“… steel and concrete require enormous amounts of energy resulting in CO2 into the atmosphere, whereas,
all the carbon in wood used in a structure is negative for as long as the wood lasts.” Mark Knabe, USFS Forest Products Lab
WUW lumber is produced in Wisconsin from local trees where diverse species offer exquisite character unavailable in traditionally produced lumber. A sustainable resource, urban wood is made from required tree removals which are outpaced by annual tree plantings. The wood has a natural artisanal quality and is likened to Italian marble for its range of characteristics–each board is distinct. WUW suppliers are local and handle production and lot selection processes individually. These factors make urban wood distinctive and require early communication between design professionals and urban wood suppliers. Motivated architects are essential to promoting the use of urban wood and should include general contractors in the earliest stages of planning to ensure a complete understanding and use of the product from design to project completion.
• Wisconsin Urban Wood is sustainable • Benefits local businesses and their communities • Uses resources that are otherwise wasted