The decentralized, locally-sourced manufacturing process promotes a “zero-waste” production chain – when making I Wood components, licensed woodworkers keep all waste material to be transformed into useful by-products. For example, sawdust is turned into wood pellets, who are then turned into energy or heat. Moreover, cutting or milling the grooves actually creates enough fiber to produce a ten-year supply of daily newspapers for that home being built... If you imagine the pile of newspapers obtained by the end of ten years, you can see the magnitude of the savings.
The building process also promotes a “zero-waste” mentality, as nothing is left on the job site, except a little recyclable packaging. Because the job site requires very few hand tools, even the waste of electricity is kept to a minimum.
Considering the significant amount of waste material generated by conventional building methods, particularly on large-scale construction sites, the “zero-waste” thinking can evolve to become “negative-waste” thinking. Given access to the wasted materials of a construction site, an I Wood developer can re-use wood and other components that would otherwise be thrown away, and integrate them into I Wood's innovative “zero-waste” production and building methods.