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10 Benefits of Building With Wood

When it comes to construction and remodeling of homes today, there are more building material options than ever. Despite these options, the only real choice is wood. Wood continues to prove its worth for many reasons. Here are 10 benefits of building with wood:

  1. Strength and Durability — Wood can provide a solid foundation for any home. Building codes require all building materials, including wood, to meet safety requirements for extreme events like hurricanes and earthquakes. Treated-wood is also resistant to water, fungal decay and termites and other pests.
  2. Proven Dependability — With a strong track record over the past 100 years, homes constructed with wood framework continue to be the top choice for both homeowners and home builders. It's no wonder 9 out of 10 homes today are built with wood.
  3. Sustainability — Unlike many products such as steel that have a limited supply, wood is renewable. Sustainable, certified forestry accounts for a large segment of the lumber products industry. Nearly half of all trees planted annually are from forest products companies.
  4. Obtainability — Because wood is sustainable and forests are able to replenish, wood is vastly available and in high demand. This helps to keep the price of wood low and competitive and is the reason why wood-framed homes continue to be a staple in residential construction.
  5. Green Factor — Wood products are much greener for the environment. It takes much less energy and resources to harvest and produce wood products. Wood also releases less toxic emissions, minimizing its pollution output.
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Supporting HLPA through Membership

Established in 2003, the Hawaii Lumber Products Association (HLPA) is committed to the education and promotion of lumber products as the best choice for construction in Hawaii. The HLPA educates the general public, homeowners, commercial builders, designers, and architects on the benefits of building with wood as a cost-effective and "green" sustainable resource.

According to President, Ken Laughlin of Pacific Wood Preserving, "Our members are professionals from a variety of industries that support construction in Hawaii. Membership is comprised of building material producers, shippers, suppliers, retailers, builders, and treatment companies across the mainland and Hawaii."

Benefits of membership are reflected in HLPA educational and promotional efforts:

  • HLPA website with logos and links to promote member companies
  • Member News section of website for press releases and company updates
  • Quarterly eNewsletters
  • Extensive multi-media campaign including print and radio
  • Booth at the annual Pacific Building Trade Expo.
  • Annual HLPA Wood & Lumber Resources Guide distributed in the Building Industry magazine, a publication exclusively for design, development and construction professionals throughout the Hawaiian Islands and Guam.

The HLPA continues to grow in membership year after year while promoting the key message Wood is the very best building material choice for Hawaii! To find out more about membership please call our offices at 541-WOOD (9663).

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