The Advantages of Building with Wood
In New Zealand there are more buildings constructed with wood than any other structural material.
Many of these buildings are single-family residences, large apartment buildings, commercial and industrial complexes which use timber framing, plywood and engineered wood products.
Easy to Use
Wood is easy to work with, fast to install and flexible, resulting in quick build times and ease of construction. Timber provides design flexibility and allows modifications during the construction process. Buildings built using wood are easy to renovate and expand. Builders have been building with wood for a number of years so it is reliable, tried and trusted.
Durable and long lasting
Wood doesn’t rust. Wood will far exceed the minimum service life of 50 years which is required to comply with the New Zealand Building Code. Wood treated with the appropriate level of preservative and properly maintained can last more than a hundred years. At CHH Woodproducts we supply a range of treated products which include H1.2 and H3.1.
Wood can take the heat
Wood retains it's strength and generally will not ignite at temperatures under 250°C. Once it catches fire, wood greater than 90mm thick develops a slow burning protective insulating char layer whilst the inner layer retains its strength and stiffness.Wood provides no shocks or surprises, when fully dry, wood is a natural electrical insulator and will not conduct a current or become live.
Naturally eco friendly
Wood is carbon negative, that is, it removes CO2 from the atmosphere and remains carbon negative even when transportation is taken into account. Numerous international studies have shown that timber framing is an environmentally responsible way to build.
In areas where seismic risk is a key consideration, timber framing has found to have a unique capacity to absorb movement and sudden tremors.