Why Wood?

“After all, wood is the ultimate sustainable material. Properly harvested, trees grow, get cut down, and are replaced with more trees. Across its life cycle, no building product has lower energy consumption rates. Wood essentially acts as storage for carbon dioxide (even after it is made into construction material), and when recycled as fuel it creates more energy than was used in its production. Plus, people tend to like it.”                                   

              -Sam Grawe, Editor

Dwell Magazine, April 2008

Preserved wood extends forest resources, allowing one tree to do the work of many. In addition to enabling wood to last a long time or resist flames or mold, our brands have all of the environmental and other advantages associated with wood itself. For example, wood:

•is a renewable resource grown on managed timberlands. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thus reducing greenhouse gases.

•requires less energy to produce than alternative building materials; it is made from sunlight and soil nutrients, rather than fossil fuels.

•offers greater insulation value than alternatives.

•is lighter in weight, and can often be installed with lighter equipment which has less environmental impact.

Wood offers excellent workability with common construction skills and tools, plus it provides design flexibility and economy. Wood is generally less costly than alternative building materials and is considered easier to work with, not to mention aesthetically preferable in many applications. A study conducted by the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM) found that wood framed homes top concrete and steel in a life cycle assessment. Another study conducted by FP Innovations, Canada’s forest products research institute, found that structural failure was not the main reason for demolition of wood buildings and that wood buildings in the study were actually older than steel and concrete buildings demolished.

Deck Safety

Over 40 million decks in the United States are more than 20 years old, and these decks are often in need maintenance or repairs. It’s important for homeowners to check their deck to avoid problems.

Deck Safety

The Treatment Process

For more than 50 years, Wolmanized® Outdoor® wood has been the standard for pressure-treated wood, but many people are unfamiliar with the treatment process, labels and best practices for using treated lumber.

Treatment Process

Industry Links

The wood and building products industry has many professional groups to help home owners, contractors, builders and treaters find support and information about building with wood.

Industry Links