Western Red Cedar Facts

Real Green Facts

When homeowners choose natural wood, they’re actually doing the planet and their pocketbooks a huge favor

Get the Real Green facts about Real Cedar:

  • Building with Real Cedar actually helps reduce greenhouse gasses.  Cedar, along with other wood products, has the lowest impact of all building materials on air and water quality. For starters, the manufacturing of wood products produces far fewer toxins and greenhouse gases than the leading man-made materials.  But it gets better than that; the regeneration of forests after harvest creates new trees, which take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen as they grow. That’s great news for the environment.
  • Real Cedar is recyclable and biodegradable.  Man-made materials – including brick, cement and composite products – don’t break down like wood does. The only things they help grow are the piles at the landfill, and the holes in the ozone layer.
  • Real Cedar is a renewable resource.  Wood is the world’s only renewable building material. Lumber producers have been replacing harvested trees so diligently over the last few decades that North American forests have actually grown by 20 per cent since 1970.
  • Real Cedar is sourced from the most sustainably managed forests in the world.  Western Red Cedar is green by nature, but certification is a bonus for consumers looking for an added assurance. More than 85 per cent of timberland in British Columbia, Canada – where most western red cedar comes from – is certified by internationally recognized, independent forest certification agencies.
  • Real Cedar saves energy.  Wood products require much less energy to produce than concrete or steel – that’s according to an independent study that compared how much energy is needed to obtain, manufacture, transport and install building materials for identical wood frame, steel frame and concrete houses. These findings prove, once and for all, that wood is environmentally superior to alternative materials. And on top of that, wood has naturally occurring thermal properties. It conducts heat and insulates better than steel and concrete, so it saves even more energy (not to mention money) when it comes to heating and cooling homes.

Wood Product Comparison

See How Wood Stacks Up Against Other Building Materials

The table below clearly illustrates that there’s no comparison with wood vs. other non-sustainable products in almost every aspect.

Wood Steel Concrete
Total Energy Use Lowest 140% more 70% more
Greenhouse Gases Lowest 45% more 81% more
Air Pollution Lowest 42% more 67% more
Water Pollution Lowest 1900% more 90% more
Solid Waste Lowest 36% more 96% more
Ecological Resource Use Lowest 16% more 97% more

Source: The ATHENA™ SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS INSTITUTE

Environmental Product Declarations

Attached are the Environmental Product Declarations for the following Western Red Cedar products:

Typical Western Red Cedar Decking – Valid till 2021

Typical Western Red Cedar Siding – Valid till 2021

Typical Western Red Cedar Lumber – Valid till 2021