Wood grows naturally and reduces impact

With growing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, building designers are increasingly being called upon to balance functionality and cost objectives with reduced environmental impact. Wood is a cost-effective material and a renewable resource that can help to achieve that balance.
The choice of products used to build, renovate and operate structures has a significant impact on the environment. When specifying any materials, it is important to consider their life cycle environmental impacts. Wood products have less embodied energy, are responsible for lower air and water pollution, and have a lighter carbon footprint than other commonly used building materials.
Learn more about the forests of North America and the environmental impact of wood building and materials through third-party research, forest reports and a carbon calculator.

Reduced Impact

Life cycle assessment (LCA) studies consider the environmental impacts of materials over their entire life cycle, from extraction or harvest of raw materials through manufacturing, transportation, installation, use, maintenance and disposal or recycling.

Renewable Resource

Wood grows naturally and is renewable. Responsible forest management helps to ensure that forests are legally harvested and managed to meet society's long-term demand for forest products.
Sustainable forest management involves meeting society’s need for forest products and other benefits, while respecting the values people attach to forests and preserving forest health and diversity for the future.
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