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A Natural Choice How Wood Contributes to Sustainability's Triple Bottom Line

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Advantage: WoodHow wood is contributing to sustainability#s triple bottom line While sustainable practices and techno logies are constantly evolving and may differ from region to region, certain areas of focus are widely accepted as being fundamental to susta inable building: siting and structural design; energy efficiency; materials efficiency; indoor environmental quality; opera tions and maintenance; and waste reduction. After considering various definitions of sustainability, this article will focus on mate ria ls efficiency and examine the relevance of wood to sustainable design in the context of environmental, social and economic factor s. As the most forward-looking building philosophies allow a range of options, the article will also discuss how innovative design er s are finding creative solutions for improved environmental performance.


  • Describe accepted definitions of sustainability.
  • Discuss ways in which wood contributes to sustainable design.
  • Explain the trends behind the increased use of wood as an environmentally-sound building material.
  • Evaluate the impact of building rating systems and codes on environmentally sound design.

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