Buildings Made Of Previously Charred Lumber Reduce House Fire Risk [Pics]

Buildings Made Of Previously Charred Lumber Reduce House Fire Risk [Pics]
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The ancient Japanese tradition of Shou Sugi Ban burns wood as a strategy to preserve it and keep away insects and rot.

Emma Hutchings
  • 22 october 2013

The ancient Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban (‘Yakisugi’) preserves wood by charring it.  This makes it less susceptible to fire and helps keep away insects and rot.

The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil. It is becoming more widely available for domestic use and presents new opportunities in design to create attractive buildings that are safer.

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