By Mitchell Young Student Number: 212200874 SRT153 Building Materials Science Unit Chair: Dr Priya Rajagopalan May 26th 2013 Word Count: 998
SRT153 – Building Materials Science
Timber has been extensively used over the past century for many residential constructions, furnishings, frames, floorings and facades. It’s been a strong component in architectural developments and with such use, it’s recognized in the availability, renewability, environmental friendly, strength, weight, price, and durability.1 Within Australia, 90 percent of their housing frames are made from timber due to its sustainability and energy required to produce it. Environment Impact and Management Timber is incredible for little impact on our environment as it’s got a low embodied energy and disposable carbon absorber. It’s also a renewable resource that results in well maintained forest productions, with little effects on the soil and water figures. Logging in forests has a huge impact as the harsh management of the ecosystem, such as overharvesting, animal life, and habitats which are affected. The trees that are cut are needed in order to filter our air to get rid of carbon dioxide, create habitats, create jobs and also provide some of the best building material. To manage the logging forests, these factors must be taken into account and result in a well maintain forest and environment. This makes for sustained development, gentle on the environment, and balances that consequently keep for future needs. 2 Having a sustainable forest means that today’s timber production needs don’t interfere the future needs. It involves harvesting, selecting, thinning the tree development rather than the whole area of trees. This means the trees can maintain consistent development and biodiversity in its natural environment. Many companies take this approach no ...