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Wood as a sustainable building materialAuthor(s): Robert H. Falk
Source: Wood handbook : wood as an engineering material: chapter 1. Centennial ed. General technical report FPL ; GTR-190. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2010: p. 1.1-1.6.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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DescriptionFew building materials possess the environmental benefits of wood. It is not only our most widely used building material but also one with characteristics that make it suitable for a wide range of applications. As described in the many chapters of this handbook, efficient, durable, and useful wood products produced from trees can range from a minimally processed log at a log-home building site to a highly processed and highly engineered wood composite manufactured in a large production facility. As with any resource, we want to ensure that our raw materials are produced and used in a sustainable fashion. One of the greatest attributes of wood is that it is a renewable resource. If sustainable forest management and harvesting practices are followed, our wood resource will be available indefinitely.
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CitationFalk, Robert H. 2010. Wood as a sustainable building material. Wood handbook : wood as an engineering material: chapter 1. Centennial ed. General technical report FPL ; GTR-190. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2010: p. 1.1-1.6.
KeywordsBuilding materials, sustainable forestry, renewable natural resources, utilization, buildings, testing, environmental engineering, wooden-frame houses, dwellings, wooden building, architecture, climate, energy consumption, carbon sequestration, forest products industry, certification, wooden-frame buildings, green products, wood, wood technology, forest resources
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