[Carbon Capture & Storage]
Timber PAK SW Ltd aim to lead the southwest in reducing CO2 levels by building in Timber Frame
The UK could store 3.8 million tonnes of CO2 annually in new build timber homes
New build homes in the UK could be effective carbon ‘banks’, capturing and storing nearly 4 million tonnes of CO2 every year if housing targets were met through timber-frame construction, new research from the timber industry’s sustainability campaign has revealed. (Source: Wood for Good September 2017)
This process is known as “Carbon Sequestration”: Carbon Sequestration describes the long-term storage of carbon Dioxide or other forms of carbon to either mitigate or defer global warming and avoid dangerous climate change.
Evidence can be shown by the accompanying videos released by Wood for Good.
Trees absorb carbon. Building with modern methods of construction and timber means taking CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it in the built environment.
Timber PAK SW Ltd is attempting to lead the southwest in aiming to reduce the CO2 levels within the atmosphere by building in Timber Frame”
The House Story
How much carbon is stored in a tree? How does that translate into cut timber and wood products? And how much carbon can be ‘banked’ by using timber for building houses in the UK?
These questions have been raised and answered in a set of short animated films and set of Case Study images created by Carbon Visuals for Wood for Good, the UK’s wood promotion campaign.
Timber PAK SW Ltd is backing the “Wood for Good” Build with Carbon campaign aiming to demonstrate how increased timber construction can act as an effective emissions reduction and carbon storage mechanism, while helping meet social needs and driving vital investment into our forests.
An average 3 Bed Timber Frame house sequesters and stores roughly 19 tonnes of C02. (approx. 1 tonne of CO2 per m3 of wood)
Timber PAK SW Ltd uses this modern method of construction (MMC) in all its buildings, this modern method uses the very latest breathable membranes, insulation and vapour control layers.
The Timber PAK SW Ltd closed panel system offers many key benefits, Full off-site construction, reduction in waste, storage needs and risk of any building delay.
Should the UK reach the government aspiration of building 200,000 homes per year and ensure these are built using Timber Frame then this would be an additional 3.81 million tonnes of C02 locked away.
All timber frame homes have a carbon negative footprint – i.e. they have absorbed and stored more carbon dioxide than has been emitted in the supply chain including manufacture and transportation.
The Building sector contributes up to 30% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions, thus it plays a vital role in mitigating climate change.
Timber PAK SW Ltd ensures building with wood is part of the solution, as wood is the only construction material that stores carbon.
There are four main benefits of timber frame as a sustainable construction method:
Timber PAK SW Ltd aims to store > 2000 Tonnes of CO2 per Annum
Trees play a key role in the carbon cycle, being able to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through the process of photosynthesis.
When the tree is harvested the carbon remains stored in the timber until the end of its physical life – roughly one tonne per metre cubed.
While this carbon is safely locked up in timber products – such as walls, windows, doors or floors – more trees are planted, absorbing and storing carbon as they grow.