Taking timber beyond traditional boundaries

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Timber is a natural, hygroscopic, anisotropic material that must be properly understood if it is to be used efficiently within the built environment. With good silvicultural practices timber can be sourced responsibly and converted (with relatively low energy requirements) to provide environmentally sound construction products. Combining timber construction components appropriately through holistic design, informed detailing and quality assured building practices will result in a highly energy efficient building fabric that provides user comfort.

Article from Timber 2016 Industry Yearbook

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