Doesn’t it make sense that contractors who use better materials pay less for their insurance premiums? Lumber that is treated with the right elixir that acts as a fire retardant and is also mold-resistant and termite-proof should be considered by the construction industry as not only safer than the old way of framing houses but essential in future building. This will cut down on construction defect claims by making occupants safer from fire, mold, and termite infestation. It will also help towards protecting our tree canopy and our quest towards warding off further global warming. Remember, the lumber used today to build homes is far different from the lumber used generations ago. Today’s lumber is from trees with far more resins and vulnerability towards rot. Treating this lumber before it goes into our homes only makes sense. If the insurance industry would recognize this and apply appropriate premium discounts to builders who use treated lumber, the movement would be certain to gain quicker traction! Your thoughts are appreciated in the comments below. For more information on the benefits of building environmentally safe, visit the LEED website.