Environmentally Friendly Timber Frame Homes
The timber used in timber frame homes is one of the oldest building materials on earth and completely biodegradable. While concrete is known to have a large environmental impact via increased greenhouse gas emissions, homeowners are opting to design and build timber frame buildings. The sustainability of timber can not be over-stated. The biggest factor contributing to a timber frame’s sustainability is its ability to last. With proper design and maintenance, timber frame structures can deliver centuries of reliable performance.
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How Timber Frame Homes Effect Our Environment
The very act of growing timber benefits the environment. As they grow, trees absorb a large amount of C02 from the surrounding atmosphere and release oxygen in exchange.
Wood is lighter in weight than materials like stone and concrete, meaning that transportation requirements are lower and resulting in less emissions from transport.
Timber is completely non-toxic and does not break down into materials that could potentially damage the environment.
Timber has a natural thermal insulation effect, preventing heat energy from escaping. Buildings are responsible for more than half of all C02 emissions. The insulating effect provided by timber-frame buildings means less energy is required to raise the indoor temperature, resulting in less fossil-fuel energy being used. The end result is an economic savings for the homeowner.
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Timber framing often uses less wood and resources, making it the most sustainable way of building a home. Wood grows naturally and is the only major building material that’s both renewable and sustainable over the long term. The very act of growing and harvesting timber has great environmental benefits due to CO2 absorption and and oxygen emission.
Once in a home, timber is low maintenance, durable and assists in the insulation capabilities of the YBH True Panel System. Building a Yankee Barn creates a structure that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a home’s life.
Yankee Barn Homes is dedicated to producing environmentally friendly timber frame homes.