Quote from: Patrick Moore (Greenpeace Cofounder / Forest Ecologist):
“When it comes to building materials, wood is the only material that is renewable. Steel, concrete, plastic, and aluminum are all non-renewable resources; and in particular require a lot more energy and emit a lot more greenhouse gasses in their manufacturing. So far as an environmentally friendly building product, wood is the clear leader. One of the most sustainable things about western red cedar is that when it is harvested, virtually 100% of it goes either to lumber, shakes & shingles, pulp & paper, or energy into mills that make these products. One of the great things about choosing shakes & shingles is that it makes you part of the renewable cycle using a product that is designed by Mother Nature.”
From these building materials, wood is the most energy conserving and is the only material that is 100% reusable, recyclable, biodegradable and renewable.
Steel, aluminum, plastic and concrete are frequently thought of as wood substitutes. It is often incorrectly assumed that using these products will help protect our forests. But we cannot grow more iron ore to make steel, bauxite to make aluminum, petroleum to make plastic, or limestone to make concrete. These materials are mined or extracted from the earth, never to be replaced again. Even recycled wood substitutes contain large percentages of virgin, nonrenewable materials.
Consider wood for it:
is a RENEWABLE RESOURCE.
survives 130 mph hurricane-force winds
has high insulation value – low energy costs
is highly resilient in earthquakes
withstands pounding hailstorms
is aesthetically pleasing, offering lasting value
is available with 30+ year warranties
lasts a lifetime with pressure-impregnated fire retardant
guards against decay with pressure preservative treatment
protects the environment – It’s ENVIROSMART
Every time we use a product from a nonrenewable resource, we are diminishing the earth’s ability to sustain us. Wood roofing and siding, however is made form a resource that can be planted, harvested and planted again and again.
WOOD IS THE CHOICE FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
All of the mills that manufacture cedar shakes and shingles contribute to the replanting and maintaining of our natural resources. The province of British Columbia has some of the highest standards and toughest regulations in the harvesting of Western Red Cedar.
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