"The evolution from Homo Sapiens to Homo Architectus was possible thanks to trees, because it was thanks to wood-based technologies that architecture was born. Now, in the challange against climate change, we need to bring architecture back to the origin, back to woods, back to trees. Homo Architectus now must become Homo Arboreus."
Homo Arboreus back to Wooden Arkitecture
Whether Global Warming is due to a natural phenomenon or human pollution, we need to change the concept of "sustainable development" to "tree-centric development". If we want to reduce energy consumption and the consequent greenhouse effect due to carbon emissions, we need to plant as many trees as possible. We need to return to a wood-based global economy, much more than in Middle Ages, and re-elaborate the ancient building systems into modern solutions, bringing wooden architecture back to be the main road toward the evolution from Homo Sapiens to Homo Arboreus, a process distracted and interrupted by the Age of Concrete.
United Nations Global Compact | According to our vision, we have applied to join the United Nations Global Compact, to better promote and support the United Nations in building a more resilient and tree-centric world. App. ID 153964 | 2022 Sept 06.
Supporting the United Nations our 4 Design Principles
In accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations, White Oak Arkitecture bases its projects on 4 design principles: (1) wood-based building systems; (2) massive timber; (3) low-energy dispersion and consumption; (4) carbon offset.
(1) We prefer Wood-Based Building Systems because they can assure the highest technical and ecological performances, i.e. both in therms of seismic, wind and fire resistance, and in terms of energy costs and pollution, for production, use, maintenance, until the final demolition, during the whole life of the building.
(2) We only use Massive Timber because laminated timber is a glue-based technology. We also apply the same principle in insulation solutions, preferring cork to polystirene or mineral fibers, and in our furniture made by order and by design, without any preservative or poly-vinyl-based painting, just using natural oils or wax, and the highest quality timber, almost exclusively American white oak and cedar.
(3) We design structures, interiors, but also windows and thermic systems, for a Low-Energy house, both in terms of warm dispersion and in terms of energy consumption. We design houses without thermal bridges, reducing to the minimum the need of energy for heating, for cooling, and for dehumidification.
(4) Carbon Offset of our projects is a consequence of the application of the first three design principles, reducing to the minimum the carbon footprint of the building. When we can, as for example, in the case of the residential park Quercia Bianca in Castiglione del Lago, Umbria, central Italy, or when we design also the garden of a renovated villa, we further compensate up to zero the carbon debit of the project through the planting of bamboo, using species that have the highest capability to sequestrate atmospheric carbon dioxide. Our Timber Bamboo Collection has been founded with the aim of having our own nursery, high quality plants always available, for the carbon footprint offsetting of our projects. The species we use have the highest carbon sequestration rate in the world.