Redwood Decks: Natural, Strong, Sustainable


June 9, 2014

For most homeowners, a deck is not just a deck; it is an extension of what makes a house a home; a place to retreat to after a long, work-filled week and a place to unite with family and friends. With a trend toward renewable and sustainable building materials, redwood decks are gaining in popularity. Eco News Network offers some thoughts on why a redwood deck could be the right choice for you as part of our Eco Home Series.

There are lots of options for deck materials including composites, plastics, and wood. Selecting the right material for your deck is a big part of creating the right atmosphere for relaxation. So what makes a redwood deck a sustainable choice?

The California Redwood Association (CRA) commissioned a life-cycle assessment to demonstrate that redwood may be the most environmentally friendly building material available. This scientific technique is a way to quantify the environmental footprint of producing and consuming products we use in our everyday life.

The result? According to the CRA’s life-cycle assessment, redwood may be considered one of the most environmentally responsible building materials available.

Here’s a few reasons from the CRA about why a redwood deck is the renewable choice:
296_forest• Commercial redwood trees are grown and harvested under the most stringent forestry regulations in the world on private commercial lands zoned specifically for timber production. Each year, more redwood is grown than is harvested.
• Growing redwood uses nothing more than the energy from the sun.
• There are more than 100,000 acres of non-commercial redwood trees that are protected in perpetuity on more than 100,000 acres of parks and preserves.
• When redwood lumber is milled into decking and other products, the bark, sawdust and scrapings are collected and used to produce clean energy. Sawmills use this biomass energy to power their operations and add excess electricity to the state’s power grid.
• As they grow, redwood trees take carbon out of the air and store it in the wood fiber–a redwood deck can store more than a half-ton of carbon lowering levels in the air.

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Photos courtesy of the California Redwood Assoc.

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