Wood is good… for your health

Wood is good… for your health

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The benefits of building with timber are many - but did you know that it can even be good for your health?

That’s right - building with timber isn’t only good for the planet, it’s good for you, too: on the inside and out. For instance...

Timber excels in terms of air quality.

Living and working in hygroscopic timber buildings has been shown to improve indoor air quality by moderating humidity. This creates an atmosphere that’s fresh, clean, and great for your lungs - a particularly useful perk, if it’s a building that will be housing the elderly or children.

Whatever climate you’re in, timber can adjust.

Timber has a low thermal heat transfer, so it’s cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Wood, when heated (though obviously not to fire-inducing extremes!), dries and becomes even harder, meaning it traps more heat and thus saves you from extortionate heating bills.

It’s the construction king of emotional healing.

Being in a wooden room, or surrounded by wooden furniture, has been proven to elicit similar responses in people as to when they’re out and about in nature - which we all know can only be a good thing.

An in-depth report by environmental company Planet Ark expands on this in one of the studies referenced, Appearance of Wood Products and Psychological Well-Being, which demonstrates that the colours and texture of wood can elicit feelings of warmth and comfort - which in turn reduces stress, anxiety, and even recovery times in hospital! It also argues in a more general sense that wood makes you happier (due to its subconscious affiliation to nature itself) and by proxy increases your confidence - all strong arguments that point to the use of timber in the household or workplace as wonderfully restorative.

It takes care of your heart.

A wooden surround can be so effective it can decrease your blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels, to boot. This has been evidenced by much research - notably, a fascinating Japanese study in which the initial physiological responses of 14 test subjects, sitting in wooden or steel rooms, were tested by measuring their pulse and heart rate every second (for 20 seconds). It was discovered that the test subjects in the wooden room experienced significantly decreased blood pressure levels, and those in the steel room the opposite. 

Good for the heart, head and body - contact us today to talk about your timber aspirations.

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