Why do wood frame house structures contribute to sustainable development?
Steel, wood and concrete are the three most common options when it comes to the structure of a house. Concrete can be used to produce sturdy, durable and aesthetic projects. Steel is resistant and efficient on building sites. However, wood is the choice that contributes most to sustainable development. Find out why.
Timber is a material with a low ecological footprint
A product’s ecological footprint refers to the resources needed to produce it and absorb the waste generated during its manufacture. Naturally, the smaller the product, the more it contributes to sustainable development.
It has been proven that wood absorbs carbon dioxide and that forests produce oxygen. According to Green Building Advisor, steel and concrete are responsible for more than 8% of the world’s total GHG emissions.
In addition to being a renewable material, timber production requires little energy and the raw material can be purchased locally, which reduces GHG emissions from transportation. Moreover, less contaminants are released into the water and air in the wood processing process. Wood processing uses fewer resources than steel and concrete.
Compared to wood, using steel and concrete is more harmful. For example, metal structures have an air toxicity index 74% higher than wood. Concrete structures have a 115% higher index than wood.
The wood used to manufacture prefabricated structures largely comes from certified forests
According to Cecobois, the centre of expertise for commercial wood construction, 66% of the wood used for construction comes from certified forests. Whether it is FSC, SFI or CSA certified, this wood is sourced from forests that are managed in a sustainable and socially responsible manner.
According to the same source, Canada has more certified forest land than any other country with more than 40% of all forest land. Canada protects and conserves its forests through sustainable forest management laws and practices. These are based on scientific data. In Quebec, a set of regulatory, administrative and legal provisions also dictate how public forests are managed and developed.
When you rely on wood frame structures for your construction projects, you contribute to sustainable development.
Wood is an energy-efficient material
Wood is a durable, recyclable and reusable material. It is an excellent thermal insulator that saves on energy and heating. Using wood for the construction of house structures speeds up projects since the wood is flexible, lightweight, modular and does not require drying time.
UsiHome is proud to offer a full range of prefabricated wood structures
In conclusion, wood reduces your environmental footprint, is mainly derived from certified forests and has a high energy efficiency. For these reasons, it is safe to say that wood frame house structures contribute to sustainable development.
Moreover, Quebec-based UsiHome is proud to contribute in its own way to sustainable development. We offer a variety of structural wood products, prefabricated in our factory. If you have any questions about our products that contribute to sustainable development, contact our team today!