Sustainability Builds Our Business

Our mission is to be the best supplier of building materials and services by having a people-first culture, exceptional customer service, and innovative solutions that create superior value for stakeholders. We recognize that the sustainability of our products and operations is important to the success of our company. Enabling homebuilders to become more productive and efficient is fundamental to what we do and is an integral part of our business strategy. Consistent with our core values, our goal is to be recognized as a pioneer by our customers, team members, industry, and communities.

We continuously seek to identify, measure and map the environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts of our business to deliver long-term value. Our sustainability priorities are guided by stakeholders and third-party frameworks including the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Building Products & Furnishings standard, and Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Read our 2023 CSR Report

Read Our 2022 CSR Report

Key Stats


Reduction in year-over-year total worker recordable incident rate in 2022, beating our 10% reduction target


Of our wood is from sustainable forestry certified vendors


Metric tons of CO2e Scope 1 & 2 emissions

Environment: Enabling Greener, More Efficient Construction

As the nation’s largest supplier of structural building products and value-added components, aligning our business with the environment is an integral part of our culture. We are committed to operating efficiently and minimizing our environmental footprint, including reducing carbon emissions, water usage and waste. Our products and services also enable partners to build more sustainably and efficiently, promoting greener building in the industry.


We continually explore new avenues to provide more efficient materials for the construction industry. We source sustainable- certified lumber from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and provide Energy Star® qualified windows and doors. In 2022, we sourced over 90% of our wood from SFI or FSC certified vendors.


Builders FirstSource uses innovation to offer sustainable solutions that boost building efficiency and result in substantial savings for customers. Our manufactured framing components — including wall panels, EWP floor systems, roof trusses, floor trusses and READY-FRAME® — optimize material usage and reduce construction waste. We estimate that our production process for roof and floor trusses saves approximately 25% on total board footage of wood.

Our READY-FRAME® computerized, precisely pre-cut, labeled framing bundles enable crews to build more quickly, more safely and with less waste. READY-FRAME® enables up to 20% faster construction and can deliver a 39% increase in productivity per production labor hour. Use of READY-FRAME® can reduce cutting by 60% and ladder time by 27%, reducing exposure to injury risk leading to a safer jobsite. READY-FRAME® also significantly reduces the amount of material sent to landfill — up to two-thirds fewer dumpsters per home — meaning less waste and lower disposal costs, as well as lower emissions from avoided waste haulage. In 2022, READY-FRAME® avoided approximately 77,000 tons of CO2e.


Ready Frame Better


  • Computerized designs reduce mistakes with 1/16" accuracy.
  • Optimized material usage avoids misuse and waste.
  • Benefit from guaranteed takeoffs, fewer errors and less risk.
Ready Frame Faster


  • Build 20% faster with the same crew, which means less labor needed.
  • Build more houses in less time with increased efficiencies like pre-cut and labeled smart bundles.
Ready Frame Safer


  • Less on site cutting contributes to a cleaner, more organized job site.
  • A safer environment reduces risk for injury.
Ready Frame Greener


  • Fewer cuts mean less waste in dumpsters and reduced disposal fees.
  • Results in a cleaner job site and more trees saved.

Click here to see how many trees have been saved using our manufactured framing components since January 1, 2019.


The Environmental Compliance Department is responsible for developing and implementing environmental management programs to promote compliance and sustainability. Each location assigns individuals to be responsible for implementing and complying with these environmental programs. We monitor and comply with applicable federal, state and local environmental regulatory requirements, such as stormwater and air requirements. We utilize the BFS Foundations Management System to educate and train team members on relevant environmental and safety topics, such as stormwater management awareness and spill prevention.

In line with our focus on compliance and continual improvement, the Internal Environmental Audit Team audits each location at least once every three years. Locations identified as “higher risk” receive quarterly and annual audits on topics such as stormwater and hazardous spills. We take appropriate corrective actions to address any issues to enhance operations and compliance.

We are committed to monitoring, measuring, and reducing our environmental impact, including natural resource usage and emissions. For example, we do not utilize water in our key manufacturing processes, which minimizes impact and risks associated with water usage. In line with this commitment, we have implemented several initiatives to reduce or environmental impact, including:

  • Utilizing water-based paints, which are better for the environment and team members and reduce hazardous waste risks.
  • Implementing a nationwide delivery routing system to maximize vehicle efficiency and minimize emissions.
  • Implementing a nationwide delivery routing system to maximize vehicle efficiency and minimize emissions.
  • Monitoring vehicle idle time and providing financial incentives to minimize idling and reduce emissions.
  • Upgrading lighting to LEDs, which not only save energy and reduce carbon emissions, but also improve safety through better visibility.
  • Installing overhead fans to reduce air conditioning and related power usage.
  • Installing overhead fans to reduce air conditioning power usage.
  • Introducing alternative fuel vehicles, such as electric, compressed natural gas, and clean-burning diesel vehicles as they become widely available to reduce carbon emissions.

We are committed to addressing the risks of climate change, including by taking actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2022 and early 2023, we undertook and completed an extensive project to consolidate and report energy use data. Through this work, we now monitor and report Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions across our facilities and fleet.

We are utilizing 2022 carbon emissions baseline data to assess what short-, medium- and long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction targets are achievable. Baselining emission reduction targets on reliable and accurate data ensures that the targets are meaningful, credible and obtainable. We are committed to continue to invest time, effort and resources to be in a position to set meaningful Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets no later than 2025.


We are committed to promoting a work environment and atmosphere that is conducive to individual and company integrity and success, and we take deep pride in knowing that we succeed with uncompromising integrity. Builders FirstSource’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics sets forth policies and procedures to promote integrity and ethical conduct, and all team members must agree to comply with our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.

In addition, we have implemented measures to ensure appropriate and ethical business conduct and relations, such as our Responsible Supply Chain Policy. We also have robust accounting systems to monitor and detect potential financial irregularities, which includes regular reporting to the Board of Directors.