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Environmental Benefits of Preserved Wood

Preserved Wood Environmental Benefits

Preserved wood offers many environmental benefits compared to alternative materials. It is the only construction material made from a sustainable, renewable resource and the application of preservatives extends the natural life of the wood from years to decades.

Assessing the environmental benefits of any building product requires a more systematic, science-based approach rather than the subjective and sometimes misleading claims that are often promoted. The preserved wood industry commissioned a series of assessments using internationally recognized life cycle science to provide an objective basis to determine environmental benefits.

Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs)

The process of conducting a Life Cycle Assessment considers the full cradle-to-grave perspective on a product. The LCAs for preserved wood products shown below were done according to ISO 14044 standards and have been subject to scientific peer review to confirm the results.


LCA ACQL Summary - LCA of ACQ Wood Decking vs. Wood Plastic Composite Decking
Executive summary of a life cycle assessment detailing the environmental impacts of ACQ-treated lumber decking compared to wood plastic composite decking.
6 pages, 05/12

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LCA Borate Summary - LCA of Borate-Treated Lumber Framing vs. Galvanized Steel Framing
Executive summary of a life cycle assessment detailing the environmental impacts of borate-treated framing lumber compared to galvanized steel framing.
6 pages, 05/12

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LCA CCA Marine Piling Summary - LCA of Wood Marine Pilings
Executive summary of a life cycle assessment detailing the environmental impacts of wood marine pilings compared to concrete, galvanized steel and plastic marine pilings.
6 pages, 11/12

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LCA Guard rail Summary - LCA of Highway Guard Rail Posts
Executive summary of a life cycle assessment detailing the environmental impacts of CCA-treated highway guard rail posts compared to galvanized steel posts.
6 pages, 02/13

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LCA Ties Summary - LCA of Railroad Ties
Executive summary of a life cycle assessment detailing the environmental impacts of Creosote-treated railroad ties compared to concrete and plastic rail ties.
7 pages, 04/13

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