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Sustainable Building Solutions: Embracing Timber Over Bricks for Eco-Friendly Construction

 In the evolving world of construction, the age-old debate of using timber versus brick takes on new significance in the context of sustainability. As we delve deeper into environmental consciousness, it's crucial to reassess our material choices. ITI Timspec, a New Zealand supplier of specialty timbers, stands at the forefront of this green revolution, offering an extensive range of eco-friendly timber species.

A recent study by Thomas D. and Ding G. (2018) from the University of Technology Sydney sheds light on this matter. Their research compares the performance of timber and brick in residential buildings, focusing on life cycle energy, construction time, and cost. The findings reveal that timber, particularly from sustainably managed forests, offers significant environmental advantages over traditional heavy materials like brick and concrete.


ITI Timspec’s commitment to sustainability is evident in their diverse timber selection. They offer species like Western Red Cedar, Radiata Pine, American Oak, and Ash, sourced from various regions including Canada, North America, South East Asia, Australia, and Europe. These timbers are not only sourced responsibly but also contribute to eco-friendly construction practices.

The versatility of ITI Timspec’s timber is remarkable. Whether it’s for joinery, furniture manufacturing, or building construction, their range of timbers like Cedar, Hemlock, Kwila, and Rosewood cater to diverse needs. This versatility, coupled with the sustainability factor, makes timber an ideal choice for environmentally conscious builders and architects.

Moreover, the reduced life cycle energy and construction time associated with timber, as highlighted in the research, align perfectly with ITI Timspec’s ethos. Their timber products, including plywood, hardwood T&G flooring, cladding, and decking, not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of buildings but also contribute to reducing the carbon footprint.

The comparison between timber and bricks in terms of carbon footprint reveals distinct differences. Timber has a positive impact on carbon sequestration, absorbing CO2 during its growth. Additionally, its manufacturing emissions are lower, and transport impact varies based on distance. In contrast, bricks do not contribute to carbon sequestration, have high manufacturing emissions, and due to their weight, also have a high transport impact. This analysis indicates that timber is generally a more environmentally friendly option compared to bricks, especially in the context of sustainable construction.(Chukka et al.)

In conclusion, as we navigate the challenges of sustainable construction, the choice of materials becomes pivotal. ITI Timspec, through its range of sustainable timber species, offers a solution that aligns with the environmental benefits outlined in the study by Thomas D. and Ding G. Opting for timber over bricks is not just a choice for today; it's an investment in a greener, more sustainable future.



  • Chukka, Naga Dheeraj Kumar Reddy, et al. “Environmental Impact and Carbon Footprint Assessment of Sustainable Buildings: An Experimental Investigation.” Adsorption Science & Technology, vol. 2022, 31 Mar. 2022, pp. 1–8, https://doi.org/10.1155/2022/8130180.
  • Thomas, D., & Ding, G. (2018). Comparing the performance of brick and timber in residential buildings – The case of Australia. University of Technology Sydney.