Wood products are much greener for the environment than other building materials because they're sustainable and forests are able to replenish. It takes much less energy and resources to harvest and produce wood products. Wood also releases less toxic emissions, minimizing its pollution output.
- • Most wood comes from sustainable forests, with only 20 percent, or 3.4 billion cubic meters, of new annual growth being harvested each year.
- • Forest growth in the U.S. has exceeded harvest continually since the 1940s and forest inventory has actually increased by 39 percent since 1952.
- • The forest products industry is responsible for 41 percent of all replanted forest acreage.
- • Sustainable forests are managed by various certification programs that exist for the purpose of encouraging the trend in green products and building.
- • Manufacturing, transporting and assembling concrete, steel and brick accounts for an estimated 20 to 30 percent of the world’s fossil fuel use.
- • Wood has the ability to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions because the production of solid wood products results in the storage of a portion of a tree’s carbon in another long-term storage medium.