Burnt Cedar cladding


A big decision with regards the house was what to use for the cladding of the house. While looks were of course important, carbon footprint of the materials, cost, use of toxic wood stain and preservatives were all considered.

The final choice was what is called in Japan, Yaki-sugi, which is cedar cladding that has the outside burned to leave a protective charcoal coating. The charcoal acts as a natural preservative and also rapels insects. In addition, the wood was from Japan – a bonus for minimising the embedded energy (carbon footprint) of the chosen material.

Traditional buildings in Japan often have yaki-sugi, and a similar technique is used in the Swiss Alps where chalets last for generations.


About ifd66

From UK and living in Japan. I am very interested in sustainable development and in general ecology and conservation issues and solutions. Finished building a low impact family house in Shiga, Japan in 2013 and am now focused on using permaculture to develop our plot of land into a more sustainable, productive, and attractive space. My hope is that this blog is useful to those interested in similar issues and way of life.
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