Timber merchants now often sell their products online and have their own website to sell their goods. If you want to buy timber online, you need to make sure it is going to meet your expectations. Here are some of the things to look out for that will indicate quality:
- Custom milling services. Cutting the timber down to size for you indicates that they have their own timber mill and can offer bespoke services.
- Wooden sleepers. Sleepers are versatile pieces of wood that can be used for anything around the home. From furniture to ceiling beams, sleepers can do it all. Check what the sleepers are made out of and where they have been sourced.
- Wood that has been sourced sustainably. Read about their sustainability policies and find out where the wood being sold has come from. If the timber merchant has their own timber growing supplies, this is even better.
Renewable energy and materials is a big issue within modern society, and the pursuit of each of these certainly has some involvement in the construction industry. Studies have shown that the construction of buildings is one of the biggest global contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Changing this situation is a responsibility for both the construction companies and those looking specifying what materials they want to use in their buildings.
There are three reasons for why the construction industry has such a large carbon footprint; heavy machinery is often used in building projects, which use a lot of energy, excavating and transporting materials can also be a significant contributor, and processing them into a usable product is also a massive part of the equation. Using renewable resources that are sourced locally, while not always practical, when done has been proven to be an excellent method for reducing the impact on the environment.
There are a lot of renewable resources that can be substituted in for more generic, mass produced, manufactured materials. For instance, many people have tested cotton out as a replacement for oil-based insulation, and clay as a plaster replacement. Each of these are produced in nature, and can be categorised as renewable and safe for the environment, whereas what they’re replacing aren’t.