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Timber combines knockout looks with ethical kudos

In the weekend Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum there was an interesting article about the ethics and aesthetics of wood that we thought was particularly relevant given all the recent debate about carbon pricing.

"Timber combines knockout looks with ethical kudos, writes HELEN GREENWOOD.

Trees are nature's carbon storage. So says Peter Maddison, the architect and host of LifeStyle Channel's Grand Designs Australia, in a recent television ad. By using wooden products made of sustainable timber, we help tackle climate change.

The logic goes like this: growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, emit oxygen and store carbon. The carbon remains locked in the wood for the life of the piece of timber until it rots, decays or is burnt. By planting trees and using wood rather than other materials, we invest in a long-term way to sink and store carbon for Australia.

Maddison agreed to do the advertising campaign because of its sustainability message. ''Man-made materials such as bricks, mortar, concrete, glass, steel, plastics, take a lot of energy to make. Timber takes less,'' he says.

Then there's the sheer beauty of the material..."

Read the entire article:Wooden Heart

Monday 11 July 2011