Engineered Wood Products

Engineered Wood Products
Engineered Wood Products - Roof Trusses

'Engineered Wood Products'. Unless you're a builder, or a contractor, or involved in the design or construction of structures in some other way, this term has probably never entered your vocabulary. What are engineered wood products, and why should you care?

Engineered wood products, also known as composite wood, manufactured board, or manmade wood, is any wood product derived by binding particles, fibers, or veneers of wood with adhesives to form a composite material. Picture a piece of plywood; that's an engineered wood product; cross-laminated wood veneer bonded under heat and pressure with adhesives.

In addition to plywood, many other materials used in home construction are made from engineered wood. These include laminated timber, headers, I-joists, beams, attic trusses, floor trusses, laminated beams, gluelam beams, studs, and more.

Why Engineered Wood Products are Better than Solid Wood

Since products manufactured with engineered wood are man-made, they can be engineered to precise design specifications, offering superior stability and greater structural strength than solid wood products of the same dimension. An engineered wood product won't bow or cup, twist or split like dimensional lumber.

Engineered Wood Products: Stronger, and More Efficient

Engineered Wood Products
Engineered Wood Products - Roof Trusses

In addition to the obvious advantage of being a stronger structural material for construction than solid wood, engineered wood products are also a more efficient use of a natural resource, wood.

Engineered wood products hold this environmental advantage over solid wood materials in several ways:

While no product made from wood can be 100% free of environmental concerns, engineered wood is a much more efficient use of resources. For a green home builder, there are some red flags to look out for to ensure the engineered wood products in the home are as environmentally friendly as possible.

Engineered Wood Products and the ETHOS Home

Since the goal of a green, ETHOS home is to have as little impact on the earth's natural resources as possible, and to provide a clean, healthy living environment, there are some things to consider when looking for engineered wood products.

Every home designed by Green Home Source follows the ETHOS guidelines for sustainability and efficiency. All engineered wood products in our ETHOS homes must meet the most stringent environmental guidelines possible, while at the same time giving your home the strength and durability that only engineered wood can provide.

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