Living and working in places with timber
Trees need CO2 to grow. They have the unique ability to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and store it long-term in their fiber. Sustainable forestry is a key in fighting climate change. We take great pride in knowing our sawyers and where our wood grew.
All woods provided to Bensonwood can be or are fulfilled with FSC Certifications, certified sustainable by the Forestry Stewardship Council.
Wood is the only building material that grows naturally and can be replenished. Wood product certification emerged in the 1990s to develop guidelines for responsible forest management. The net growth of harvestable timbers in North America has grown by billions of feet a year since 1920, while the removals have been reduced both per acre and overall. Additionally, managed forests reduce the chances of forest fires.
Low Energy Impact
Not only does it take less energy to produce timber, but also the net CO2 emissions of wood products are drastically less. Timber is a single source material. Steel and concrete require significantly more fossil fuels to extract the needed raw materials, and for the numerous processes to manufacture. Also, at the end of a timber building’s life, its wood can be burned for energy, or better yet, repurposed into new building materials.
Types of Wood
High quality coastal douglas fir and West Coast cedars are our preference for exposed timber because of their great strength and beauty, but Eastern species hold a place in our hearts and we often put in the extra effort to incorporate them into designs. Regardless of your preference, it’s important to note that by incorporating carbon sequestering hardwoods and softwoods, lumber, panels, fiber products and cellulose insulation into your projects, you are helping to fight climate change.
We know wood, and understand it deeply at the cellular level, which varies by species. It’s long strong fibers are some of the best on the planet. We know which woods are durable, local, dense, stable and rapidly renewable. Natural treatments, and protective and architectural finishes and surfacing are available with our wood products.
Timber won’t ignite until it reaches more than 480ºF. When it catches fire, it develops an insulating protective char layer. Large timber beams have better fire resistance than unprotected steel beams of similar size because timber’s interior remains much cooler. Timber can take the heat while steel rapidly conducts heat to its inner core. Steel and reinforced concrete start to weaken at temperatures that adequately sized timber can handle.