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Cost

Wood offers advantages in terms of material, construction and environmental costs.

Code acceptance

Building codes recognize wood’s safety and structural performance capabilities in a wide range of building types.

Fire protection

Building codes require all building systems to perform to the same level of safety, regardless of material used.

Seismic loads

Wood-frame structures can meet or exceed the most demanding earthquake design requirements.

Innovation

Advances in wood science and building technology continue to expand the opportunities for wood construction.

Carbon footprint

Wood products continue to store carbon absorbed during the tree’s growing cycle, keeping it out of the atmosphere.

Renewability

Wood is the only major building material that grows naturally and is renewable.