Posted 28.05.2018

Is the use of wood sustainable?

The use of wood as a building material dates back thousands of years – by now, it’s a foregone conclusion that wood is good. But is this extensive use sustainable?

Environmental benefits

A few simple factors make wood the most environmentally beneficial building material. Wood is fully biodegradable, an effective insulator, and completely renewable. However, sustainability is only ensured when wood is sourced from forests which have been certified as sustainable by the relevant organisations, such as the internationally recognised FSC. As established members of the British Woodworking Federation, we can guarantee that the wood we use is sourced from certified forests.


Being a fully natural, biodegradable material means that any wood used in building can eventually one day decompose back into the environment rather than polluting it. Other popular building materials, such as steel and concrete, don’t have this advantage, making wood the preferable choice over these in terms of sustainability.


Wood is extremely versatile, so any spare left after projects are finished can be reused and recycled for another purpose. There are also extensive reforestation projects underway, not just in the UK, but throughout the world, ensuring that new trees are planted to replace the ones cut down for timber.

Insulating and humidifying properties

Wood’s insulating and humidity regulating properties allows you to refrain using extra insulation methods which use unsustainable materials. The natural material retains moisture in damp conditions and releases it in dry conditions, providing a comfortable environment naturally.

Church & Gooderham

When you work with us, you can rest assured that all the wood used for you joinery project will be sustainable and sourced from certified forests, with your personal requirements the centre of every project. For quality, bespoke, and sustainable joinery projects, get in touch with Church & Gooderham today.