Is Timber the Perfect Choice for a Sustainable Conservatory?
The population is becoming increasingly aware of environmental issues, and is striving to live as environmentally-friendly as possible. As a result, homeowners are turning to sustainable options when undertaking home improvements.
Adding a conservatory to your home is a perfect example of this. If you’re conscious of plastic use, and are keen to lower your plastic consumption, a uPVC conservatory is probably a bad option. Using sustainable timber, on the other hand, is the perfect choice and has a number of benefits - both to the consumer and the planet.
Read on to discover the environmental benefits of using oak for a conservatory, orangery or garden room - and how to double check that you’re actually receiving sustainable wood for your project.
Why use sustainable timber?
The use of sustainable building materials, such as timber, is one of the most effective ways to incorporate sustainability into your conservatory design. Similarly, the protection of trees - and the promotion of the value they provide the planet - is hugely important.
Trees play an essential role in capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere which, in turn, helps to lower our overall CO2 emissions.
The rise of CO2 in the atmosphere is the single biggest cause of climate change so protecting trees, and ensuring their supply is properly maintained, is incredibly important.
What are the benefits of sustainable timber?
Aside from helping to lower CO2 emissions, sustainable timber provides a wealth of other important environmental benefits.
Wood is a fantastic insulator; it has excellent thermal properties and will help to keep your conservatory cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This is obviously a huge bonus for homeowners as not only will your conservatory be a comfortable temperature all year round, but it will also be much more efficient to both heat and cool, helping you to lower the energy you use and save money on bills.
Similarly, sustainable timber uses less energy to produce than alternative building projects, such as steel, concrete or uPVC. This will reduce the overall carbon footprint of your conservatory, orangery or garden room project.
In addition to its environmental advantages, there are many other reasons timber is the perfect choice for your conservatory. An oak conservatory is durable, long-lasting and incredibly easy to maintain. It will also look fantastic and allow for really creative design.
How to ensure you’re using sustainable timber
If you’re looking for sustainable timber for your conservatory project, it’s important to make sure that’s what you’re actually receiving. Certification schemes, such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), allow you to check that you’re using sustainable timber.
The FSC is an international organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. For timber to be classed as FSC certified, the forest its sourced from is subject to strict management regulations and requirements which make sure it is operating in an environmentally friendly manner.
At Richmond Oak, we only use Class 1, FSC certified fully seasoned European White Oak - meaning it is sustainable and has been sourced from responsibly managed forests. As such, you can rest assured that when you work with us you are receiving a environmentally-friendly, completely sustainable material and a conservatory with a low carbon footprint.
Here at Richmond Oak Conservatories we design and install stunning hardwood conservatories, orangeries and garden rooms. Our friendly team are highly skilled and experienced and will work with you to ensure a finished result which both looks fantastic and offers a number of sustainability benefits. So if you’re looking to build a conservatory which is kind to the environment, please give us a call today.
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