Wood Sector Commits To Sustainable Building

The popularity of exposed wood as a construction material has seen a recent resurgence for those seeking a rustic appearance at their home or business. However, it almost goes without saying that the “rustic” theme they seek has its roots within log cabins and other primitive structures. That gives us hundreds of years’ worth of wood-based construction practices on the books, with some of the earliest industrial applications including the coating of telephone poles or railroad ties with preservatives. Time would tell that some of the chemicals we were using to extend lifespans weren’t all that good for us nor the environment, but we’ll have more on that later.

Given these concerns, I am encouraged by entities such as “rethink Wood,” which is made up of softwood lumber companies. The consortium is keeping a close eye on durability, fire safety and sustainability when it comes to construction. According to an October 2017 press release from the organization, members are taking the global impact of wood harvesting quite seriously. “It’s important to make advancements in wood buildings because we need more sustainable building materials – and more building systems that can build density in our cities in a sustainable fashion,” architect Joe Mayo said in the press release.

About the Author:

Todd Shupe is the President of DrToddShupe.com and is a well recognized expert on wood-based housing and wood science.  Shupe worked as a  professor and lab director at LSU for over 20 years. He is active in several ministries including his Christian blog ToddShupe.com. Todd is the Secretary of the Baton Rouge District of United Methodist Men, Database Coordinator for Gulf South Men, and volunteer for the Walk to Emmaus, Grace Camp, Iron Sharpens Iron, Open Air Ministries, HOPE Ministries food pantry. Todd is currently preparing to be a Men’s Ministry Specialist through the General Commission of United Methodist Men.