From watering the grass in the front yard to replacing shingles on the roof, the modern home isn’t exactly resource-friendly. It takes a lot of products to keep a home in good condition. Unless you want to deal with deterioration, there are few routes available except to fix the hole in your roof, chipped paint on your walls and floors that are wearing out. Fixing these defects often means going to the local hardware and home goods store and purchasing products that were likely built out of finite resources harvested from the earth.
However, the construction process is one of the few times that new homeowners can have a say on what’s going into their home and how it will affect the environment later on down the line. This area of focus has long been of considerable interest to me.
Treated wood is an important weapon in maintaining your most important financial interest – your house. Today’s wood preservatives are environmentally friendly and help consumers achieve a green housing solution. An integrated pest management (IPM) program is the best approach and uses proper building practices, treated wood, and safe insecticides. Below are a few tips that today’s consumers facilitate sound building practices and ensure that they are building the most “green” home possible.
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Dr. Todd Shupe is the President of Wood Science Consulting, LLC. He is a well-recognized expert on wood forensics, wood preservation, wood decay and degradation, and wood species identification. He has a broad background in new product development, quality management, and marketing and sales in both the public and private sectors. For more information please visit DrToddShupe.com.
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