PITTSBURGH – For design/build professionals concerned about the environment and seeking information regarding environmentally-friendly building products, good news! Now available from the Hardwood Council, and literally at your fingertips, a reference document entitled, “Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change & U.S. Hardwoods.” The new resource discusses the role our forests play in reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and addresses how building products made from hardwoods demonstrate the least negative environmental impact.

From the document, some interesting “Did you know” facts:
* Trees are carbon neutral and the work that they do reduces greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
* Trees absorb carbon dioxide; separate the carbon and oxygen atoms; use some of the carbon to grow roots, trunk, branches and leaves; then stores or sequesters the unused carbon for the life of the tree or the products made thereof.
* It takes less energy to make products from wood than other materials.
* Every part of a log is used as lumber or a wood by-product and finished hardwood products are re-useable, recyclable and biodegradable.

Founded in 1993, the Hardwood Council is a hardwood industry coalition interested in promoting the increased use of North American hardwood flooring, paneling, furniture, cabinetry and decorative millwork to all design/build professionals and students. Visit the website to download this reference document and to learn more about incorporating North American hardwoods into your designs.

Source: The Hardwood Council

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