SFI-certified wood is a good choice for construction and renovations because it is a sustainable, natural, and renewable resource. The SFI label means the forest the wood comes from is managed sustainably to ensure many benefits, like mitigating climate change. SFI is also implementing a new Climate Smart Forestry Objective that will require SFI-certified organizations to ensure forest management activities address climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.
Building with wood has environmental and economic benefits. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, sequestering and storing carbon while producing oxygen—this reduces greenhouse gases and improves air quality. The benefits of building with wood also include conserving water, ensuring biodiversity, and supporting sustainable jobs in rural areas.
The U.S. Green Building Council recognizes SFI-certified wood. This means using SFI-certified wood can earn points in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.