Wood has many attributes that make it an obvious choice for green building. It grows naturally and is the only major building material that is renewable and sustainable over the long term.
Life cycle assessment (LCA) studies consistently show that wood outperforms fossil fuel-intensive materials such as steel and concrete in terms of embodied energy, air and water pollution, and global warming potential. Wood contributes to a building’s energy efficiency and helps reduce its carbon footprint, and research suggests that exposed wood has a positive effect on the health and well-being of building occupants. Wood’s adaptability also translates into opportunities for renovation, reuse and recycling.
- Building Green with Wood Toolkit – naturallywood.com
- Canadian Wood. Renewable by Nature. Sustainable by Design – naturallywood.com
- Green Building – American Wood Council
- Green Building and Engineered Wood – APA
- State of America’s Forests – Society of American Foresters
- Wood and the Environment – Southern Forest Products Association
- Wood and Green Building – WoodWorks