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European Beech: Durable, Sustainable, and Versatile

Format On Demand: Online
Offered by AEC Daily Corporation
Category Materials and resources

Discuses the benefits of using more wood, not less, to lower carbon emissions and tackle climate change, and identifies what sustainable hardwood species are the most abundant and where some of the best managed, certified hardwood forests are located. The physical and performance properties of European Beech are compared to eight other temperate hardwoods.

No prerequisite knowledge is required.


Identify ten available and sustainable temperate hardwood species and the percentage of the hardwood forest they represent in the World

Define which temperate hardwoods are the most durable, machinable, color-uniform, finish-able, and affordable

List and describe a wide range of interior applications where hardwoods could and should be used over high carbon producing, non sustainable products, like plastic, aluminum, steel, concrete, and synthetic materials

Describe key environmental benefits of using more hardwoods over other building materials

Compare the carbon footprint of hardwoods to other materials used in all types of interior environments, and

Name two major forest certification systems and the percentage each represents of the total certified sustainable forested area in the World.

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