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American Hardwoods and Their Role in Carbon Neutral Design

This course earns one AIA Health-Safety-Welfare Learning Unit hour and is conducted by AIA/CES registered presenters. Contact the American Hardwood Information Center to schedule a Lunch & Learn session near you.

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At the completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • 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.