I was very pleased with the high standard of carpentry, it all went together very nicely. As I am sure you are aware, it makes a lot of difference on site when things like that are accurately marked and cut.M Mitchell, Box, Wiltshire
We strive to run, both an environmentally responsible business and to build in the most environmentally responsible way.
Timber is the most sustainable of all major structural building materials. Oak is widely available and is easily replaced – indeed, almost all oak used in construction is a ‘farmed crop.’ As well as supporting sustainable European forests, we work closely with the Woodland Trust charity in the UK, who campaign for, support, replenish and establish forests across the UK.
It’s well known that trees are nature’s carbon dioxide filters. Most of our oak comes from trees which have grown from 50 to 100 years – absorbing and locking in carbon dioxide over that time. When farmed oak is felled, it is typically replaced with a greater number of trees, helping the environment while they grow.
The ‘embodied energy’ of a building material is the energy needed to bring that material into use – the total energy used in fabrication, construction and so on. Oak is one of the most environmentally responsible building materials: steel uses 120 times more embodied energy and aluminium a staggering 650 times more. Oak lasts a long time – many hundreds of years – and is easily disposed of should the need arise. It can either be recycled or returned to the ground.
Environmentally responsible construction
We work hard to run our business as responsibly as possible, reducing our impact on the environment, including using offset schemes to mitigate our energy usage and travel costs. Since the energy used in the construction of the building is minimal compared to that used during its occupation, we also work hard to create homes which are as energy efficient as possible.