Small, Fast Growing Trees and Less Waste Means Better Use of Natural Resources
Beyond utilizing wood, which is one of nature's most renewable resources, our manufacturing process uses small, fast-growing trees to lessen the environmental impact compared to a plywood product that requires the harvesting of older-growth trees. We also strive to use local wood whenever possible with most of the trees we use coming from within 150 miles of our manufacturing locations.
The management of resources goes farther than what goes into each of our products, the little amount of waste material that is produced during the manufacturing of our product is used to help power our manufacturing facilities. We are constantly striving to make our manufacturing process more efficient through ongoing Business Process Improvement initiatives.
OSB Production is an Efficient Use of Materials
Because the process of making oriented strand board (OSB) panels uses small flakes more of the tree is able to be utilized. OSB panels are engineered with multiple layered mats that are cross-aligned strands that become interweaved under the heat and pressure of the formation process. This process results in a structurally engineered wood panel that is stronger and has no gaps or voids in the panels.
For more information visit the OSB Guide to find out more about the manufacturing of OSB.
Trees are one of the most renewable and easy to manage resources on the planet. Utilizing wood in construction actually requires less energy than many of the alternatives. When compared to concrete and steel alternatives, OSB production uses less energy during production.
Replenishment of Forests
Forest growth in the U.S. has exceeded the harvest since the 1940's. The United States today has greater forestry coverage than it did in 1920. American landowners and the forestry products industry are aware of the benefits of responsible management of the forests as a "cash crop" that does more for the environment than many other typical, crops planted by farmers.