Green building aims to increase energy and water efficiency, use less toxic materials and enhance
occupant comfort. We believe wood products and green building go hand in hand. With us, building
green doesn’t start at the job site — it starts in the forest. We optimize each tree by using proprietary
manufacturing and design software technologies to create wood products that are environmentally
responsible choices for green building.
Green building, like sustainable forestry, is guided by voluntary standards to which a project (or
building) must verify compliance. Some green-building standards have been adopted by federal, state
and local governments. Others are administered by homebuilding industry associations and other
voluntary groups. We support voluntary, consensus-based green-building standards that incorporate
life-cycle assessments and specify wood products from responsible and certified sources.
WOOD MEASURES BETTER
Independent life-cycle assessments show that wood requires less energy to produce — and provides
better insulation from cold and heat — than steel and concrete. The Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials found that in
a typical home, wood construction offers the following advantages:
- wood requires 17 percent less energy and generates 26 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than steel
- wood requires 16 percent less energy and generates 31 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than concrete
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OUR PRODUCTS IN GREEN BUILDINGS
Our wood products offer several solutions to meet the needs of builders committed to sustainable
building, including products that are eligible for credits under major green-building standards
and software and support services to help builders meet the requirements of these standards.
- We promote innovative construction techniques, such as NextPhase Site Solutions, which can reduce
job-site waste by up to 50 percent 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.
- Our entire wood products line was the first to receive a “green” designation from Home Innovation
Research Labs (formerly the National Association of Home Builders Research Center) and was certified
in early 2009 for use under the National Green Building Standard. As this standard continues to
grow in popularity, we are proud to have been one of its earliest supports and adopters.
- We were the first manufacturer to have our entire wood products line independently certified by
the ICC Evaluation Service under its innovative SAVE Program (Sustainable Attributes Verification
Read the Product Environmental Profiles for some
of our most popular wood products.