Alongside pure environmental concerns wood should also be considered for its excellent technical performance. Timber has a high strength-to-weight ratio, which allows structures to be designed and built extremely efficiently. As well as its superior thermal efficiency it has excellent acoustic properties giving improved sound insulation.
Wood is far safer in fire than conventional concrete and steel construction as it has a low rate of conductivity and expansion.
It is also extremely resistant to corrosion, which is why it is widely specified for harsh environments such as the marine and chemical industries.
Aesthetically there is no material that matches the texture, colour, tone and feel of wood, one of the world's greatest natural materials.
For structural components, interior joinery and landscape products, there really is no alternative.