In general terms North Woods attempts to use the more “natural”
products with the least toxins and those most readily recyclable or with
significant recycled content themselves. Plain galvanized steel and
aluminium, although with relatively high embodied energies, fulfill this
latter requirement for instance. We minimize use of PVC wherever
possible due to its polluting nature both in manufacture and disposal.
We also try to make our structures easily maintainable with separation
of components and high quality fixings.
We use untreated timber wherever possible and favour stains and
paints for external cladding to increase durability. Internally we use
mostly Osmo polyx oil, a natural plant based oil on all timber surfaces.
For internal decoration we sometimes use Keim silicate paint or Natural
Building Technology emulsion.