Wood is a 100% renewable building product. When considered over a building’s lifetime – from harvest of raw materials through manufacturing, transportation, installation, use, maintenance and disposal or recycling – it performs better than concrete and steel in terms of embodied energy, air and water pollution, carbon footprint and global warming potential. Further, it is a natural insulator and can contribute to better air quality by minimizing the accumulation of dust and microbes.
More information is available on our website Build With Wood page.
Product information and certifications organized by product are available on our website.
Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Safety Data Sheets are available for all of our products to help people handle and use our products appropriately.
- SPF (Spuce/Pine/Fir) lumber (Canada)
- SYP (Southern Yello Pine) lumber (USA)
- MDF (Canada)
- Plywood (Canada)
- LVL (Canada)
- Pulp & Paper (Canada)
Life cycle assessment (LCA)
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a performance-based approach to assessing the impacts building material choices have on the environment. Through the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute (supported by FPInnovations, of which West Fraser is a member), cradle-to-grave life cycle analysis is available for our Canadian-produced solid wood products:
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are concise, standardized, independently verified reports on environmental performance. Data reported in an EPD is collected using life cycle assessment (LCA), an internationally standardized scientific methodology in compliance with ISO 14025 and ISO 21930 standards, in compliance with ISO 14025 and ISO 21930, and verified by Underwriters Laboratories Environment (ULE), an independent certification body.
The American Wood Council (AWC) and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) have developed the following North American wood product EPDs to provide industry average data for the following environmental metrics:
- Global warming potential;
- Acidification potential;
- Eutrophication potential;
- Ozone depletion potential;
- Smog potential;
- Primary energy consumption;
- Material resources consumption; and
- Non-hazardous waste generation.
Environmental Product Declarations and transparency reports are available for all of West Fraser’s solid wood products:
- Softwood plywood EPD
- Softwood plywood transparency report
- Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) EPD
- LVL transparency report
We are not aware of any health and safety incidents of noncompliance concerning our products.