What is the most sustainable wood?

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What is the most sustainable wood?

Asked by Littlewellreadhen

Based on all woods and years to be harvested.

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Harold Remlinger, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB's picture

The most sustainable wood is wood that is...

  • harvested from managed forests,
  • travels the shortest distance to the mill,
  • uses the least amount of energy to process, and
  • travels the shortest distance to the consumer.

Otherwise it's not sustainable.

There are many variables that play a part in making the determination of "most sustainable wood," and for each end user, the results will differ.

For more information:

Read "Which species of wood are the most sustainable?", a Q&A answered by J Neufeld.