Darren Hook, managing director of English Heritage Buildings, discusses Green Oak as the superior building material and why it is good for the environment.
There is a growing trend amongst those choosing to build eco-friendly structures without having to compromise on a creative and bespoke design. Green Oak offers the opportunity to realise a luxury home whilst also meeting environmental credentials – adding both ecological and investment value to a project and challenging home constructors’ conceptions of the traditional eco-home.
Contemporary constructors have a lot to gain from an oak frame extension. Properties constructed with Green Oak are beneficial for what modern homeowners want for a number of reasons. Not only does it harden with age, offering a unique strengthening component, it also has insulation properties. As an alternative to glass, metal and brick structures, oak has the ability to maintain a constant and comfortable temperature. This reduces the need for heating or ventilation, which in turn reduces emissions.
Hook believes that using this traditional material offers an alternative for those looking to build creatively, yet ecologically.
“There are many reasons you might want to incorporate Green Oak within a project, whether that be to add a charming new room or simply to modify a garden to one that can be enjoyed all year round," says Hook.
"Constructors look to utilise the most practical and quality-assured materials to offer both longevity and aesthetics to their customers. Often, it’s too easy to temporarily disguise poor materials that are neither particularly sustainable nor durable.
“Many homeowners are now choosing to improve rather than move, and look to adding home extensions such as; granny annexes, porches and garden buildings with the aim to increase liveability and the value of the property. This is where Green Oak stands out against other man-made materials as it has an added elegance and durability to an oak frame extension and outdoor buildings. Especially when constructed using ancient building techniques, which have been tried and tested for centuries.
"And yet, they aren’t always clued-up to the eco benefits, or that timber is the only truly renewable building resource available. At English Heritage Buildings, we ensure this remains the case; both via the material itself and with our sustainable construction process. We select trees from managed forests, where three new oaks are planted for every one that is felled. We also ensure that our timber is treated in an eco-friendly manner, without the use of harmful chemicals.”
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