For decades, tropical timber has been a special, natural construction material thanks to its great quality features, resilience and durability. And not without reason: No matter whether ayous, ipé or cumaru – tropical timber is unique when it comes to resistance against harsh weather, pests and chemicals. The exotic precious timber is characterised by its aesthetic colours and fine grains. It comes from the tropical rainforests of Asia, Africa and Central and South America, and is very different from regional timber types.
Tropical timber is suitable for a wide range of technical solutions, including and especially for demanding tasks and architectural challenges. The focus: Building planners, architects and decision-makers planning their projects with this high-quality raw material, which is often the best solution thanks to its special properties. A positive side effect: The use of timber in construction offers considerable potential for saving CO2 and, at the same time, offers added value in the countries where it is produced. Thanks to its properties, tropical timber can be used to replace other, environmentally damaging, construction materials such as concrete, ceramic, plastic and steel.
Of course, harvesting tropical timber requires fixed rules. Tropical forests have to be cultivated sustainably for species to be preserved, for people to have employment and an income, and for creating a real alternative to turning land into grazing pastures or plantations. Only certified timber can become an environmentally-friendly construction material which can be used with confidence.