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Materials Matter: Measuring the Environmental Footprint of Wood Concrete & Steel

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This article will address through research and facts, the overt differences between three common building materials - wood, steeland concrete - in terms of their environmental footprint at several stages of the life cycle process, including raw resource ext raction, manufacturing, and transportation. The materials will also be discussed in terms of responsible procurement, sustainabili ty and community issues.


  • Discuss the life cycle costs of wood, concrete, and steel.
  • Explain recyclability vs. renewability for each material.
  • Describe responsible procurement.
  • Explain the advances each industry is making toward sustainability.
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CE Hours 1.0
AIA/CES (LU) 1.0