Wood: The Right Choice
- No other material can match wood’s unique combination of benefits, including strength, affordability, ease of use, and environmental superiority.
- Wood-frame construction has a 100-year track record for safety and dependability. That’s why some nine out of 10 homes today are built with wood.
- Building codes require all materials to provide the same degree of protection, even for extreme events such as earthquakes and hurricanes. Wood-frame construction is as safe, sturdy, and dependable as any other building material.
- Wood is the best insulator against heat and cold, which makes it the most energy-efficient material that can help keep energy bills in check. Unlike steel and concrete, wood doesn’t conduct heat and cold. Wood is 400 times less heat-conductive than steel, so homes built with wood studs take less energy to heat and cool.
- Wood is the most affordable building material. The economy of wood construction is one of the many reasons why wood-frame construction has remained the preferred method for residential construction.
- Wood is easy to use and widely available. Its practicality and workability make construction simple and efficient for use in residential or commercial applications, including multi-story projects.
- As the world’s only renewable building material, wood can be recycled and regenerated. What’s more, trees provide benefits to the environment while they grow, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.
- Wood contributes far fewer greenhouse gases during the manufacturing process than its non-renewable counterparts, steel and concrete. Although wood products make up 47% of all raw materials made in the United States, the share of energy consumed by wood products during production is only 4% of all manufactured materials.