Architects and builders choose wood because it looks great, has numerous environmental characteristics – including renewability – and is easy to work with.
In addition, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, sequestering and storing the carbon while producing oxygen – this reduces greenhouse gases and improves air quality. Forests provide many other benefits, including clean air and water, habitat for wildlife, commercially valuable products like wood, and employment for local communities.
Many of wood’s positive attributes depend in part on whether the forest resource is renewed. Third party- forest certification standards like the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) offer a proof point that the forest has been managed for multiple environmental, social and economic values – today and into the future.