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By Duane Schantz
For many building designers, the choice of wood as a structural material is driven by price. Wood is cost effective—in terms of materials, speed of construction and design flexibility—while meeting code requirements for safety and performance in a wide range of building types. However, as green building has evolved beyond its initial emphasis on operational energy efficiency, it has become increasingly clear that, in addition to cost, there are compelling environmental reasons to choose wood.