American Hardwoods and their Role in Carbon Neutral Design

American Hardwood

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the difference between the physical characteristics of hardwood and softwood trees and identify a minimum of two species for each.
  2. Identify the preferred harvesting method used in responsible forest management of American hardwoods and cite a minimum of two of its positive effects in sustainable timber production and the forest eco-system.
  3. Explain the key points of the carbon cycle as it relates to hardwoods’ impact on the environment through its entire life-cycle process, from healthy forests to finished products.
  4. List documented environmental attributes that identify American hardwoods as a comparatively favorable carbon neutral building material.
  5. Agree that specifying American hardwoods in the material selection process plays a significant role in carbon neutral design

American Hardwoods and their Role in Carbon Neutral Design

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Learn about the science surrounding hardwoods, the significant role of wood in the environment and how to integrate it into sustainable building design.

Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU

Length: 1h

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Product Description

This course begins with a look at Hardwoods’ basics. It then presents the science surrounding hardwoods; the significant role they play in the environment and finally, as a material choice, discusses their importance in sustainable building. At the conclusion of the session attendees can be confident knowing that when they choose North American hardwoods, they are selecting a quintessentially green material that is ever-renewing, abundant and sustainable.

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