Over the years, sustainability talks and practices have become more important because of the rapid change in climate, and other environmental factors increasingly becoming evident in today’s time. As a response to the sign of the times, companies are shifting to greener practices. As a consumer, you can help too. In building a home, you can buy more sustainable products to help in preserving the environment. One of the sustainable practices in the construction industry is the utilization of wood. Here are some reasons why wood helps in building a sustainable home:
Wood has an aesthetic appeal unlike any other. The combination of color, grain, and texture makes you love its natural characteristics. Wood has a distinct elegance that calms the mood and creates an inviting ambiance to your house.
Did you know that relative to its weight, wood is the strongest building material on the planet? Under favorable conditions and if stored properly, wood can last 2000 years. Building materials made of natural wood are characterized by high durability.
All by-products of wood can be reused and repurposed, making the use of it zero waste. Wood is processed to use as lumber, and even sawdust can be burned for wood bioenergy. Burning wood to eliminate waste also generates green energy for some companies creating a more sustainable way of operating.
Wood is a renewable source. Unlike metal or concrete, it has the ability to replenish itself. People shy away from using wood as a construction material because of the notion of trees being cut down carelessly. Fortunately, over the years, sustainability became a priority, and policies were geared toward better logging practices. Selective harvesting, in contrast with clear cutting, chooses trees to be cut down, so that new trees can be planted and forest growth can be maintained. Forests also regain their carbon dioxide capacity when new trees are planted.
Throughout the wood’s lifecycle, it uses less energy. Compared to steel manufacturing and wastewater production, it costs less to produce both in terms of energy and money. In a home, having a timber frame causes households to consume less energy because of wood’s natural thermal properties.
Of course, for wood to be truly sustainable, you have to choose a company that values sustainability. Andersen Corporation is one of the first companies to sign Ceres Climate Declaration. Ceres is a nonprofit organization that advocates for sustainability by partnering with corporations to solve the world’s biggest sustainability problems. Furthermore, their strict forest resource policy follows a procurement rule that disallows sourcing of wood from illegal logging. It’s evident in the products they sell too. Andersen’s 400 Series Windows and Doors safeguards the wood inside with its Perma-Shield® system gives the exterior a tough protective shell for the wood inside, as it repels water, resists dents, and stays beautiful for years.