Why Choose Wood?

Today's timber products combine the qualities of a natural, renewable resource with the high performance of a modern building material which is versatile, efficient and quick to use.

Wood delivers on innovative design, speed, cost and resource efficiency, health & wellbeing, and offers a low-carbon, environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional building materials.

Use the tiles below to discover the various different reasons why you should choose wood, these are a combination of informative videos and articles. 

Health and Wellbeing

Wood is good for our health and wellbeing. Its calming qualities make people feel better in the built environment as much as in the outdoors.

Hybrid Solutions

Hybrid structures combine the best properties of each material used in construction to achieve efficient solutions for complex designs.

Affordable and Social Housing

Offsite construction has proven performance and reduced costs, providing an advantageous construction method for affordable housing.

Sustainable Procurement

Sourcing wood from sustainably managed forests helps encourage biodiversity. It increases forestation and maximises CO2 absorption.

Custom Build Homes

Custom Build homes offer a greater choice for people to live in the home they want. Building with wood delivers well designed, sustainable homes at affordable cost.

Safety and Minimising Risk

As with any building material, safety is a priority. Read about how research and innovation is making timber a safer material and what the insurance sector needs to know about timber construction. 


A key factor in keeping buildings warm in winter and cool in summer is insulation.

The specific properties of wood fibre insulation can help make new and existing homes comfortable and healthier. It is also one of the most environmentally friendly insulation systems.

Low Carbon

Fact: Wood CO2ts less. Using more wood can actively contribute to reducing our CO2 emissions, in turn, helping to fight climate change.  

Sustainable Procurement

Sourcing wood from sustainably managed forests helps encourage biodiversity. It increases forestation and maximises CO2 absorption.

Carbon Storage

Trees absorb carbon. Building with timber means taking CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it in the built environment.

Versatile Application

Vertical structures are on the rise. Create 14+ storey-buildings using engineered and hybrid timber products.

Resource Efficiency

Efficiency is a prerogative. Create spectacular buildings that save energy, time and material, and deliver on low carbon targets.

Employment Opportunities

Support the local economy. The UK timber industry provides employment for almost 150,000 people, mostly in rural locations.

Fast Build

Time is money. Create environmentally sound buildings and speed up construction times by up to a third.

Innovative Design

Design is key. Create exciting and successful buildings by using a range of onsite and offsite construction methods.

Reports & Manifestos

Read our previous reports and manifestos on timber in design and construction and find out how the use of wood can contribute to a low carbon economy.

Videos & Animations

Find out how much carbon a tree captures during its lifetime, how much carbon can be stored in a 3-bed house and why a wooden building makes a lot of sense in the series of videos and animations below.

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