The Loxley shelter is made from EN14081-2 structurally graded, FSC certified redwood which comes from 100% sustainably managed forests.
This is the first completely plastic free shelter on the cycle parking market. The roof covering is made from fully recyclable galvanised steel and we have even removed the plastic in the locknuts and washers used in the shelter, instead using a plastic free alternative.
Timber is a far more attractive and sustainable option for cycle storage, from the Designing Buildings website;
Substitution opportunities – Wood is durable and strong. This makes it a good choice as a building material. Studies have also demonstrated that over their lifetime, wood products are associated with far lower greenhouse gas emissions than building materials including steel, concrete and aluminium.
Energy-efficient – Wood and wood products require relatively less energy to extract and harvest than other resources.
Life-cycle assessments show that wood is a good choice – Unlike other resources whose supply is finite or whose life-cycle is measured in tens of thousands or in millions of years, forests are a renewable resource with a relatively short growth cycle. As such, they have the potential to continue yielding their products and services indefinitely.
This chart shows the process energy of common building materials, you can see how the softwood used for the Loxley shelter uses a fraction of the embodied energy (hence carbon footprint) of steel, plastic & aluminium;