At Fremantle Door & Window, we design and create custom built doors and windows for homeowners in the Perth area. Besides the fixtures, we use two materials: ethically sourced timber and locally made glass.
We are proud to use timber that has been harvested responsibly and in accordance with the Malaysian Timber Certification Council. We are often asked why we are so committed to sustainable timber and why it matters. We would like to tell you why.
Your Carbon Footprint
The carbon footprint is the accepted measurement of how much any process has on the environment. It estimates how much CO2 is released into the environment as the result of any process. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.
When aluminium is manufactured, the chemical reactions release carbon into the environment. So does the transportation of the materials necessary to make it. So do the machines that help create aluminium. So do the furnaces which generate enough heat to produce aluminium.
That is a lot of carbon.
It works that way with all synthetic materials, too. Some create a smaller carbon footprint than plastic; some materials create a larger carbon footprint than plastic. All synthetic materials release a lot of carbon into our environment, contributing to even more global warming.
In Australia, we have already seen a lot of climate change in the last thirty years. Remember that 83% of our people live within 50 km of the shoreline. If the polar icecaps melt too fast, it could cause a lot of trouble on our coasts.
We don’t know how much good it will do, but we are going to do our part to try and stop trashing our planet. And the best way to do that is to keep our carbon footprint down.
Timber and Carbon Footprint
Trees have a negative carbon footprint because they turn atmospheric carbon into timber. When trees “breathe,” they absorb CO2, release the oxygen into the environment and use the carbon to grow. In other words, trees “store” carbon in the form of timber. When trees become mature, their rate of growth and carbon storage slow down.
Responsible harvesting and forestry consist of harvesting trees during their maturity and replanting new trees so they can begin storing more carbon. In an ideal world, every logging operation would harvest mature trees and replant them as they tear them down. However, this is not always the case.
That is why our timber always comes from plantations that follow the rules. We only use timber that has been certified by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC). The MTCC operates under what is known as the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MCTS). The MCTS was the first Asia Pacific certification scheme to be endorsed by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). PEFC is the largest forest certification program in the world, covering more than 200 million ha of forestland across the globe.
The Added Bonus
We have found that loggers and suppliers who comply with all MTCC regulations are more professional. Their timber tends to be of a consistently higher quality because their commitment to quality, like ours, is spread throughout their entire process.
Timber: a Natural Insulator
We use solid, exterior grade timber for all of our custom built doors and windows. We feel the highest quality is needed in the Perth market because of the occasionally harsh climate. Whether you need solid timber doors or timber framing on bifold doors, sliding doors, french doors and other designs, every bit of extra insulation counts.
Timber also helps insulate because we make sure that your doors and windows always fit flush into the frames. That means there are no cracks for air to go through.
Our custom built timber doors often outlast the construction of the homes we put them in. MTCC approved, external grade timber is the finest material you can use for custom built doors and windows.
Custom Built Doors and Windows in Perth
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