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.