Timber construction: the new sustainable way to build
Construction methods and the different ways to build are in constant evolution. In recent years, architects have focused on building estates that are increasingly more energy efficient and sustainable. This becomes very important when plans are designed to be raised in natural paradises such as any of the Balearic Islands. It is pricelessly in these environments where timber construction has a relevant role because it is ecological, environmentally friendly and, in addition, very attractive to the naked eye.
There is nothing like incorporating a building into the natural environment of its surroundings. Feeling that the structure, the house, the block of flat… are part of the landscape benefits not only the environment but it is also pleasantly beautiful in our eyes. Timber construction has multiple advantages and in this post we are going to name them all.
Advantages of timber construction
Wood is the sustainable building material of the 21st century. Many architects have seen in it more than a simple building material and have been able to squeeze it and take advantage of each of its many pluses. The result? Homes of great ecological, functional and aesthetic value that gather more architectural benefits than those made with conventional materials such as cement and concrete.
1. Energy advantages
Wood has unparalleled insulation properties. It acts as a thermal and acoustic insulation, insulating 5 times more than bricks. In addition, it is an excellent moisture regulator by absorption, and is a heat retainer. This means that we have a material of great energy efficiency that will translate into big savings in consumption and, therefore, in the expense of climate control systems such as heating and air conditioning.
It creates more welcoming environments throughout the year, which improves the habitability experience and increases the quality of life of its inhabitants.
2. Environmental advantages
Timber construction has countless ecological benefits. Wood is a sustainable material, that is, it is a natural production good preserved over time without generating scarcity of available resources. Contrary to what many may think, the extraction of wood for construction purposes does not generate deforestation since this type of wood is extracted from fast-growing plantations intended for this purpose, not from consolidated forests.
In addition, the extracted wood must be certified so that the existing regulation in the sector is exhaustive and effective.
Wood’s environmental advantages are also evident in the construction process since, being faster and more efficient, the emission of gases and the use of fuels are significantly reduced. Unlike concrete or steel, which turn into polluting solids once they lose their properties, wood’s advantages don’t end with its useful life, since it is a biodegradable material, it will return to nature.
3. Functional advantages
Once we have seen how advantageous wood can be for the environment and the inhabitants, we cannot miss the opportunity to elaborate on the merits and virtues it offers to architects and builders. While it is true that the design of structures made with wood as well as its selection and treatment must be impeccable, it is a material whose technical and functional properties also facilitate the building process.
Why? Because wood is highly resistant, very effective when it comes to supporting heavy loads and, although it may seem weak and fragile, it is certainly hard and flexible. In addition, it is a very easy material to work with, which speeds up the construction process.
Although wood has always dragged ghosts from the past derived from false beliefs that question its resistance to inclement weather, insect pests and fire, you just have to look at the number of buildings from past centuries that still retain all their architectural properties and whose beauty has been revalued over the years.
Here we have material with multiple advantages that will improve the environmental quality in the coming years and our quality of life. Timber construction is already the present and, no doubt, the future.