Using Wood to Tackle Climate Change

As environmental awareness grows, architects, engineers and builders are finding wood is an excellent choice. By choosing materials like wood that minimize the use of energy, water, materials — thus reducing the impact on human health and the environment — everyone can contribute to sustainable development.

Using wood products that store carbon (vs. building materials that are more emissions-intensive to manufacture) can help mitigate climate change. FPINNOVATIONS, one of the world’s largest forest research centres, estimates the carbon-storing capabilities of just one wood building of 100,000ft(sq) is the environmental equivalent of removing 1,400 cars from the road every year.