Sustainable timber gives the human touch

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Given a free choice, human beings prefer to live and work in buildings that feature visible and accessible timber. Timber's sensual qualities - its distinctive colours, surface textures and aromas - speak to something fundamental in the human psyche. Metal and concrete fail to resonate in the same way; only stone has something of the same appeal. This preference may be hardwired into our genes, the legacy of countless generations over the millennia who have turned to timber for shelter and warmth, and who learned how to recognise and exploit the diversity of physical and chemical properties available in the world's forests.

Article from Timber 2016 Industry Yearbook

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