According to a recent study, an average human spends almost 90% of their time indoors. Hence, many architects and interior designers now not only focus on the look of the interiors, but also explore different ways in which they can enhance the health of the users.
Innovative ideas like designing sustainable spaces and green buildings, using natural building materials, making the most of natural light are actively used to create relaxed spaces which lead to increased productivity, creativity and positivity. The innate wellness that humans feel towards nature is what makes wood a natural choice for creating positive spaces.
Utilising wood for structural and interior purposes is an age-old tradition as it has consistently helped in keeping the indoor air clean, providing thermal benefits and increasing energy efficiency. However, the health benefits were revealed recently, and health architects have left no stone unturned to use it to its maximum potential.
Canadian Wood, a sustainable alternative, promotes and encourages the inclusion of sustainable and environment-friendly products amongst the construction and interior industry. Sourced from legal, certified and sustainably managed forests, Canadian wood species are versatile, unique and they hold an unmatched character.
Presenting five Canadian wood species that are now an integral building material for sustainable structures:
1. Western Hemlock
Western hemlock features a good strength-to-weight ratio, excellent working properties and good machining qualities. The lumber of this wood species is seasoned, kiln-dried and naturally resistant to decay. Highly recommended for furniture, solid doors, finger joint, mouldings, interior woodwork, etc., this wood species is primarily known for its even grain, its ability to polish beautifully, and durability.
2. Douglas Fir
Douglas fir is valued globally for being one of the best-known timber producing species in the world. Due to its extraordinary strength-to-weight ratio and availability in large dimensions, it is abundantly used for building and construction purposes. Douglas fir is considered as a first-class wood for manufacturing sash, doors and windows and crafting posts, beams and solid windows and door frames.
3. Yellow Cedar
A fine-textured and straight-grained species, Yellow cedar is prized for applications such as joinery, panelling, and cabinet work. Due to its exceptional working properties, it can be easily finished and shaped, and hence, is commonly used for outdoor applications. As it is one of the world’s most durable woods with exceptional longevity, it is also a top choice for wood carvings, grand structures, etc.
4. Western Red Cedar
Western red cedar offers durability, dimensional stability, and an attractive character to the furniture. As it does not easily splinter, this wood species is primarily used for decking, outdoor furniture, exterior cladding, greenhouses, poles, exterior sliding, etc. Unlike other species, Western red cedar is sold unseasoned and can be conveniently personalised by the end user.
5. Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPF)
Spruce-pine-fir is readily available in all grades and sizes, making it a particular favourite amongst house builders. The pre-fabrication industry also uses SPF abundantly because of its excellent strength, dimensional stability, super gluing properties. As this wood species is light-weight, consists of good working properties and can be easily handled, it has also gained popularity in all kinds of framing applications.
Canadian wood species are not only high in quality, easy to use, sustainable, and seasoned, but also offer health benefits to the users. As the demand for resources continues to increase, it’s time to opt for more renewable resources and design green spaces. By just using sustainable wood products, you can fight climate change, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, reduce carbon footprint, and much more.
Choosing Canadian wood species proves to be an excellent choice for the present and the future, bearing in mind their stringent forest laws, third-party forest certifications and core values related to sustainability.
So if you have an upcoming green building project which requires high-quality wood, remember Canadian Wood is a natural choice.
FII India, funded by the government of British Columbia (B.C.), Canada represents Canadian wood in India for all its five species viz. Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir, Yellow Cedar, Western Red Cedar and Spruce-Pine-Fir(SPF). FII works closely with architects, manufacturers, importers and real estate developers to provide technical and procurement assistance for their requirements free of any cost.