Trees clean the air we breathe by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, storing the carbon in their wood, roots, leaves or needles and surrounding soil, and releasing the oxygen back into the atmosphere. Young, vigorously growing trees absorb the most carbon dioxide, with the rate slowing as they reach maturity.

When trees start to decay or when forests succumb to wildfire, insects or disease, the stored carbon is released back into the atmosphere. However, when trees are harvested and manufactured into forest products, the products continue to store much of the carbon. In the case of wood buildings, this carbon is kept out of the atmosphere for the lifetime of the structure—or longer if the wood is reclaimed and manufactured into other products.

In any of these cases, the carbon cycle begins again as the forest is regenerated, either naturally or by planting, and young seedlings once again begin absorbing carbon.

Manufacturing wood into products requires far less energy than other materials, and very little fossil fuel energy. Most of the energy that is used comes from converting residual bark and sawdust to electrical and thermal energy, adding to wood’s light carbon footprint. This is particularly interesting to policymakers and design professionals alike. They realise the positive impact forests and forest products have on greenhouse gases.

Wood from British Columbia (B.C.), Canada is procured from sustainably managed forests and third-party certified to forest certification standards such as PEFC / FSC, assuring Indian customers of its environmental credentials.

Life-cycle assessment of wood (LCA)

The process of a building’s life cycle includes the harvest of raw material, manufacturing, transportation, installation, maintenance, and disposal of the same.

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a powerful performance-based tool to help gauge the impacts of building materials on the environment. It is now incorporated into many green building standards worldwide.


When compared to other popular construction materials used in urban spaces today, steel and concrete for example, wood emerges as the clear winner. This is in terms of embodied energy, air and water pollution, carbon footprint, and global warming potential. Wood has a lighter carbon footprint than other common building materials and is much less ‘greenhouse gas intensive’ on a life cycle basis. It is also the only truly sustainable resource with third party certifications in place to verify that the products have come from a sustainably managed source. Wood also produces the least amount of solid waste and is therefore the ideal material in which to invest for construction purposes.

A quick comparison of the Life Cycle Assessment of different materials shows wood as the material of choice for a better environment. With attention turning to sustainable design and LCA-based tools that identify the lowest impact alternatives, more designers will become familiar with the environmental advantages of wood, and wood products will be a building material of choice for a growing range of applications.

