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A Guide to Wood as a Sustainable Material

D. Allen Hughes, PE

Few building materials possess the environmental benefits of wood. It is not only our most widely used building material but also one with characteristics that make it suitable for a wide range of applications. Efficient, durable, and useful wood products produced from trees can range from a minimally processed log at a log-home building site to a highly processed and highly engineered wood composite which is manufactured in a large production facility.

One of the greatest attributes of wood is that it is a renewable resource. If sustainable forest management and harvesting practices are followed, our wood resource will be available indefinitely. This course provides an introduction to wood as a sustainable raw material, types of forest certification programs, and a broad glossary of wood product terminology.

The content of this course is “Wood as a Sustainable Material” which is part of the “Wood Handbook” by the USDA Forestry Service.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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