Exposure to wood products and interiors has measurable health benefits, similar those created by spending time in nature.
Timber is a greenhouse positive product with a lower net environmental impact than most other building materials, such as emission-intensive steel, aluminum, or concrete..It’s one of the only building materials that contribute to the long term reduction of carbon emissions: positively addressing climate change.
TIMBER LOWERS STRESS LEVELS
Wood products within a room have also been shown to improve indoor air quality by moderating humidity. Wood, therefore, is one way to create a healthier built environment. Timber:
- Improves attention and focus
- Increases creativity
- Reduces pain perception
TIMBER CAN PREVENT MENTAL AND PHYSICAL DECLINE IN THE ELDERLY
Timber can foster social interaction and potentially slow mental and physical decline in elderly people. The regular use of wood products significantly increased the social interaction and activity levels of the elder. Thus, use of wood products may enhance the possibility of preventing mental and physical decline in the frail elderly.
TIMBER IMPROVES COGNITIVE ABILITY
The indoor built environment plays a critical role in our overall well-being. We spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, and buildings have a unique ability to positively or negatively influence our health. An increasing number of architects who design buildings for healing, learning and relaxation are now incorporating significant amounts of wood into their structures to capitalize on its health and wellbeing benefits.
TIMBER KEEP US FEELING COOL
Inside timber is a cellular structure which contains air pockets. These help to limit the material’s ability to conduct heat. As such, timber is a fantastic insulating material. When it’s cold outside, timber-framed buildings better retain heat; when it’s hot, you’re less likely to overheat. Timber is also a hygroscopic material, giving it the ability to exchange moisture with the surrounding air, fighting against humidity. Timber’s keeping it cool.
ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY: TIMBER BENEFITS OUR PLANET
When sourced sustainability, timber is a key tool in fighting against climate change. Well-managed forests will regrow, and timber stores carbon dioxide from the environment, as well as using less carbon dioxide to produce and transport (because of its lightweight nature).
High-five! In a roundabout way, this benefits all humans further down the line. Timber-framed construction is an essential tool in fight to preserve our planet for generations to come.
If you’ve invested in a timber building, we’ll permit you a smug pat on the back for doing your part for the environment. You’ve used a 100% renewable building material – so feel good about yourself.
In addition to its health impacts, the use of responsibly sourced, certified wood can have significant positive environmental outcomes and help reduce climate change.
Wood is one of the oldest and most versatile building materials used by humanity and its revival shows it has a large part to play in building a healthy future.