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AHEC project demonstrates sustainability of US hardwoods
25th January 2016

AHEC project demonstrates sustainability of US hardwoods

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has launched a new interactive platform called ‘Grown in Seconds’ to illustrate the sustainability of American Hardwood.

Featuring extensive data gathered by the US Forest Service, the website shows how swiftly wood used for a variety of projects regrows naturally in American forests.

Supported by environmental consultants ThinkStep, AHEC aims to promote a better understanding of the true environmental benefits of using American Hardwoods in design and manufacture.

The platform, alongside the AHEC website, will provide environmentally concerned architects, developers and manufacturers useful information to help them select the most suitable materials for their projects.

In some instances the timber used in construction and design will have taken just seconds to grow such is the wealth of resource available. Examples shown on the site include a spectacular M.C. Esher-inspired staircase that would take just two minutes to replace, a design-savvy shed (a mere 14 seconds), a wooden workspace (five seconds), decking (25 seconds) and even a bespoke pencil sharpener (0.02 seconds).

Find out more here.