The impact of timber in the Environment compared to Technowood

October 1, 2019

The world of construction can be a much better place with the increased use of timber instead of other construction materials.

Timber can considerably reduce the carbon footprint of the complex construction environment we live in. When considering standard building materials, timber is by far the most environmentally welcoming, as it has the lowest energy consumption and the lowest carbon dioxide emissions. Timber is not a toxic, timber does not discharge chemical vapour into the structure of the building.

When timber is used in a Technowood product it is only used at 0.5mm thickness so in the majority of projects we can state that if you have to use timber and you would prefer to use as little as possible you should consider Technowood. Furthermore, we can reduce the current consumption of timber by an average of 98%. In terms of trees consider a 1000 trees for a solid timber project… now consider Technowood only using 20 for exactly the same project…

Technowood cladding is a combination of very little timber and aluminium.

Aluminium poses no danger of environmental toxicity when its local contact area remains at or above 5.0ph… Repeated recycling of aluminium does not affect its quality.

Aluminium is not only a resourceful material because it’s lightweight and conducts heat well, but it can also be recycled indefinitely.

To consider that, the trees in construction materials should be certified and many companies strive to uphold their environmental policies by being FSC certified there is still plenty of timber being used.

Technowood, although uses only 2% of timber, is certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council. FSC is the leading catalyst and defining force for improved forest management and market transformation, shifting the global forest trend toward sustainable use, conservation, restoration, and respect for all

Also the FSC chain of custody certification verifies that FSC-certified material has been identified and separated from non-certified and non-controlled material as it makes its way along the supply chain, from the forest to the market.

A simple case study was performed on a recent project.


Section used80×40 mm Technowood profile
200×20 mm Technowood siding
Solid wood usage (with 30% wastage)50,000 m
15,000 m²
Trees needed57.20 m³ = 191 trees
85.80 m³ = 286 trees
Total143 m³ or 477 trees

Compared to solid wood

Section used80×40 mm solid teak wood profile
200×20 mm solid teak wood siding
Solid wood usage (with 45% wastage)50,000
15,000 m²
Trees needed2,320 m³ or 7,734 trees
4,350 m³ or 14,500 trees
Total6,670 m³ or 22,234 trees

By using Technowood 21,757 trees are saved from cutting. That means approximately 13.60 Hectares of Forest Area for just one Project. Percentage of trees saved is 97.86%

Technowood products are certainly products that care, designed by Architects for Architects.