13 examples of sustainable wood facades

In recent surveys of architects and builders, construction industry influencers were asked what they thought the most popular trends would be in 2017. Overwhelmingly, most people surveyed felt that green building design and sustainable features were going to be amongst those options that homeowners would most like to see in new homes and properties.

Green building designs can include several different facets, from energy efficiency to the use of sustainable materials. For the exterior of the home, however, most builders surveyed felt that homeowners want to see contemporary styles in addition to sustainability, creating a façade that will look as well as it performs. These 13 examples of sustainable wood facades meet the criteria for green design, while at the same time, offering the style and appearances that the market wants most to see.

1.  Focus on Natural Light

The stunning oversized windows in this ocean retreat not only look great, but also provide the home with natural light and warmth, ultimately lowering overall energy consumption. The natural wood cladding frames out the multi-pane windows, allowing the two materials to work together harmoniously both in appearance and in an environmentally friendly initiative. The silver patina that the wood naturally develops over time helps the building fit in well with the home’s environment.

2. Environmentally Sound School

Architect: Børve & Borchsenius

This school building is clad in both sustainable wood and stained glass for a dynamic appearance that’s incredibly low maintenance. The focus on the building was to be environmentally sustainable, while at the same time reducing the amount of care that would need to go into maintaining it over the years. The rich color of the wood cladding plays beautifully off the stained glass to create a façade that is as dynamic as it is eco-friendly.

3. Flowing Vertical Lines

Architect: TYIN Tegnestue Photo by: Pasi Aalto

This boathouse is located in an area with extreme climates and therefore needed a façade that would stand up well to harsh winter weather. The sustainable, modified wood cladding is able to withstand virtually anything that the elements can throw at it, while maintaining its natural aesthetic beauty. The non-toxic modification process of the wood ensures that the building won’t harm the environment, while also enabling it to protect both the roof and the walls that are clad with it.

4. Dimension in Design

Architect: Bliss

This residential building was created to produce a home filled with character and soul. Clad in sustainable wood, it’s able to achieve these goals through the use of open spaces in the façade. Wood cladding can be used in so many different ways to bring dimension and personality to a design, while the sustainable and low-maintenance façade ensures that it will remain this way for years to come.

5. Long Lasting Green Design

Architect: Sprunt

When this school was created, its design pursuits were aimed at being environmentally conscious, but also durable and capable of lasting a lifetime. Modified wood was decided to be the perfect solution and was installed in a two-layer application with both shiplap and battens to create a unique appearance that will meet all the school’s green-friendly goals in a long-lasting capacity.

6. Mixed Material Façade

Architect & Photo by: Bliss

This building was designed with performance and efficiency being given careful consideration both inside and out. A sustainable wood cladding in a shiplap installation was selected for sections of the exterior, paired with rocks and tiles for a low-maintenance and long-lasting façade that enhances the appearance of the building.

7. Hiding in Plain Sight

Architect: Lincoln Miles Photo by: Julian Winslow

The idea behind this building was to camouflage it right into its environment. Sustainable wood cladding and lots of plate glass helps to do just that. The shiplap installation of the cladding helps give the building a sleek and uncluttered design, that helps it blend well with the natural landscape. The same material extends outward onto the back deck and terrace to further enhance its style.

8. An Organic Finish and Appeal

Architect: Kontur arkitektur + konstruksjon Photo by: Kontur, Lasse Haldrup Juul

When this passive house was ready for its exterior, only a sustainable and organic material would do. The modified wood cladding helps ensure that the wood won’t degrade before its time, allowing the home to be as environmentally conscious as it is beautiful. The wood cladding helps to define the façade, emphasizing its lines, while a second-story terrace, partially screened by the same wood, offers privacy and space efficiency.

9. Sustainable and Surrounding

Architect: LINK Arkitektur Photo by: Hundven-Clements Photography

When this farmhouse was being remodeled, it was given a sleek and innovative new look. To help achieve this, the same cladding is used on not only on the walls of the façade, but also the roof. The long, clean lines this generates helps transform the old farmhouse into a contemporary new structure. And the sustainable wood cladding will help ensure that the exterior retains its good looks with minimal maintenance resulting in low lifecycle costs.

10. Passive House in the Round

Architect: Simone Kreutzer, Tommy Wesslund Photo by: Anders Bergön

Passive houses are well known for their sustainability and energy efficiency, and this one in particular is also revered for its style. Built in the round, it uses sustainable wood cladding installed in a vertical shiplap to achieve its shape, while at the same time remaining environmentally sound inside and out. While many passive house designs need to make use of a square or rectangular design for the purposes of cladding, thanks to modified wood, this house is able to excel in both energy and ventilation.

11. Open Space Design

Architect: HRI architects Photo by: Markus Photography

One of the benefits of using a wood façade is the ability to add so much dimension and space to the design through different installation techniques. This home makes good use of the wood by installing it in an open pattern method, giving the exterior character and interest, while at the same time providing an environmentally friendly and low maintenance cladding.

12. Artistic Design

Architect: TYIN Tegnestue & Rintala Eggertsson Architects Photo by: Andrew Devine

This artist’s retreat needed a natural façade that would complement the landscape, hold up to the varying climate, and also be versatile enough to allow creativity in the design. The sustainable wood façade is created out of pieces of cladding cut into a unique shape that further emphasizes the use and character of the building.

13. Powerful Design

Architect: Stein Hamre Arkitekter Photo by: Bjørn Leirvik

What do you use to clad a powerplant that uses sustainable hydropower to create electricity? Sustainable wood cladding of course. The sustainable wood cladding is laid at distinctive angles with space between the sections for massive, ground to roof windows that allow natural light to shine in.  The result is a building with a style as unique and powerful as the electricity it generates.

Create a Sustainable Design

There are more elements to green building than simply creating an efficient design. All the materials that go into the construction should have the same sustainability, including the cladding used on the façade. These 13 examples of sustainable wood facades are just the beginning of what’s possible using materials like Kebony’s modified wood. Whether you’re building a home, a school or a commercial property, it’s possible to get the type of style, design and low maintenance exterior you want, while maintaining environmental integrity. Consider a sustainable wood façade for your next home or building to get the best there is to offer for today and for the future.

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