American Hardwoods and their Role in Carbon Neutral Design
Learn about the science that surrounds American Hardwoods, the significant role they play in the environment and their importance as a sustainable building material.
Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU
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- Describe the difference between the physical characteristics of hardwood and softwood trees and identify a minimum of two species for each.
- 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.
- 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.
- List documented environmental attributes that identify American hardwoods as a comparatively favorable carbon neutral building material.
- Agree that specifying American hardwoods in the material selection process plays a significant role in carbon neutral design.