Why Build with Wood?
Choosing to build with wood provides numerous benefits for both consumers and building professionals. From being naturally Green to being naturally beautiful, thereís no doubt that wood is the premier building material.
Due to sustainable forestry practices, a vast majority of the wood products used in the U.S., known as certified lumber, ensure enough supply to build 1.6 million homes each year. With more than 225 million acres in the U.S. and Canada, certified lumber from sustainable forests is currently the most readily available building material of today. Also, these working or sustainable forests can provide timber for future generations. Wood is a recyclable, renewable, biodegradable, abundant, and sustainable building commodity. It is the ultimate Green material.
Another majorly positive aspect of choosing to build with wood is the overall low cost both in construction and in long-term use. Lumber is cheaper now than itís been for a long time. Wood maintains a competitive pricing advantage over other building materials facing reducing supplies for increasing world demands. In addition, wood frame construction possesses energy saving-qualities and can meet the most demanding energy codes at less cost. Wood is energy efficient because its versatility makes it easy to adjust the width of a wall to accommodate extra insulation where desired. Innovations in wood products are also further improving energy efficiency and are continuing to make wood the leading choice for homebuilding.
As an added bonus, wood holds a natural beauty. It comes in an array of colors and shades to suite various tastes and can be refinished and designed to fit numerous looks. Wood can also be customized, shaped, and cut to fit the needs of any individual.
These are just a few of the many reasons why wood is the best building material choice for consumers and building professionals alike.
WoodWorks is an initiative of the Wood Products Council, which is a cooperative venture of all the major wood associations in North America, as well as research organizations and government agencies. As a result, it provides one-stop access to the widest possible range of information on the use of wood in non-residential structures.
Canadian Wood Council
The Canadian Wood Council CWC is the national association representing manufacturers of Canadian wood products used in construction. Through its member Associations, the Council represents those manufacturers. The Canadian Wood Council enables the selling of Canadian wood products through programs and services focused on creating market access and demand.† CWC increases the use of Canadian wood by assuring their broad regulatory acceptance. The Council ensures that North American construction can make maximum use of Canadian wood products with guidelines, tools and education.
Architectural Woodwork Institute
The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) is a nonprofit trade association founded in 1953. Today, AWI represents nearly 4000 members consisting of architectural woodworkers, suppliers, design professionals and students from around the world.