Wood Building Materials Are Sustainable and Renewable

May 3, 2015

 

Wood is a sustainable, renewable building material

Everything old is new again, especially when it comes to construction. Suddenly, architects and builders around the world are discovering that wood building materials are sustainable and renewable — and beautiful,too.

Wood has many advantages over traditional building materials such as concrete or steel. Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow. When trees are made into building materials, that carbon dioxide remains sequestered in the finished products. When wooden building materials reach the end of their useful life, they are often be repurposed or recycled into new products. All that stored carbon dioxide is kept out of the atmosphere virtually forever.

In This Article

In this article, we will focus in on wood as a building material, and also highlight some new trends in wooden structural design. A wooden structure may seem old fashioned, but we’ll show you that there is still a lot to discover about this popular building material.

We will show you how wooden construction can blend functionality and design criteria to create some of the most revolutionary buildings out there today. We will start by highlighting why wood is so sustainable and renewable, and then jump into some new trends in wood structure creation.

Wood Is Sustainable And Renewable

Wood has always been touted for its environmental benefits. Of course, at its most basic level it is an all-natural material. No chemicals or hazardous manufacturing processes are involved. Additionally, so long as the harvesting does not exceed the replenishment, wood is a sustainable resource. However, as with anything, there is a balance to be had, and we need to ensure that forestation does not exceed what can be regrown.

There is some even more encouraging information that can be gathered from studies which examines the renewable nature of wood.

A study by