Council Offers Podcast on Carbon-Neutral Hardwoods

Sept. 2, 2009

PITTSBURGH – A 24-minute podcast offered by the Hardwood Council—packing a powerful message for eco-minded architects, designers and builders hungry for information on the green building movement—is now available for download at

The podcast is a shortened version of a Council-sponsored seminar presented to the specifying community at CONSTRUCT 2009 in Indianapolis and is based upon the Hardwood Council’s latest AIA-approved Continuing Education Unit.

Titled Smart Specification of American Hardwoods and their Future Role in Carbon-Neutral Buildings, the presentation defines carbon neutrality; explores how American hardwoods naturally offset global warming; provides insight into the valuable role hardwoods play in carbon-neutral construction; and puts to rest concerns surrounding sustainability and responsible forest management. 

Why is this important? 

It is estimated that over the next 25 years, carbon dioxide emissions in the building sector will grow faster than any other sector, with commercial buildings having the fastest emissions growth rate. Responsible specifiers, heeding the urgent call for carbon neutral structures, can do their part. Because hardwood is carbon neutral, incorporating more hardwood into their designs will make a significant difference in the structure’s carbon footprint.

Martha Carlson, timberland owner, conservationist and University of New Hampshire educator, presented the information. The message is clear: Hardwood is the quintessential “green” material. It is carbon neutral and carbon-neutral structures will indeed reduce our environmental footprint. For specifiers desiring to play an active part in the green building movement, where and whenever possible, hardwood should be “the” material of choice.

Founded in 1993, the Hardwood Council is a coalition of nine hardwood lumber and product associations, along with companies and individuals interested in promoting the use of North American hardwoods. To experience the Hardwood Council’s podcast, visit

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