Wood as a Sustainable Building Material

The Wood Handbook is an unparalleled resource and has many practical and technical uses but, literally, it all starts here: Chapter One – Wood as a Sustainable Building Material.

WoodHandbook100As FPL research general engineer Bob Falk writes in the introduction to the chapter’s first section, Wood as a Green Building Material, “over the past decade, the concept of green building has become more mainstream and the public is becoming aware of the potential environmental benefits of this alternative to conventional construction.” From the benefits of improving a building’s energy efficiency to reducing negative impacts on public health, wood building products can help achieve many of these goals.

Green building is defined as the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment – through better siting, design, material selection, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal – over the complete building life cycle.

Chapter One covers topcs such as embodied energy, carbon impacts, and sustainability as well as forest certification programs like the Forest Stewardship Council, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and the American Tree Farm System, among others.