Are Wood Building Structures Good Heat Insulators?

by Aug 1, 2021Wood Building Construction General0 comments

When it comes to ensuring effective heat insulation throughout the structure of a building, the material used is often the biggest consideration. People’s first thought may be steel, brick, or concrete when it comes to effective insulators. However, Seagate Structures believe that you will not find a better insulator than wood. Plus, wood is also a more dependable and versatile material.

How Wood Works as an Insulator

There is a reason why log structures, picture a wooden cabin, are so popular in colder climates. Wood is one of the oldest and most reliable options for preserving warmth in a structure’s interior. Not only this, but it excels at keeping cool air from escaping a structure during the warmer months, meaning wood frames are temperature versatile.

This is all achievable thanks to the tiny air pockets within the wood. These tiny pockets act as vacuums and stop energy from quickly transferring through them. This process greatly slows down the movement of heat.

Why Wood Is the Best Choice for Insulation

Clocking in at 15 times less thermal-conductive than its only true competitor, masonry, wood is by far the best option for a well-insulated construction project.

A major benefit wood will provide is a consistent temperature across interior spaces. This translates to lower costs for heating and cooling. This means choosing wood can be an incredibly cost-effective solution for building construction in the long term.

Other Benefits of Wood Structures

Lower heating costs are not the only benefit of employing wood in construction. Because wood traps carbon emissions, it is one of the most sustainable materials available. With BC’s current emphasis on sustainable development, mass timber will be essential for the construction industry.

Seagate is a Canadian construction company that specializes in the use of timber. We create dream structures through wood and would be happy to answer any inquiries about the benefits of wood as an insulator.

Seagate Mass Timber is leading the revolution in “Big Wood” being used in all areas of construction. Seagate has offices in British Columbia, Canada and the US in Washington state.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about your construction project, please call us at (604) 529-7685.

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