NEWS & MEDIA

INDIA LAUNCHES ITS NATIONAL FOREST CERTIFICATION SYSTEM! PEFC|January 31, 2018 CANADIAN WOOD PRESENTS WOOD IS GOOD DESIGN COMPETITION 2017 Inside Outside|November 16, 2017 GO SUSTAINABLE WITH CANADIAN WOOD The Inside Track|October 26, 2017 CREATIVE ENDEAVOR WITH CANADIAN WOOD Society Interiors|August 15, 2017
SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY CHANGES CONVERSATION ABOUT WOOD Wood News|April 30, 2017 FURNITURE MANUFACTURERS ARE STEADILY CHOOSING LUMBER OVER LOGS Home Review|March 29, 2017 ADVANCED USES OF WOOD AS A STRUCTURAL ELEMENT Architectural Digest|March 3, 2017 TIMBER AND LOGS IMPORT: AN OVERVIEW The Ply Reporter|March 1, 2017
WORLD LEADER AND LARGEST EXPORTER OF SUSTAINABLE FOREST PRODUCTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (B.C.) Architecture + Design|January 31, 2017 4TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS FOR CANADIAN WOOD IN INDIA Inside Track|December 12, 2016 NEWS ITEM ON BROCK COMMONS - WORLD'S TALLEST WOOD BUILDING Wood News|December 9, 2016 CANADIAN WOOD AT WOODEX ASIA, 2016 Woodex Asia|December 9, 2016
FII 4TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MIN MICHAEL DE JONG Wood News|December 6, 2016 INDIA-SUITED SPECIES GENERATE INTEREST IN CHENNAI Wood News|December 1, 2016 FII CELEBRATES FOURTH ANNIVERSARY IN INDIA Architects and Interiors India|December 1, 2016 ENHANCE THE LOOK OF YOUR OFFICE WITH CANADIAN WOOD Home Review|November 7, 2016
YELLOW CEDAR WAS FEATURED IN THE DOORS & WINDOWS FEATURE Architects and Interiors India|November 1, 2016 HOW TO GET YOUR HOME FESTIVE-READY Architectural Digest|October 28, 2016 WOODSIDE STORY Hindu Business Line|October 4, 2016 MINISTER CARR'S VISIT TO INDIA (COVER STORY) WoodNews Magazine|September 28, 2016
FII SEMINAR - KOCHI WoodNews Magazine|September 28, 2016 SUSTAINING LIFE Property Expert|May 16, 2016 DEMAND FOR SUSTAINABLE WOOD GROWS IN HOUSING 99acres|April 21, 2016 WEST VANCOUVER AQUATIC CENTER: WHERE WOOD MEETS SUSTAINABILITY Project Vendor|April 11, 2016
CANADIAN WOOD GOES TO RAJASTHAN Wood News|March 31, 2016 CANADA'S WOOD AND FOREST PRODUCTS TRADE DELEGATION VISITS INDIA TO EXPAND THE WOOD TRADE Ply Gazette|February 1, 2016 COVER STORY INDIAWOOD 2016 - 'SOFTWOODS' ARE PERFECT FIT FOR ARCHITECTS Wood News|January 31, 2016 COVER STORY INDIAWOOD 2016 - WESTERN RED CEDAR IN ALL ITS GLORY Wood News|January 31, 2016
A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTOIN Inside Track Magazine|January 30, 2016 DESIGNING WITH CANADIAN WOOD SEMINAR PROVIDES ARCHITECTS & MANUFACTURERS A FRESH PERSPECTIVE Green Construction + Design|January 30, 2016 FII INDIA HOSTED A NETWORKING MEET FOR B.C. MINISTER MICHAEL DE JONG WITH WOODWORKING PROFESSIONALS Architecture Update|January 15, 2016 CERTIFIED CANADIAN WOOD SHOWCASED AT GREEN BUILDING CONGRESS 2015 Ply Gazette|January 8, 2016
CANADIAN WOOD ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES Architecture Update|January 1, 2016 MEET IN MUMBAI TO EXPLORE POSSIBILITIES WITH CANADIAN WOOD Construction Architecture|December 30, 2015 CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DNA Property|December 26, 2015 KNOCK KNOCK: ALL ABOUT WOODEN ENTRY DOORS Window and Facade|December 16, 2015
BC SPECIES IMPRESS MUMBAI ARTISANS Wood News|December 11, 2015 EARTH SCIENCES BUILDING UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Green Construction + Design|November 28, 2015 DYNAMICS OF CANADIAN WOODS Interiors and Decor|November 11, 2015 CANADIAN WOOD MAKES ITS MARK Wood News|November 11, 2015
OPEN TO TECHNOLOGY Architect and Interiors India|November 1, 2015 CASE STUDY: EARTH SCIENCES BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Buildotech|October 28, 2015 SMART IDEAS DNA Property|October 24, 2015 BEWITCHING BEAUTY Wood News|October 16, 2015
CANADIAN WOOD ENSURES SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION Construction Times|September 28, 2015 CANADIAN WOOD Home Review|September 22, 2015 BRITISH COLUMBIA AGENCY SEEKS TO PROMOTE FOREST WOOD IN INDIA Hindu Business Line|September 3, 2015 GLOBAL BUYERS MISSION 2015 - ONE OF THE LARGEST WOOD & WOODWORKING EXHIBITIONS TO BE HELD IN CANADA Modern Woodwork|August 3, 2015
WOODWORKING PROFESSIONALS MEET TO EXPLORE THE EXCITING POSSIBILITIES WITH CANADIAN WOOD Lakda Udyog Darshan|July 8, 2015 ADD BEAUTY AND ELEGANCE TO YOUR HOME WITH YELLOW-CEDAR Wood News|May 1, 2015 SUSTAINABLE WOOD IS FOR A LIFETIME...AND MORE Financial Chronicle|April 2, 2015 A TRULY VERSATILE MATERIAL DNA Property|March 21, 2015
CANADIAN WOOD: WESTERN RED CEDAR Home Review|February 2, 2015 CONSERVING NATURE Design Matrix|December 1, 2014 CANADIAN WOOD UNVEILS ITS NEW DISPLAY CENTRE TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE... Interior Updates|December 1, 2014 WESTERN HEMLOCK: VERSATILE & ELAN WAY OF MAKING YOUR HOME STYLISH Interiors and Decor|November 1, 2014
CANADIAN WOOD OPENS AN EXCLUSIVE AUDIO-VISUAL DISPLAY CENTRE IN MUMBAI Ply Gazette|November 1, 2014 MAT-VANTAGE Construction Opportunities|November 1, 2014 WOOD FINISH Ideal Home and Garden|October 1, 2014 CANADIAN WOOD Domus|October 1, 2014
WOOD - THE CONNOISSEURS OF FINE LIVING Architecture Update|October 1, 2014 COMBINE STRENGTH WITH STYLE DNA Property|September 13, 2014 IN CANADA, THREE TREES ARE PLANTED FOR EVERY SINGLE TREE FELLED The Hindu Habitat|September 6, 2014 TIMBER AND LOGS IMPORT: AN OVERVIEW The Ply Reporter|March 1, 2017

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