Timber cassette floors: the ecological choice
As part of a continuing commitment to the environment and sustainability, Saxonby has pledged to use timber cassette floors as opposed to concrete beam-and-block floors in its future developments, says James Wood, operations director.
“As part of our continuous improvement process we have identified timber cassette floors to be a viable option for our developments. The timber sourced from sustainable forests replaces a product that is heavily reliant upon cement, which has a considerable environmental impact at all stages in its manufacture. These include emissions of airborne pollution as dust, gases, noise and vibration when operating machinery and during blasting in quarries, as well as damage to countryside from quarrying.
“Cement manufacturing releases CO2 in the atmosphere and is responsible for approximately 5% of global man-made CO2 emissions. Shockingly the amount of CO2 emitted by the cement industry is nearly 900 kg of CO2 for every 1000 kg of cement produced.
“Although cement based products are synonymous with the construction industry, we feel it critical to minimise the use of these and to ensure that our supply chain and purchasing department work closely to avoid any waste material.
“Timber is Britain’s oldest building material and is re-emerging as the truly modern answer to today’s building design challenges. The use in floor cassettes further demonstrates its versatility and strength. It is often forgotten that the first dwellings our ancestors built were of a timber frame construction. All new buildings should be designed, built and maintained with this in mind and most importantly without damaging the environment for future generations.”
As with all timber products the installation process is critical to ensure longevity as any water ingress could affect the long term performance, he continues. “Our technical team have designed a floor make up that includes damp-proof membranes and drainage channels to guarantee this can never happen, a process that fully satisfies building control and all warranty providers. We are passionate about our environmental responsibilities and will always strive to source new products and materials that reduce our impact upon the local and global environment.”