As a leading manufacturer of engineered wood products, we do our best to ensure that our environmental impact is as negligible as possible.

Wood is renewable, sustainable, recyclable, durable, and biodegradable

Wood Is Good

From its high insulation value to the air-cleaning capabilities of young growth trees, the beauty of wood transcends what it looks like to what it does. And what it does is not just good. It’s amazing.


Wood is renewable, sustainable, recyclable, durable, and biodegradable. As the industry leader in pressure-treated wood, Universal Forest Products is proud to offer ProWood®, the first wood preservative to be Environmentally Preferable Product certified by Scientific Certification Systems.

Strong Insulation Value

As an insulator, wood is four times more efficient than an equivalent thickness of cinder block; six times more efficient than brick; 15 times more efficient than concrete, 206 times more efficient than steel, and 1,770 times more efficient than aluminum.

In Ample Supply

The U.S. has far more trees today than it did in the 1920s – even though the population has increased by 143%; 97% of all homes are framed with wood and wood products, and use of wood per capita in North America exceeds any place else in the world.

Wood Products Save Petroleum

Using pressure-treated wood instead of steel, concrete, or plastic saves as much as 32 million barrels of petroleum each year.

Manufacturing Processes Use Less Energy

Wood products make up 47% of all industrial raw material manufactured in the U.S., yet consume only 4% of the energy needed to do that. Comparing total energy costs of other building materials – the costs to acquire the raw material, transport it, process it into a useful product and then use it – wood outshines its competitors. For example, steel wall studs require almost nine times more energy to produce than wood studs.

Wood Products Help Provide Cleaner Air and Reduce Global Warming

Young-growth trees remove millions of tons of carbon each year, which helps reduce the potentially disastrous impacts of global warming.

Life-cycle Analysis Shows Advantages

Environmentalists use life-cycle analysis to measure the environmental impact of a product. The life-cycle analysis of pressure-treated wood shows that it’s environmentally superior because it uses renewable resources and recycled material, requires little energy to produce and distribute, and produces little waste.

Universal Forest Products is a holding company that provides capital, management and administrative resources to subsidiaries in three robust markets: retail, construction and industrial. Founded in 1955, the Company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with affiliates throughout North America and Australia.