Environmental Product Declarations
The American Wood Council (AWC) and Canadian Wood Council (CWC) have published six environmental product declarations (EPDs) for laminated veneer lumber and wood I-joists, softwood lumber, softwood plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), and glued laminated timber (glulam). EPDs are standardized tools that provide information about the environmental footprint of the products they cover. The EPDs provide building teams with science-based information on environmental impacts and facilitate more informed building material choices.
The EPDs and accompanying transparency briefs are posted at: http://www.awc.org/greenbuilding/epd.php.
Carbon Calculator — Quantify the Benefits of Building with Wood
Wood products continue to store carbon absorbed by the trees while growing, keeping it out of the atmosphere indefinitely. Using wood in place of fossil fuel-intensive materials such as steel and concrete also greenhouse gases that would have been emitted during manufacturing.
The WoodWorks Carbon Calculator makes it possible to quantify these benefits for wood buildings. The Calculator estimates the amount of carbon stored in a building's wood products and the amount of greenhouse gas emissions avoided by eliminating steel and concrete.
Access WoodWorks' Carbon Calculator.
Wood: Sustainable Building Solutions
APA's environmental brochure, Wood: Sustainable Building Solutions, Form F305, describes the environmental benefits of engineered wood products, compares wood to other structural products, and explains scientific research that demonstrates wood's green building merits.
Download Wood: Sustainable Building Solutions, Form F305.
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