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.
|Total Energy Use
|Ecological Resource Use
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