Thank you for choosing or considering Wood… YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID!
It takes 9 times more Energy to produce a steel stud as it does to produce a comparable wood stud.
It takes 5 times more energy to produce aluminium siding rather than wood siding.
It takes 3 times more energy to extract and produce a concrete block than to produce its equivalent weight of wood.
Producing a 4” concrete slab floor requires 21 times more energy than producing a wood deck.
Wood has 413 times the resistance to heat transfer (R-Value) of steel, 2000 times that of aluminium and 8 times that of concrete.
A steel frame building uses 4,000 times more coal, oil and natural gas to process than wood.
Aluminium production results in 8 times the air emissions and 300 times the water emissions of lumber production.
The production of concrete emits 2 to 3 times more carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons than the production of lumber.
Totally biodegradable wood waste accounts for only 7% of the volume of U.S landfills. Totally NON-biodegradable plastics account for 25% to 30% of landfill space.
RENEWABLE AND RECYCLABLE
Wood is the only readily renewable natural resource and it is increasing in reserves every year.
The total volume of wood growing in the U.S is 25% greater today than it was in 1952.
Even steel containing 60% recycled material consists of 40% virgin material that was mined from the earth and cannot be replaced.
The synthetic materials industries (plastic, vinyl, etc) rely on oil and natural gas for 98% of the raw materials and the World Resources Institute estimated reserves of natural gas would last only 58 years at 1988 production rates.
CHOOSE WISELY…..CHOOSE WOOD
Reference: source: http://www.buildingproductsplus.com/wood.htm