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Wood Uses & Advantages

In the last decade, alternative building materials have begun to gain prominence in the marketplace due to environmental concerns, durability issues, and misconceptions about the consequences of building with wood.

The fact is, untreated wood has huge environmental benefits over other building materials. It is completely biodegradable, serves as a great insulator, uses less energy to process than steel, concrete, aluminum, or plastic, and is 100% renewable.

Recent certification programs in the U.S. and internationally, are also addressing consumer's environmental concerns by certifying forests that are sustainably harvested. Organizations such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), offer forest certification programs that allow forest products to be tracked from their specific origins to the consumer. In addition, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has established the LEED building program, that certifies buildings constructed using "greener" products and processes. These organizations and many others have helped consumers become informed about the environmental footprint left by the products we use

Wood has been used for thousands of years as a building material for homes, bridges, fences, barns, and furniture. Building with wood is cost effective, aesthetically pleasing, and environmentally responsible . To see recent examples of stunning interior wood design, please browse our Awards Gallery.


For more information, please visit the following links:
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

California Forest Products - Wood vs. Other Materials
Wood For Good - Myths About the Sustainability of Wood
Wood Durability - Wood Advantages
Sierra Club: Sierra Magazine - Guide to Shopping for "Environmentally Friendly" Products

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