Can the use of wood as a building material provide substantial economic and environmental benefits? You betcha it can!

Urbanfloor provides sustainable products by acquiring raw materials from ecologically well-managed forests and suppliers. 

The U.S.D.A. Forest Service recently released a report summarizing the scientific findings that support the environmental and economical benefits of using wood and wood products in green building construction.

According to the USDA Forest Service, “The use of forest products in the United States supports more than a million direct jobs and contributes more than $100 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.  The sustainable use of wood products supports forests, jobs, national income, and a healthy environment.  It also contributes to green building by reducing environmental burdens with constructing, operating, and decommisioning many other types of buildings.”

So how can using wood products be better for our environment?

Let’s look at some facts from industry peers and published reports:

  • Using wood plays an important role in mitigating climate change and is a renewable resource.
  • Harvesting, transporting, manufacturing, and using wood in lumber and panel products contributes to reducing air emissions and greenhouse gases (GHG).
  • North American forests help with climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere however what many don’t know is using wood products continue to store carbon dioxide, keeping it out of the atmosphere in the first place and indefinitely.
  • Less environmental emissions to construct commercial and residential buildings using wood than using concrete and steel.
  • Fossil Fuel consumption which contributes to increased GHG emissions into the atmosphere and quantities of solid waste tend to be less in the manufacture process of wood products.
  • Over 100 years, net GHG emissions are 20%-50% less than alternative construction materials such as steel and concrete.

These are just a few examples but we don’t want to bore you with a huge list.  Take a look at the full USDA Forest Service report HERE

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2 Responses to Can the use of wood as a building material provide substantial economic and environmental benefits? You betcha it can!

  1. Ela says:

    that part of the floor (maybe 10 square feet or so) is still rgnsiterieg moisture on his meter. He recommends that the floor be dried with drying mats and then sanded and refinished.The floor is white oak builder grade from 1972. It squeaks a fair amount when you walk on it and it could definitely stand to be refinished. However, the price I got from the restoration company is outrageous: $2,000 (two thousand dollars) just to dry it out plus another $800 to $1,000 to refinish it. The room is approximately 160 square feet.A few questions for you:1. Doesn’t it make sense for me simply to replace the subfloor and the hardwood rather than repair something that was less than average quality to begin with? The cost of restoration amounts to at least $17.50/square foot. I assume that I can have a new floor installed for $10-11/square foot plus the cost of the subfloor. Do those numbers sound accurate?2. If I do end up replacing the subfloor and the hardwood will that take care of any moisture that was rgnsiterieg on the moisture meter?3. Would you recommend prefinished or raw wood?4. The only surefire way to get rid of the remaining moisture problem and squeaks is to replace the subfloor, correct? Is CDX still the way to go on a subfloor?Thanks, Jeff. I look forward to your response.

  2. Leader says:

    Awesome work there, Tony! I’ve got some flooring that needs doing here at our wee shack… if you’re lokiong for work that takes you “abroad,” then here’s the ticket! Nothing like a bit of physical labour to make you appreciate sitting on your arse and writing.

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