How Energy Efficient is Wood Frame Construction?

by May 30, 2021Mass Timber, Mass Timber Projects, Wood Building Construction General0 comments

Wood frame construction is being hailed as the future of large construction projects in BC. The Canadian government has even started to create grants for the use of mass timber in construction. This is because wood is extremely energy efficient and can help reduce our carbon footprint.

One of the greatest benefits of wood framing is the energy-efficiency. Building your projects “green” not only minimizes the environmental impact of construction today but will also be cost-effective in the long run.

A Great Short & Long-term Solution

Wood frame construction is beneficial for the environment versus competing resources because of the minimal impact it has on the supply chain. Because the cost of manufacturing, transporting, and constructing wood-framed buildings is considerably cheaper than steel and concrete alternatives, wood immediately uses less energy and is an environmentally friendly solution.

Furthermore, wood’s long-term life cycle assessment (LCA) is far better than steel or concrete. This means that wood and mass timber buildings have an overall smaller energy consumption rate at every step of the process, from gathering materials, to the long-term effects of maintaining the building.

Insulation Benefits

In contrast to steel and concrete, the cellular structure of wood slows down the loss of heat. This means that wood framing is a naturally good insulator for any project and can lead to a cheaper energy bill.

Wood framing is not only good at capturing heat in the colder months, but it also excels at keeping the summer heat out. This versatility allows mass timber to be an excellent intermediary between stylistic and functional.

A Design that Works With, and Not Against, Nature

Wood and mass timber solutions work with the environment in more ways than one. Wood-constructed buildings also have a much higher interior air quality than steel and concrete counterparts.

Furthermore, as long as the building is standing, the wood has various carbon-capturing benefits, ensuring that the release of greenhouse gasses from the project is kept to a minimum.

The benefits of wood construction projects, especially those using mass timber, are plentiful These types of framing solutions be cheaper than concrete and steel and can also save building owners on expenses. Creating energy-efficient spaces is the future of British Columbia, and wood frame construction is the best material of choice.

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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