Manufactured by Mother Nature
As the product of soil, sunlight, air, and water, it’s hard to be any greener than a tree. So, it stands to reason that the most sustainable mainstream building materials available come from trees. Wood’s contribution to green building becomes even greater when you consider its role in sequestering carbon. Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) and convert it to the food they need to grow. In the process, they release oxygen (O2) back into the atmosphere, and store excess carbon inside their wood. This sequestered carbon remains locked inside the wood – even after it becomes part of the built environment – until it’s burned or begins to decay. Composite wood products made with recycled wood fiber lock more of that carbon into products than ever before, while at the same time new trees are planted to consume greater amounts of CO2.
Clean, efficient manufacturing for climate-neutral performance
Thanks to responsible sourcing, near-zero waste, and plants powered by excess biomass, composite panels contain more sequestered carbon than the amount expended in their manufacture, transport, and installation.
Composite wood panels outperform alternate materials in nearly every category when compared to steel, cement, plastic and glass. But, in keeping with our history and our commitment to continuous improvement, the industry is always working to get better.
Green Building Credits
Choosing composite wood products can help members of the design and build community earn points toward major environmental building certification programs, including:
- U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED V4
- Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes
- National Green Building Standard (NGBS)
- Business and Institutional Fur niture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) level Program and Furniture Sustainability
- Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) Standard Standard
- ASHRAE 189.1
- Living Building Challenge
- WELL Building Standard