Wood products make up 47% of all industrial raw materials manufactured in the United States, yet consume only 4% of the total energy needed to manufacture all industrial raw materials.
Simply put, manufacturing with wood is energy efficient. Compare the amount of energy it takes to produce one ton of cement, glass, steel, or aluminum to one ton of wood:
- 126 times more energy for one ton of cement
- 24 times more energy for one ton of glass
- 14 times more energy for one ton of steel
- 5 times more energy for one ton of aluminum
Wood's manufacturing process alone makes it the environmentally friendly choice in building materials. Bark and wood residuals are utilized as the primary source of energy at production facilities, supplying more than 50% of the energy needed to make wood products.