get the maximum benefit from the CO2 stored in any wood product,
it is essential to extend its life as long as possible.
WOOD HAS A LONG LIFE
No building material can be considered sustainable unless it is durable.
Good design and detailing, specifying the right timber, treatment and
maintenance are all important to the life expectancy of wood, especially
when in contact with water.
BRE (The Building Research Establishment) gives timber frame houses the
same life expectancy as brick and block, and factory finished windows
a life expectancy of 35 years – the same as PVC-U windows. Many
timber window manufacturers offer 30 year warranties against failure
of the window frame – longer than for any other material. And with
proper maintenance, the windows will last much longer still.
Wood is durable, but it’s also desirable. Long after other materials
would have been replaced, solid wood floors, doors, mouldings and furniture
are still gaining character and being cherished.
WOOD CAN BE REUSED
When a building is being modified or demolished, many of the wood
products can be reclaimed and reused. There’s a strong market for
doors, windows, shutters, panelling and floors are much in demand.