Building is on the rise and with Western Australians increasingly conscious of the quality and origins of their purchases, there’s never been a better time for homebuilders to drive the material selection decision-making process.
Choosing the best structural material option is a major decision. The right call has the potential to benefit not only the homebuilder directly, but also their local community and even the economy.
Building with a locally sourced product has significant flow-on benefits at a time when it is particularly important, according to Wespine Managing Director Patrick Warrand.
“The current pandemic has forced the closure of state borders and reduced trade options, therefore turning a spotlight on WA’s ability to be as productive and independent as possible, particularly in the primary industry sector,” he said.
“Western Australians have a great deal of pride in the state, and supporting local industry matters to us. It just so happens to be a great investment in WA too.”
Wespine is a timber processor which produces premium-quality pine timber from WA-grown forests. Its product is protected by treatment and is durable, offering extended warranties for 25 years.
The company prides itself on no wastage, with 100 per cent of every tree used for a variety of applications and industries, including building, landscaping, gardening and packaging across the country.
“Choosing to build with Wespine timber positively impacts our local economy,” Mr Warrand said.
“WA’s softwood timber industry is a key driver of economic activity, directly contributing $617 million annually to the state’s economy and providing around 900 direct jobs and 2500 indirect jobs.
“This is particularly beneficial to regional WA.”
The benefits of building with timber are broader than just economic. The material, used in construction for centuries, is affordable, renewable and presents a host of environmental benefits too.
A study out of the US, which was published in the Journal of Sustainable Forestry in 2014, found using wood as a building material substitute for steel and concrete had the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 31 per cent.
“Timber is a natural insulator, thereby reducing heating and cooling costs,” Mr Warrand said.
“While steel costs a huge amount to produce and increases global warming, timber stores carbon, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and growing trees increases oxygen levels.”
Mr Warrand said building with timber also offered benefits in terms of mental health and wellbeing.
“There are even proven benefits to personal wellbeing when timber is visible in construction, including improved air quality from moderated humidity and the reconnection with nature bringing an improvement to our emotional state and a reduction in stress levels,” he said.
“Building with local timber clearly is a win-win proposition.
“When you are deciding whether WA pine is the best option for you, take a moment to think of the job opportunities you are supporting, the positive effect on the environment you are having and the money you will be saving.
“Choosing timber as your preferred construction material positively impacts at a personal, community and global level.”
CONTACT Wespine, 1800 018 888, www.wespine.com.au