A major advantage of using recycled hardwood timbers is the positive environmental effects, including conservation of old growth forests, increased carbon storage and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
These recycled timber products can then be re-used to create unique effects in hardwood flooring, decking, beams, joists, trusses, posts, bollards, benchtops, furniture & cladding.
Numerous (Australian) Government reports have extolled the virtues of the use of timber over other building materials as a more environmentally friendly choice. Recycled timbers have the added advantage that when a timber is recycled (and thus does not get sent to land fill or naturally decay) the timber continues to be a vital store of carbon (40-50% of timber’s gross weight is carbon) as its useful life is extended beyond the purpose for which it was originally intended. We specialise in recycling timbers that may have been sawn up to 100 years ago which represent a recycled product that may be in excess of 400 years old.
Old growth forests, particularly in Asia, are shrinking at an alarming rate, and thus good quality timbers sourced from old trees are becoming more and more scarce. There is the scourge of palm oil
plantations and the destruction of natural rainforests across much of Asia. Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and even Indonesia are now more aware of `Green’ building codes and using environmentally sustainable building products in new commercial and residential developments and are implementing policies and codes to react to this. Using recycled hardwood timbers in new, large scale developments can greatly assist a building or project’s green rating and (by implication) the likelihood of the project being approved by the applicable government authorities.
Using recycled timbers is also far more energy efficient as there is no requirement to extract, transport, dry the timber and in some cases the timber need not be re-milled. At Ironwood, we endeavour to minimise wastage and recycle in excess of 80% (by volume) of the recycled timber that we source. Natural by products such as mulch and sawdust are then created and on-sold to the public, ensuring complete re-use of all recycled timbers.