June 8, 2020

The Benefits of Building With Wood

view of a wooden house form inside

At Knotty Pine Cabins we know that the benefits of building with wood extend far past the cozy cabin feel it provides. Read on to find out more about some of the key benefits of using wood in home and cabin construction.

Wood Increases the Efficiency of the Home

Wood is a cellular structure that contains microscopic air pockets. These air pockets reduce its thermal conductivity, making it a great natural thermal insulator. Using wood throughout the home improves the thermal resistance of the home and thereby reduces overall energy consumption. Synthetic and man-made building materials do not have these characteristics. As such, homes built with said materials require more insulation than wood homes do.

Wood Is the Only Major Building Material That Is Both Renewable & Sustainable

Wood is a natural product that can be grown and regrown through natural processes. At Knotty Pine Cabins, our wood is all responsibly sourced – our suppliers are certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Through guidelines such as selective harvesting, the program aims to ensure that the values present in the forest today are there for generations to come. Read more about responsible sourcing from our friends at West Fraser.

Wood Has a Low Carbon Footprint

It’s no secret that society has become more conscious of “green” practices in recent years. The low environmental impact of wood is impressive. The production of man-made materials requires massive amounts of energy, thereby producing large quantities of greenhouse gases and air & water pollutants. The processing of wood uses far less energy, meaning that it has a lower environmental impact. Trees also absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, making wood an important tool in combating climate change.

Building With Wood Benefits Health & Wellbeing

Wood is known to have measurable physiological and psychological benefits. The physiological benefits include lowering blood pressure, reduced heart rate, and reduced stress response, while the psychological benefits include improved mood and increased social interactions.

Wood Improves Indoor Air Quality

It goes without saying that we spend a lot of our time indoors, making our indoor air quality of great importance. Wood has been proven to improve indoor air quality by moderating humidity – it absorbs moisture from the air in humid conditions and releases it in dry conditions.

Overall, wood has many natural properties that make it a great choice in the construction of your home or cabin. If you’re looking for green building options, improved energy efficiency, a healthy indoor environment, or simply the cozy cabin feel, wood finishes are the perfect option for you. Give us a call to find out more about our responsibly sourced wood cabin and home packages – 1-877-854-2224.