Meeting Nature halfway: A sustainable future built with timber

[Cape Town, 10 August 2017]: Buildings, be they domestic, commercial or industrial, are major consumers of energy the world over and this applies to much more than just their day-to-day running. From basic components, transport, construction, operation and final decomposition after its useful life, a building has significant potential for a gentler environmental footprint. Werner…

The Benefits of Building with Timber

With the solid backing of centuries of use, timber, as a building material, has stood the test of time. This reliability underpins its natural design flexibility, potential carbon neutrality, and gentle ecological footprint for a truly modern, forward-thinking construction material that is poised to serve an ever-growing market of environmentally conscious and responsible individuals. See…

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Energy Efficiency of Timber Homes

It is a well-known fact that in America on average 95% of all new houses are built in Timber Frame. In Australia an average of 85% of all new homes are Timber Frame and in New Zealand 87% of all new homes are Timber Frame. Why are we not specifying and building more timber homes…

A devastating legacy

PRESS RELEASE Governments’ Working on Fire (WoF) programme have fought and contained over 270 wild fires in the Western Cape since the start of December this year. The number of fires peaked in January with February, the hottest and windiest month, being quieter than expected so far despite lower than average rainfall. Graham Barlow, General…

Rustic Eco Cabin

Rustic Homes, based in the heart of the Western Cape timber-land, is an ethical company that now offers a simple solution to compact luxury housing through modular design and prefabricated components with their new prototype: the Rustic Eco Cabin. Available on order in the Western Cape from November and nationally next year the small cabin…

The Better Living Challenge

The Better Living Challenge  called on designers, architects, residents, inventors and students to submit new or exiting products, services and systems that can be used for low-income home improvement. One of our supporters and great ambassador for forestry in South Africa, Vernon Collis, entered three proposals through his company Collis & Associates and their California…