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Sustainability and Energy Efficient Wood

Wood is one of the world’s most sustainable building materials and completely renewable. Its growth helps reduce the impact of global warming  and once it is harvested, carbon is retained in the wood itself, rather than being released into the environment.

Facts & Figures
Engineered wood products have a far smaller carbon footprint than metal and petroleum-based products. They consume far less energy during manufacturing, just four percent of the total energy used to manufacture all industrial raw materials.

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Compared to wood it takes:

0  x more energy

to produce aluminium

0  x more energy

to produce steel & glass

0  x the cost

to produce cement

Wood is carbon neutral, with net carbon emissions are below zero

  • Wood is a renewable, recyclable and biodegradable resource which can be made into a range of products that reduce waste by decreasing disposal costs and product damage.
  • Derived entirely from solar energy, wood fibre resource is a keystone in reducing global warming. Forests mitigate climate change by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in trees, soil and biomass.
  • The CO2absorbed by growing forests and stored in trees and wood products offsets the energy required to harvest, process, transport and maintain those products over time. And quality, durable products made from wood continue to store the carbon for generations to come.
  • Young, growing trees absorb more carbon dioxide than older mature trees.
  • For every ton of wood grown, a young forest produces 1.07 tons of oxygen and absorbs 1.47 tons of carbon dioxide. As the forest matures, growth slows and the absorption rate drops off.
  • Harvesting a mature forest sequesters the carbon in the wood, so it is not released into the atmosphere.
  • A 2,400-square-foot wood-frame house, for example, has 28.5 tons of carbon dioxide sequestered, roughly equivalent to seven years’ worth of emissions from a small, light-duty car.

Sustainable forestry

The 2008 amendment to the US’s original 1900 Lacey Act brought in the world’s first ban on trade in illegally sourced wood products. The US operates some of the most stringent and regulated forestation practices in the world and its certified wood products are sourced from only sustainably managed resources. 

These forestation practices have been officially recognised by one or more of the five systems for the certification of sustainable forestry management and its supply chain. Certification requires evidence of the ‘Chain of Custody’ (CoC), being able to track certified material from the forest to the final product.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) are the two internationally recognised systems. They support the same objectives but take a different approach. View here PEFC’s Promoting Sustainable Forest Management Globally and compare with the FSC COC standard, in full or its summary.

The other certification bodies are: Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA). and its 

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