Basswood, Kiri, and PVC
Mortise and Tenon Joints
4 Louver sizes from 2-1/2″, 3″, 3-1/2″, and 4-1/2″
Hinged, Bi-fold, and Sliding
6 frame styles + custom frame styles
PLANTATION SHUTTERS - CUSTOM MADE FOR YOU
Painted Wooden Shutters and Natural Stained Wooden Shutters. Kiri wood are 30% lighter than Western Red Cedar and 1/3rd the weight of PVC shutters.
All of our products are made to measure in our factory. That means all parts are cut speciﬁcally for the size you require.
Fast growing Plantation Timber such as Kiri not only helps with Global Sustainability, but can provide a superior and lower cost ﬁnished product by reducing inputs and transportation. Buying direct from growers and using resources that originate close to our production facilities reduce cost, transportation and “middle man’ margins helping save money and inputs to Global Warming.
The Smart Energy Alliance in the USA reports wood shutters oﬀer R-values between 2.77 and 3.17. This eﬀectively doubles the eﬃciency of a standard double glazed uPVC window. This can have a pretty substantial eﬀect on your energy bill during the winter months.
What is Kiri wood?
Kiri is a genus of 6 to 17 species (depending on taxonomic authority) of ﬂowering plants in the family Paulowniaceae, related to and sometimes included in the Scrophulariaceae. They are present in much of China, south to northern Laos and Vietnam and are long cultivated elsewhere in eastern Asia, notably in Japan and Korea. They are deciduous trees 12–15 m (39–49 ft) tall, with large, heart-shaped leaves 15–40 cm across, arranged in opposite pairs on the stem. The ﬂowers are produced in early spring on panicles 10–30 cm long, with a tubular purple corolla resembling a foxglove ﬂower. The fruit is a dry capsule, containing thousands of minute seeds.
Uses of Kiri wood
Kiri is known to be an early colonizer of sterile soils (such as after a high temperature wildfire), because its seeds are easily killed off by soil fungi. In fact, it is so difficult to start Kiri by seed that successful plantations purchase rootstock or seedlings—or propagate their own. Remarkably, despite the fact that seeds, seedlings, and roots of even mature trees are so susceptible to rot, the wood itself is not and is widely adored for boat building and surfboards.
What is Global Sustainability in ecology?
In ecology, sustainability is the capacity to endure; it is how biological systems remain diverse and productive indefinitely. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. In more general terms, sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. The organizing principle for sustainability is sustainable development, which includes the four interconnected domains: ecology, economics, politics and culture. Sustainability science is the study of sustainable development and environmental science.
What is Three pillars of sustainability?
The 2005 World Summit on Social Development identified sustainable development goals, such as economic development, social development and environmental protection. This view has been expressed as an illustration using three overlapping ellipses indicating that the three pillars of sustainability are not mutually exclusive and can be mutually reinforcing. In fact, the three pillars are interdependent, and in the long run none can exist without the others. The three pillars have served as a common ground for numerous sustainability standards and certification systems in recent years, in particular in the food industry. Standards which today explicitly refer to the triple bottom line include Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and UTZ Certified. Some sustainability experts and practitioners have illustrated four pillars of sustainability, or a quadruple bottom line. One such pillar is future generations, which emphasizes the long-term thinking associated with sustainability.
What is Circles of sustainability?
While the United Nations Millennium Declaration identified principles and treaties on sustainable development, including economic development, social development and environmental protection it continued using three domains: economics, environment and social sustainability. More recently, using a systematic domain model that responds to the debates over the last decade, the Circles of Sustainability approach distinguished four domains of economic, ecological, political and cultural sustainability. This in accord with the United Nations Agenda 21, which specifies culture as the fourth domain of sustainable development. The model is now being used by organizations such as the United Nations Cities Programme. and Metropolis.