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.
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.
Choosing composite wood products can help members of the design and build community earn points toward major environmental building certification programs, including:
Developed in accordance with ISO 21930 and verified by UL Environment, our EPDs conform with ISO 14025 Type III environmental declarations related to use of resources, global warming potential, emissions to air, soil and water, and waste generation.
CPA administers the ECC Sustainability Standard as a third-party certification agency accredited to ISO/IEC Guide 17065 by ANSI. For more verifiable evidence of our products’ sustainability, look for the ECC-certified logo.