Using Wood for Sustainable Design + Construction

August 11, 2010

Using Wood for Sustainable Design + Construction

Wood is a historic, classic, and durable building material that has leant longevity, aesthetics, and a natural flair to buildings for thousands of years. And while wood has long been considered an environmentally friendly resource, more and more focus is being placed on the recycling and renewability aspects of wood products, as well as the use of certified forest land.

Earn 1 AIA/CEU Learning Unit by reading this feature and passing the test!

After reading this article, you should be able to:

Describe the attributes of wood materials that apply to green building.Discuss sustainable design considerations for the application of wood to building structure, envelope, and interior finishes.Compare the environmental merits of wood and alternative material choices.

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