FSC-US Web Site Gets Green Building Retrofit

FSC-US Web Site Gets Green Building Retrofit

The U.S. chapter of the Forest Stewardship Council has just launched a new green building section on its Web site. The organization hopes the new section, aimed at the environmentally friendly and socially responsible building industry, will help those who are looking to include FSC-certified wood products into their building projects.

The new section includes sample specification language for architects, and information and tools for finding FSC-certified products. There is also a new option that allows customers seeking large volumes of FSC-certified wood products for building projects to email FSC-US and have that request delivered directly to all suppliers of FSC-certified building materials in the U.S.

Regarding this "green building list," Michael Washburn, vice president of forestry and marketing for FSC-US, said that, "FSC-US has made it easy to find certified wood suppliers without leaving your desk. We have received very positive feedback from both suppliers and architects and builders who have already used this email service. It is our job to provide information that helps make the demand and supply connections in the marketplace for certified wood; the 'green building list' has proven to be probably the most useful tool yet. The more FSC-certified wood that gets used in these projects, the less 'controversial' wood, such as wood harvested from illegal or mismanaged sources, is drawn into the marketplace. That translates directly into positive impacts on the ground in the world's working forests."

Thanks in part to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating program of the U.S. Green Building Council, the "green" building industry has grown exponentially over the past several years. There are currently nearly 1,800 registered LEED projects in the U.S., and currently FSC is the only certification accepted for "new" (not reclaimed or recycled) wood in the LEED program.
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