Ijsselstein Tram Station, Ijsselstein, Utrecht, Netherlands. Suspended canopies are made from western red cedar boards from B.C. Architect: Kraaijvanger • Urbis. Photo: Jan Derwig

Ijsselstein Tram Station, Ijsselstein, Utrecht, Netherlands

Wood can be insect-resistant

Termite resistance doesn’t have to mean inorganic materials: several British Columbia wood species are naturally termite-resistant, including western red cedar, yellow-cedar, and a number of hardwoods. Douglas-fir is moderately resistant. For other species, termite resistance is a simple matter of applying a topical treatment such as borate.  

Wood handles humidity naturally

Wood is naturally capable of absorbing and releasing moisture, and handles high humidity without compromising its structural integrity. It delivers excellent performance in the wettest climates, from Asia to the southern US, and the highest-humidity applications, such as aquatic centres. Plus, wood is a natural humidity regulator: its moisture content always matches the ambient air, providing natural humidity stabilization and regulation.  

Did you know?
Wood construction moderates indoor humidity, reducing air conditioning and heating costs.

Wood is easy to work with

Wood is equally adapted for interior and exterior use, not only as a finish material, bringing warmth and natural beauty to interior and exterior applications, but for structural use. Engineered wood products allow the taller structures and longer spans that are often required for commercial, institutional and industrial construction. 

Unlike some building materials, wood construction can proceed in any season and almost any climate. Workers of varying skill levels can quickly learn wood-construction techniques. Wood can be cut and sized on-site, providing a level of flexibility that few materials can match.

When it’s time to renovate, it’s hard to beat wood: whether you want to move a wall or extend a room, it’s easier with wood.

Did you know?
Wood can often be reused for its original purpose with little or no loss of value. As a result, reclaimed, recycled or salvaged wood is growing in popularity.