Benefits of Using Wood

It has been around for so long that it should be obvious: there are many, many benefits for using wood.

 

Using Wood Helps Reduce Environmental Impact

Wood products are better for the environment than other commonly used building materials. They need less energy across their life cycle, are responsible for less air and water pollution, and have a lighter carbon footprint.

 

Wood is Renewable

Unlike other products that deplete the earth’s resources, wood is the only major building material that 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.

 

Wood Meets Code

Today’s building codes coupled with advances in wood science and building technology have expanded options for wood construction. Wood building materials and systems have a proven safety record for fire protection, while years of research and building-code development have established that wood-frame and hybrid structures can meet or exceed the most demanding earthquake design requirements. Wood also has inherent characteristics that make it ideal in areas prone to high winds.

 

Wood is Versatile

Wood’s design flexibility makes it suitable for a wide range of building types and applications, both structural and aesthetic. Its light weight and workability make it easy to apply to specific applications. Building with wood is fast and efficient, and can be undertaken year-round in almost any climate.

 

Wood Costs Less

Wood products sold in North America offer advantages in terms of material, construction and environmental costs. Wood can be locally sourced and is usually less expensive than alternative building materials. And wood building systems typically cost less to install than other mainstream structural materials. When considering environmental costs, over its lifetime, wood performs better than most building materials.

 

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