Wood stores carbon

In order to produce 1kg of timber, a tree consumes 1.47kg of CO2 and returns just over a kilo of oxygen into the atmosphere. When trees are harvested and used to make wood products, the carbon remains stored in the wood for the life of the product. About 50 per cent of the dry weight of wood is carbon.

It is far more preferable to have the carbon stored in trees and in wood products on the surface of the Earth than in the atmosphere, where it contributes to climate change. Using wood to build long-lasting, efficient and durable homes and other buildings will help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Wood has been one of the main building materials throughout human history.

Westminster Hall in London has been storing carbon since the time that Henry VIII was on the throne over 700 years ago. Similarly, Greenstead Church in southern England has locked up carbon for over 1000 years. On a smaller scale Egyptian wood chairs sequestered carbon 4000 years ago!

'A lot of people somehow imagine trees grow from the ground. They don't, they grow from the air. They are congealed carbon dioxide and all of that carbon is stored in them'

Professor Tim Flannery - 22 September 2008, Australian of the Year, Chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council, Commissioner of the Climate Commission

Wood. Naturally Better.

Architect and Grand Designs presenter Peter Maddison explains why Wood is naturally better.

Bushfire Recovery Workshops

Make It Wood joined Forest and Wood Products Australia for a series of half-day workshops called 'Resilience, Recovery and Rebuilding' in bushfire-affected locations Bairnsdale, Tumbarumba and Bega. The workshops included presentations by the RFS and CFA on preparing for and handling fire situations, and a psychologist who highlighted the best ways to manage mental health following a bushfire event.

Architect Nigel Bell from EcoDesign discussed the opportunities of building with timber on Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rated sites, and David Rowlinson from Planet Ark's Make It Wood campaign highlighted the environmental and biophilic benefits of using sustainably sourced wood.

The workshops were hosted by TV personality, author, cook and craftsperson Tonia Todman, who recently lost her Kyneton home and home-based business to fire. Tonia also shared her experience and discussed what she has learned as a result.