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USDA study finds wood is a top green building material

The American Forest Foundation welcomed a new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showing that wood is a superior green building material, with environmental benefits that outweigh many other common building materials.

The study, "Science Supporting the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Using Wood and Wood Products in Green Building Construction," analyzed a life-cycle assessment of green building materials. The USDA study found that growing, harvesting, transporting, manufacturing and using wood produces less air pollution – including greenhouse gasses – than concrete, steel and other material options.

“Giving the green light to wood as the green building material should dramatically impact the market for sustainably grown wood in this country,” said AFF President Tom Martin. “Healthy forests need healthy markets, and the green building market is expected to grow to a $173 billion industry by 2015. Secretary Vilsack is a champion for working family forests and understands their importance to America’s rural economies.”

September 2011

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