Why use Wood

Environment friendly material

Wood’s light carbon footprint is particularly interesting to policymakers and design professionals alike. They realise the positive impact forests and forest products have on greenhouse gases.

As trees grow, they clean the air we breathe by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, storing the carbon in their wood, roots, leaves or needles, and surrounding soil, and releasing the oxygen back into the atmosphere. Young, vigorously growing trees absorb the most carbon dioxide, with the rate slowing as they reach maturity.

When trees start to decay, or when forests succumb to wildfire, insects or disease, the stored carbon is released back into the atmosphere. However, when trees are harvested and manufactured into forest products, the products continue to store much of the carbon. In the case of wood buildings, this carbon is kept out of the atmosphere for the lifetime of the structure—or longer if the wood is reclaimed and manufactured into other products.

In any of these cases, the carbon cycle begins again as the forest is regenerated, either naturally or by planting, and young seedlings once again begin absorbing carbon.

Manufacturing wood into products requires far less energy than other materials—and very little fossil fuel energy. Most of the energy that is used comes from converting residual bark and sawdust to electrical and thermal energy, adding to wood’s light carbon footprint.

Wood from British Columbia (B.C.), Canada is procured from sustainably managed forests and third-party certified to forest certification standards such as PEFC / FSC, assuring Indian customers of its environmental credentials.

Sawn lumber in standardised grades & sizes


Life-cycle assessment of wood (LCA)

When pitted against two other popular materials of construction used in urban spaces today i.e. steel and concrete, wood emerges as the clear winner. Wood is the only truly sustainable resource with third party certifications in place to verify that the products have come from a sustainably managed source. Wood has a lighter carbon footprint than other common building materials and is much less greenhouse gas intensive on a life cycle basis. It outperforms concrete and steel in terms of embodied energy, greenhouse gas emissions and air and water pollution.

A quick comparison of the Life Cycle Assessment of different materials shows wood as the material of choice for a better environment

Comparison of LCA of wood, steel and concrete

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