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Build with Wood, Help the Environment

When built with wood, a typical American home stores more greenhouse gases than the average car emits in a year. As trees grow, they absorb CO2 and break it into carbon and oxygen molecules. They release the oxygen back to the air, and combine the carbon with other building blocks to form wood fiber. After harvest and manufacture into building products, the carbon remains in wood for the life of the building and beyond.

Depending on the manufacturing scenario, wood wall studs, floor joists, and sheathing panels can be carbon negative, meaning they remove and store more climate-changing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air than is required to make and use them. As a result, wood-framed homes can play a positive role in helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A group of 15 leading universities and research institutions found that homes built with wood store significant amounts of carbon. The researchers also found that building a wood home takes at least 16 percent less energy than homes built with concrete or steel, taking into account raw material extraction, manufacturing, construction and eventual demolition and disposal.

In addition to the benefits of storing carbon, trees are a renewable resource unlike any other building product. And since we plant more than 100 million trees a year, you can rest assured (in your new home) that you've made the right environmental choice.

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