Douglas Fir

Published on 21 December 2018

A NATURALLY SUSTAINABLE, ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY MATERIAL

At Huttopia, we use a lot of Douglas fir wood. Combined with other materials in our accommodation and facilities, or on it’s own for lodges built entirely of wood, such as our Wood Cabins… But why do we love it so much?

Building with wood

In general, building with wood, a renewable material, helps to reduce greenhouse gasses (saving energy during construction and in recycling at the end-life of the buildings). In addition, building with wood is a way of storing carbon dioxide (the gas is fossilized in the building), reducing emissions into the atmosphere.

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Douglas Fir also has some very specific qualities, including a very long, straight trunk. It is often exploited in forestry for its exceptional durability which makes it naturally rot-proof.

This durability makes Douglas Fir an ideal option for specific uses both outdoors and in very humid environments, without needing to treat the wood. That’s why Huttopia uses untreated, solid Douglas pine. It is weather resistant and only ages very slowly….

A short history of Douglas fir (which is in fact neither a pine nor a fir tree)

Native to North America, it is sometimes known as Oregon pine. Its first importer, David Douglas, (an Englishman who introduced it into Europe) gave it its name in the 19th century. It appeared at the end of the same century in France and was used to reforest the Massif Central, the Morvan, the Vosges and Brittany. It grows very quickly, can reach between 40 and 60 metres in height and can live well over 300 years in its natural environment! Hence its success, making it one of the most widespread tree species nowadays in French forests.

Published on 21 December 2018