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Energy Efficient Wood

Facts & Figures on Energy Efficiency Wood

APA wood products consume far less energy compared to metal and petroleum-based products, creating a far smaller carbon footprint. Download APA’s Sustainable Buildings, Sustainable Future for more insights.  Wood products consume only four percent of the total energy needed to manufacture all industrial raw materials.

Compared to wood it takes:

  • 40 times more energy to produce aluminium
  • 24 times more energy for steel and glass
  • five times more to produce cement.

Wood is carbon neutral, with net carbon emissions are below zero.

  • Wood is a renewable, recyclable and biodegradable resource which can be made into a range of products that reduce waste by decreasing disposal costs and product damage.
  • Derived entirely from solar energy, wood fibre resource is a keystone in reducing global warming. Forests mitigate climate change by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in trees, soil and biomass.
  • The CO2 absorbed by growing forests and stored in trees and wood products offsets the energy required to harvest, process, transport and maintain those products over time. And quality, durable products made from wood continue to store the carbon for generations to come.
  • Young, growing trees absorb more carbon dioxide than older mature trees.
  • For every ton of wood grown, a young forest produces 1.07 tons of oxygen and absorbs 1.47 tons of carbon dioxide. As the forest matures, growth slows, and the absorption rate drops off.
  • Harvesting a mature forest sequesters the carbon in the wood, so it is not released into the atmosphere.
  • A 2,400-square-foot wood-frame house, for example, has 28.5 tons of carbon dioxide sequestered, roughly equivalent to seven years’ worth of emissions from a small, light-duty car.