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Structural - Greater strength in proportion to its weight than many other materials.  Stable. Wood is durable.  Decay and insect attack can be prevented by keeping the wood dry and treating with preservatives.  Weathering can be significantly improved by painting.  Stave churches in Norway made of nondurable wood are over 800 years old.

Insulate - Nature's champion insulator. Wood’s honeycomb cell construction traps air.  A natural foam made up of tiny hollow cells.  Lower density woods have a better insulating value.

Aesthetically pleasing – Consistent. Wood has a natural hue, grain and dimensionality that can be accentuated with coatings to provide distinctive features that become focal points in construction.

Manufacturable - Easy to fabricate - any shape and size. Customizable. Low to no toxicity, it is a living product.

Available – Sustainable. The only truly renewable building resource. Wood is a completely renewable resource. Forest growth in the U.S. exceeded harvest by over 72% in 2006 (the most recent data).  Utilizing wood effectively stores large amounts of carbon dioxide.  The wood manufacturing process is very energy efficient compared to competing materials.  Wood is recyclable and efficiently utilized. Wood is the only material that is frequently requested to be certified as sustainably managed.  Certified Wood is available with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

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