The Eco-Friendly Fence System
Trex Eco-Friendly Fencing Contributes LEED Green Building Points
- 95% recycled content
- Why this is important: As the largest producer of wood-plastic composite (WPC) materials, Trex accounts for the acquisition of the highest quantity of reclaimed waste material used in WPC products. Trex’s leadership in the fencing and decking industry is allowing it to rapidly gain on wood as the primary material in that space. That means fewer trees are being consumed unnecessarily each year and less discarded plastic is ending up in the environment.
- Green sourcing and manufacturing
- Why this is important: One of the easiest ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to reduce the number of miles that trucks haul materials. Trex’s primary manufacturing facilities are located near geographical areas that have large quantities of raw source materials. This supply chain sustainability accounts for the materials used in the majority of all Trex products. Additionally, the manufacturing facilities use methods to reduce energy consumption and eliminate almost all factory waste through reclamation.
- Corporate philosophy and governance
- Why this is important: Everything about Trex has an eye on environmental sustainability. This includes utilizing Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing methods in plant operations, communicating environmental policies within the Trex employee base, and promoting green principles through corporate stewardship. See a detailed report from Trex regarding sustainability.
- No painting or staining required
- Why this is important: Manufacturing paint or stain (and sealers, if desired) and applying the products at job sites requires energy and produces environmental waste. Trex eliminates the need for the consumption of these products because the fencing is manufactured with a pigmentation process that facilitates color retention throughout the life of the material. Since the wood fiber in Trex is bonded with the plastic elements of the product, Trex also does not require sealing the surface to protect against degrading that naturally occurs with wood.
- High wind load capabilities
- Why this is important: The density and strength of Trex composites reduces the possibility of damage, which means fewer resources are used to produce replacement materials.
- Long life-expectancy
- Why this is important: In the anticipated lifetime of a Trex fence, a property owner can expect to replace a wood fence twice and possibly three times. That not only means a lot of trees are cut down for lumber, but also additional energy and resources are used to install the fence each time.
- No rotting, cracking, warping, splitting, splintering
- Why this is important: A full replacement shouldn’t be the only consideration. Wood fences will require spot fixes before a replacement, which will consume resources.
Beyond creating green materials, Trex produces durable products. Durability is an important topic for leaders in environmental science as they look at the broader picture of sustainable building. Trex’s products offer a level of durability far beyond that of wood and other manufactured products. Wood is completely organic, which means that it will degrade naturally much faster than a manufactured product. Additionally, an inferior composite or weaker fence design reduces the benefit of using recycled content.