In this section, you’ll find technical information and topics geared towards building professionals, including building to code, lumber grades and size, span tables and more.

Wood is an ideal material for residential construction. Building with wood is fast and cost effective, and it can be undertaken year-round. Builders, remodelers and do-it-yourselfers prefer to build with wood because of its easy workability, value, reliable performance and environmental advantages.

Wood, by its nature, offers energy efficiency advantages compared to other structural materials like steel. Life cycle assessment studies* show that wood products are responsible for lower air and water pollution, and have a lighter carbon footprint than other commonly used building materials.

*American Wood Council: Environmental Product Declaration: North American Softwood Lumber

Southern Forest Products Association:

LCA Report: Treated Lumber vs. Composite Decking

LCA Report: Treated Lumber vs. Galvanized Steel

Western Red Cedar Lumber Association: Go Green – LCA

Building Tips for Pressure-Treated Wood Video Series

 

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Wood Wise: Building Planet- and People-Friendly Homes Watch Video

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Wood: The Go-To Choice for Your Outdoor Oasis Watch Video