There is no other building material available that is as sustainable as wood is. As a raw building material, responsibly sourced wood has an extensive list of merits. The products you choose to build and remodel different structures with has a significant impact on the environment. Whatever materials you decide to use, it is important to consider the environmental aspects of its life cycle.
· Wood creates far less carbon dioxide emissions that pollute the air than competing building products.
· Wood products also cause less water pollution, have a smaller carbon footprint and have less embodied energy than do other materials that are commonly used in the building trade.
· The sustainability movement and green building initiatives have incorporated wood into their stringent building codes and national standards.
· Properly treated wood preserves wood against termite attack and fungal decay which lengthens its serviceability and further extends the benefits of using wood.
· Wood is the only building material that is naturally renewable. Documentation shows that forest growth in North America has exceeded forest harvest for decades.
· Technological advancements in wood product manufacturing continue to improve wood’s sustainability after it is harvested.
· Wood is also considered an energy efficient product.
· Wood’s durability and adaptability create many different opportunities for renovation, reuse and recycling, all of which help to make it a sustainable product that depletes less of the earth’s vital resources.
· Sustainable forestry has become of major importance in the wood supply chain because it plays an integral part in the health of our planet. These managed forests help the planet by providing clean air and water and natural habitats for plants and wildlife. They additionally create employment opportunities for nearby communities.
· There is an independent forest certification system in place to assure you that the wood you use comes from sustainable, well-managed forests. The forests receiving these certifications are committed to making sure that their water, air, soil and wildlife habitat resources will be conserved and that they will be replanted with native species.