Timber and Embodied Carbon
All materials have an embodied carbon value, which reflects the emissions from all stages of production, use and end of life. It is often called the carbon footprint. Timber is a low embodied carbon construction material. But as trees grow, they sequester atmospheric carbon, with the resulting stored biogenic carbon known to make up 50% of timber’s dry weight.
Utilising sustainably sourced timber can help to reduce the embodied carbon emissions in buildings while also storing CO2e out of the atmosphere.