Oak Is The King Of Natural Resources
Oak is the King of natural resources
Oak isn’t just a material – it’s a crafter’s favourite, a super green resource and a strong and durable for an array of different builds. Oak is readily available and can be harnessed and used across the world, including building and pieces of furniture. Oak really does have a lot of benefits when it comes to creating buildings and objects from it:
Oak is natural
Unlike many building resources, oak is entirely natural – meaning that it’s not poisonous, doesn’t leak chemical vapours and is safe to handle. It also means that as oak naturally ages, it does so safely. You can tailor its use to suit your needs, as well as fitting it in with your current surroundings.
Timber has been a building resource for thousands of years, and grows constantly and cyclically in rainforests, woods and forests throughout the world. As long as there are trees, there’ll be timber in the world. Meaning that timber can be used and used without a depletion of supply, as long as trees are grown to replace them.
A renewable source
Oak is great for the planet. Not only is oak recyclable and regenerative, it stores carbon. Oak trees have a positive role to play in countering the greenhouse effect. They absorb carbon dioxide by photosynthesis, drawing it away from the atmosphere. In addition, oak has a very low CO2 cost of any commercially available building material.
Also, building with oak can help reduce your energy usage, as the material’s a great insulator – cutting back even further on your bills. An all-round winner! Reducing the amount of energy you use can go a long way towards reducing your carbon footprint – little changes can make a real difference.
Oak frame buildings are very customisable and adaptable. They can create a strong basis for your project and can be incorporated with other materials and skills easily and effectively. Plus, oak is very robust and can withstand incredibly strong natural forces so great when battling the cold winter weather.
Incorporating oak into the design of your building can really help to create a more sustainable build as you would not have to rely on other non-resourceful materials. It is a lot easier to incorporate these sustainable solutions into the beginning of a project to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with other aspects of your build and is ready to use when you are.
According to recent statistics from Climate Change News, the UK is more responsible for global warming than any other country. As a result, it’s vital that we start to make amends by cutting back on our contribution to the greenhouse effect wherever possible – in all aspects of our lives, at home and at work.
Implement positive green changes by using materials such as oak can really make a difference to your personal carbon footprint. Although there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach, using natural oak in your building is one steps further towards an eco-friendly environment and a fabulous natural environment.
This article is written by Becky Nesbit with helpful information from Paragon Oak