.

• It is strong and lightweight, having a strength for weight ratio 20 percent higher than structural steel.

• It can be recycled.

• Timber is the most versatile recyclable building material. We can’t create other raw materials used in construction but we can always grow more trees. As indicated on our Certification Page, Paradise Timbers is committed to sourcing the most environmentally friendly sources of timber products.

• Timber has a high thermal efficiency rate, making it a highly efficient and environmentally friendly product.

• Timber has a unique colour variation, that man has spent millions of dollars to replicate, only to have it look "fake". Why bother when timber does it naturally.

Environmental reasons to use timber.

Not so long ago plastic was "environmentally friendly". How wrong we were! Now everything this is being about enviornmentally friendly, and timber is the only one that is.

Timber is the only building product that is 100% renewable, biodegradeable, and requires zero energy consumption to grow, has no harmful or hazardous by-products, and every part of the tree is used so there is no physical waste.

Any mined resource used for building materials will NEVER be replaced. That is NEVER. Not ever in our life time, not ever in 200 years. Just NEVER! The cost to mine raw materials is many times that of harvesting a tree, and there are often nasty by-products. Not to mention some very big holes in the ground!

Any man made building product generally requires much larger energy consumption to manufacture it than it does to grow trees & harvest trees. Many manmade building materials are hazardous, are not biodegradable, and have harmful or hazardous by-products.

However, just how effective are these alternative building materials, especially in regards to their overall environmental impact? Each type of building material has a different ‘embodied energy’. ‘Embodied energy’ is the amount of energy used to fabricate particular building materials.

For example:

• A timber suspended floor with a timber sub-floor enclosure has 40% less embodied energy than a concrete slab on ground.
• A weather board, timber frame has 79% less embodied energy than double brick veneer.
• Timber windows with 3mm glass has 45% less embodied energy than aluminim windows with 3mm glass.

One of the statements widely made in the media is that timber is the only building material that stores carbon. This is only part of the story. What about the carbon that is released during the manufacturing process? The table below shows boths sides of this carbon story across some of the raw building materials used in modern building practices.

Material Carbon released (kg/m3) Carbon stored (kg/m3)
Sawn timber 15 250
Steel 5320 0
Concrete 120 0
Aluminum 22000 0

It is all very well to make these comments, but what are the facts to support this? The National Association of Forest Indusctries ( NAFI ) have published their results on this exact study. If you want to be blown away by the real facts on why you should use timber read this document.

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