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How do you like wood?

By johnboy 19 February 2013 28

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Planet Ark are launching a campaign to get people to use more wood in their homes.

But they’re mashing up our own Parliament House to do so, hence the local interest.

It’s Parliament House as you’ve never seen it. In a striking digital makeover, the external concrete masonry has been replaced by more environmentally-friendly wood panelling.

The creative transformation is part of an awareness campaign by Planet Ark to encourage Australians to live in more sustainable homes by building with responsibly sourced wood.

According to recent research, an overwhelming 89% of people love the look of wood in their homes, buildings, furniture and flooring, but many are still unaware of the environmental benefits of using responsibly sourced wood.

There is a popular perception that cutting trees down is bad for the environment and this is true for high conservation value forests – those harbouring rare and endangered plants and animals, which need to be preserved and protected. However, recycled timber and wood sourced from responsibly managed plantations and forests act as carbon stores. As the trees grow, they take carbon out of the atmosphere, which then remains trapped in the wood after harvesting.

Approximately 50% of the dry weight of wood is stored carbon, so if Parliament House had been built from wood, the carbon would have been stored since its construction in 1988.


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Bluenomi 3:23 pm 20 Feb 13

Don’t the the desgin integrity guys at APH see that, they will freak, it’s not part of the original vision for the building!

Solidarity 3:19 pm 20 Feb 13

poetix said :

Solidarity said :

Looks like a boarded up shop front but with the grain of the timber totally wrong.

There is a difference between being able to use photoshop, and being able to use photoshop well.

I appreciate the slightly Edwardian syntax being applied to this awfully post-modern post.

You look too closely into the things you read.

ToastFliesRED 2:27 pm 20 Feb 13

How do I like wood? Well done under a prefectly rare steak

poetix 1:53 pm 20 Feb 13

Solidarity said :

Looks like a boarded up shop front but with the grain of the timber totally wrong.

There is a difference between being able to use photoshop, and being able to use photoshop well.

I appreciate the slightly Edwardian syntax being applied to this awfully post-modern post.

LSWCHP 1:25 pm 20 Feb 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Man got excited and though johnboy was finally gonna post the pic of my erect donger I sent him the first time he moderated me…alas it was just a silly advertisement

Thank God for censorship. 🙂

And yes, that is one of the crappest pieces of digital photo manipulation I’ve ever seen.

arescarti42 10:56 am 20 Feb 13

Grail said :

cross said :

So let me get this straight it’s good for the environment to use “dead trees ” as long as don’t print on it,like say a newspaper or God forbid ,advertising.

It’s fine to use dead trees as long as those trees were plantation grown for the purpose, as opposed to being the result of chopping down forests and jungles which are part of established ecosystems.

The catch is that most people don’t want to wait 25 years for a decent hardwood plantation to mature, and they don’t want to use pine for everything.

The other key difference is that if you turn a tree in to a newspaper, it ends up in a landfill a week later rotting and releasing carbon back in to the atmosphere (admittedly somewhat longer than a week if you recycle it a few times).

If you turn that tree in to a house, then potentially it’s storing carbon out of the atmosphere for maybe 50 years, longer if you don’t knock it down after 50 years or you recycle the materials in it when you do.

Solidarity 10:54 am 20 Feb 13

Looks like a boarded up shop front but with the grain of the timber totally wrong.

There is a difference between being able to use photoshop, and being able to use photoshop well.

Grail 10:47 am 20 Feb 13

cross said :

So let me get this straight it’s good for the environment to use “dead trees ” as long as don’t print on it,like say a newspaper or God forbid ,advertising.

It’s fine to use dead trees as long as those trees were plantation grown for the purpose, as opposed to being the result of chopping down forests and jungles which are part of established ecosystems.

The catch is that most people don’t want to wait 25 years for a decent hardwood plantation to mature, and they don’t want to use pine for everything.

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