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Life-cycle assessment (LCA) studies indicate that wood outperforms fossil fuel-intensive materials such as steel and concrete on all measures, including embodied energy; air and water pollution; and global warming. Small diameter round-timer is 50 percent stronger than heavy milled timber and as strong as steel, according to the USDA Forest Products Laboratory. Wood structures also have lower, more stable material and construction costs than steel or concrete.
According to Baxter, WholeTrees offers solutions to internationally relevant issues such as sustainable forestry, climate stabilization and habitat restoration. WholeTrees products store carbon while displacing the pollution and carbon from the use of steel and concrete. Well-managed forests increase the up-take of carbon and can diversify forest habitats.