Comparing Wood and Non-Renewable Resources
Life Cycle Assessment is a scientific analysis of environmental impacts that analyzes a product throughout all phases of its life cycle. Based on standards by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), life cycle assessment is widely recognized as the definitive means of determining a product's environmental impacts.
Numerous independent studies conducted by researchers around the world have shown that wood products outperform substitute products like steel and concrete across the full spectrum of environmental impact measures.
Wood construction also delivers energy conservation benefits over the in-service life of the building. Compared to steel or concrete construction methods, wood buildings have less embodied energy and use less energy in their operation.