Sustainable wood comes from responsibly-managed forests that are continuously replenished. Sustainable wood production provides high-quality timber without depleting the source and with care taken to protect biodiversity and ecological processes.
As more and more consumers prioritize eco-friendly choices, the demand for sustainable construction materials is on the rise—and wood remains the go-to for an unmatched combination of quality, aesthetic value, and sustainability.
Still deciding which direction to go in for your next major design project? Here are five compelling reasons to choose a wood panel wall or ceiling system made with sustainable wood.
Sustainable Wood is Environmentally Friendly
Wood is a renewable resource, but only when it’s carefully managed. Without a focus on sustainability, wood production can lead to deforestation and biodiversity loss while contributing to climate change.
Sustainable wood, on the other hand, comes from forests that are managed responsibly. This involves maintaining forests that continuously provide high-quality habitat and carbon sequestration while simultaneously yielding valuable timber harvests. ‘
To receive guidance and communicate their efforts to customers, many wood producers work with third-party certifiers like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®).
By choosing sustainably sourced wood products, you support responsible forestry practices such as continuous replanting, selective logging, and the preservation of valuable older trees. Sustainable wood production helps protect biodiversity while reducing the demand on non-renewable resources. Additionally, many sustainable wood suppliers participate in conservation programs that aim to protect and manage high-value forests.
Sustainable Wood Is Durable and Long-lasting
Sustainably-sourced woods tend to be of superior quality. This is because responsible forestry practices lead to the healthy growth of trees, resulting in excellent timber quality. Furthermore, sustainable producers only work with the very best tree species—those with the best performance characteristics as well as natural resistance to insects, rot, and decay.
Using high-quality sustainable woods means less maintenance and a longer lifespan for your wood panel wall system. These long-lasting wood products are cost-friendly for customers while further reducing the wood’s environmental impacts.
Sustainable Woods Are Beautiful and Versatile
Wood has always been admired for its ability to add beauty and warmth to a space. Every piece of wood is unique, offering beautiful hues, interesting grain patterns, and distinct markings. Compared to other common building materials, wood is much more varied and complex.
Sustainable wood is also a versatile material that fits a range of architectural styles. Wood panels are highly customizable—the wood type, the finish, and the design style all present a host of options. Whether you’re aiming for a rustic, traditional, or modern look, there’s a wood panel style to match the aesthetic.
Sustainable Wood Supports Healthy Indoor Air Quality
Many building materials, such as synthetic fabrics, release harmful chemicals like volatile organic compounds (VOCs), harming indoor air quality. A buildup of VOCs may lead to harmful health effects, such as short-term irritations or long-term disease risks.
Other building materials, such as concrete, trap humidity. This may contribute to the growth of mold and mildew.
Meanwhile, sustainable woods effectively absorb and emit moisture, helping to regulate indoor humidity levels while emitting no harmful chemicals. Thanks to these advantages, wood panels are a top choice for buildings used by children, individuals with respiratory conditions, or anyone who prioritizes indoor air quality.
Get Sustainable Wood Ceiling and Wall Systems for Your Commercial Space
At Rulon International, we use sustainable woods to bring spectacular design visions to life. Our sustainability and human health priorities include:
- The use of recycled content and sustainably-harvested wood
- No added formaldehyde
- Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) mix credit solid wood, veneer, and cores
- Indoor Advantage GOLD certification
Schedule a discovery call with one of our sales representatives today to discuss a wood panel wall or ceiling solution for your next project.