Four Fast Facts

How Do Trees Impact Commercial Buildings

Both trees and the shade they provide play an important role in accurate site surveys and energy audits. We’ve decided to honor Arbor Day by focusing on the relationship between trees and buildings in today’s edition of Four Fast Facts from Fast Site Survey!

  • A multifamily building with 10 average-sized units takes approximately 400-450 trees to construct

  • Trees save Americans about $2 billion in energy bills annually due to theirweather-moderating effects (shade / windbreaks) on buildings

  • Cross-laminated timber (wood that is stacked in orthogonal layers then glued and pressed together) allows commercial builders to utilize lumber to construct buildings up to 12 stories tall

  • A trend of adding trees to the tops of large commercial buildings has proven to reduce energy usage in those structures by 20%