AWC Recognizes High-Performance Building Week

Jun 14, 2010
Wood Products are an Essential Element for Green Building
WASHINGTON – The High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC), of which the American Wood Council (AWC) is a member, has designated June 13-19 as High-Performance Building Week. The week is an opportunity to highlight the importance of high-performance buildings to federal, state, and local policymakers and the general public. The extensive use of wood products in our buildings achieves the sustainability goals established for high-performance building. 

"Wood is among the most energy-efficient and environmentally benign of all building materials and is a vital part of any green building," said Robert Glowinski, President of AWC. "The American Wood Council and its members are committed to reducing the environmental impact of buildings by encouraging energy-efficient, environmentally responsible choices during the design and building process." 

Wood products and wood building materials store significant amounts of carbon sequestered from the atmosphere. According to the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM), it takes less energy to manufacture wood products than competing materials, and in turn fewer emissions are produced that contribute to global warming. In addition, wood products insulate and contribute to the overall energy performance of the building during its operation. 

During High-Performance Building Week, AWC will cosponsor a set of briefings for Members of Congress, their staff, and the high performance building advocacy community to address the economic, social, environmental and energy benefits of using wood products in green building. The briefings will also address opportunities that exist in government to promote the greater use of wood in green building. 

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