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When it comes to homes, schools, offices and other buildings, wood is a renewable and sustainable choice. The benefits of wood construction reflect the important role working forests play in both protecting the environment and sustaining rural communities.

WOOD IS A NATURAL, RENEWABLE RESOURCE

Wood grows naturally and is a renewable product of sustainably managed working forests. As trees are harvested and made into all sorts of different wood products, we replant the forests and start the cycle over again. Our timberlands operations and wood products facilities also provide important, stable jobs in rural economies.

WOOD PRODUCTS STORE CARBON

Trees need carbon dioxide to grow and then do something really cool: the carbon is stored in the trunk, limbs, roots and leaves. When we harvest trees at their peak of growth and turn them into wood products, such as lumber, we lock in the carbon and then replant new trees to absorb more carbon. It's an ever-increasing equation.

WOOD PRODUCTS HAVE LESS EMBODIED ENERGY

Trees grow by harnessing the energy of the sun. Independent life-cycle assessments substantiate the low energy-intensity of wood products compared with energy-intensive processes required to mine and manufacture other building materials. Wood buildings also tend to last longer than buildings made of concrete and steel, keeping materials out of landfills and using less resources over time.


THE BENEFITS OF BUILDING WITH WOOD

Through responsible management, our working forests make an important contribution to addressing climate change through carbon capture while providing a perpetual supply of timber.

This video from forestinfo.org highlights the many benefits of building with wood and shows how relying on our working forests for wood products benefits the environment in the long run.


INNOVATIVE WOOD BUILDINGS

Architects and developers are increasingly exploring the possibilities of wood in taller buildings around the world. Innovations in building design and forest products using engineered wood products offer new opportunities for wood construction.

Can you imagine a wooden skyscraper? Mass timber construction includes a variety of products that provide structural performance, carbon efficiency and resilience while linking urban sustainability solutions to rural economies.

Our engineered wood products can complement mass timber construction for tall wood buildings and we are working alongside many partners to encourage the use of mass timber and engineered wood products in new and innovative buildings.

Watch Michael Green's Ted Talk on why we should be building wooden skyscrapers

OUR PRODUCTS AND GREEN BUILDING

Our wood products enable our customers to meet their sustainable building objectives, including being eligible for credits under major green-building standards, such as LEED®Green Globes® and the National Green Building Standard™. We also offer software and support services to help builders meet the requirements of these standards and build buildings more efficiently.

  • Using our products for LEED points

    All our wood products can help builders and architects achieve LEED designation for their buildings. Through the alternate compliance path, products with SFI® chain of custody or fiber sourcing certification count as legal, responsible and, with chain of custody, certified. Find more information on the Sustainable Forestry Initiative's website.
  • Providing certified products for green homes

    We were the first product line to receive a “green” designation from Home Innovation Research Labs. Today, many of our wood products and software solutions are certified for use under the National Green Building Standard.
  • Medium density fiberboard to the green rescue

    Our Glacier Green™ and Glacier Clear™ MDF products meet a wide range of green and sustainable product standards, including SFI Certified Sourcing, California Air Resources Board ATCM 93120, Eco-Certified Composite Standard 4-11, LEED, Green Globes, and the ICC 700-2015 National Green Building Standard.
  • Reducing waste on building sites

    Our innovative construction techniques, such as NextPhase Site Solutions, can reduce job-site waste by optimizing design, material cuts and assembly. Builders using NextPhase can receive credits under major green-building standards, including the National Green Building Standard and LEED for Homes.