The value proposition for wood in schools is that it typically costs less while meeting all code requirements for safety and performance, and that it offers advantages such as speed of construction and a light carbon footprint. Its versatility allows designers to create exceptional learning environments on limited budgets, while meeting energy and other high-performance objectives. There is also growing research to support the stress-reducing effects of visual wood. The term biophilia describes the instinctive connection and attraction people have to natural materials, and many designers cite the warm and natural attributes of wood as a reason for its use. Evidence also suggests that the use of natural materials can contribute to an individual’s sense of well-being, productivity and health.