What Makes Wood “Green?”

It seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it?  But according to the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council), there are important criteria to consider.

Wood is considered “green” because:

Wood is highly durable

Wood is degradable

Wood has a low energy debt because little energy is expended in the manufacturing process

Recovered and salvaged wood is widely available and should be used

The best woods are from close-grained, highly durable woods, including heartwood redwood, western red cedar and cypress.  Low-emitting sealants and paints should be used to reduce negative impacts on the environment.


Wilder Wheelright is an East Coast native currently residing on the Central Coast of California. He is an experienced real estate broker, writer, and has a strong commitment to preserving and improving our environment.