Benefits of timber 2021-03-10T09:49:28+00:00
  • Timber adds a lot of value to buildings. Photo by Earthworld

Timber is carbon-neutral and renewable

By | May 11th, 2021|Benefits of timber|

Mention timber buildings, and most people think of Wendy houses, log cabins, fire hazards or deforestation. According to Roy Southey, executive director for Sawmilling South Africa (SSA) the opposite is true. “The consumption of sustainable [...]

  • Forests are our safety nets. Photo by Pixabay

Restoring our forests provides a path to recovery and well-being

By | April 12th, 2021|Benefits of timber|

By Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations Never before has there been greater reason to focus our attention on these precious natural resources that cover a [...]

  • The Mass Timber Focus Group. Photo by MTFG

Is timber the answer?

By | March 10th, 2021|Benefits of timber|

According to David Elliott, one of the founders of the Mass Timber Focus Group, there are two big opportunities for timber in South Africa. The one is mid-rise commercial buildings and the other bulk residential [...]

  • Image credit: Earthworld Architects

Earthworld Architects’ House Dreyer, Mooikloof Estate, Pretoria

By | February 5th, 2021|Benefits of timber, Projects|

By Arné Gunter, Earthworld Architects At Earthworld Architects’ House Dreyer at the Mooikloof Estate in Pretoria, the way the home engaged with a nearby lake became the most important design informant. The lake was used [...]

  • Timber has been used more and more in construction, especially in parts of Europe and the US. Image credit: The Constructor

Timber as an alternative building material

By | December 11th, 2020|Benefits of timber|

By Arné Gunter of Earthworld Architects [Certified ARCHICAD User; Certified ARCHICAD BIM Manager] Timber in the last couple of years has become somewhat of a celebrity in the construction industry, especially in Europe and North America, [...]

  • A wooden interior adds to the overall feel-good appeal. Image credit: Scott Ramsay

Treated timber – a sustainable choice

By | November 17th, 2020|Benefits of timber, Features|

By SAWPA Treated wood as a construction material is renewable and provided by nature with predictable performance. It captures carbon from the atmosphere and locks it away for decades. It has a low energy demand [...]