Our wood products help you meet important sustainable building objectives, including being eligible for credits under major green building standards, such as LEED®, Green Globes® and the National Green Building Standard™. To help you understand which of our products fit into the many different green building programs, we publish a summary report and issue regular updates as our products or the programs change. We also offer software and support services to help you meet the requirements of these standards and build buildings more efficiently.
USING OUR PRODUCTS FOR LEED POINTS
All our wood products can help you achieve LEED designation for your buildings. Through LEED’s alternate compliance path, products with Sustainable Forestry Initiative® fiber-sourcing certification count as legal, responsible and, with SFI® chain-of-custody certification, as certified. Find more information, including helpful training modules and resources, on the Sustainable Forestry Initiative website.
PROVIDING CERTIFIED PRODUCTS FOR GREEN HOMES
We were the first product line to receive a “green” designation from Home Innovation Research Labs. Today, many of our wood product and software solutions are Green Certified Products under the National Green Building Standard.
REDUCING WASTE AND SAVING TIME ON BUILDING SITES
Our innovative construction techniques, such as NextPhase® Site Solutions, can reduce job-site waste and construction time by optimizing design, material cuts and assembly. Builders using NextPhase can also receive credits under major green building standards, including the National Green Building Standard and LEED for Homes.
ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATIONS
We partner with our forest sector peers in the United States and Canada to create industrywide environmental product declarations for six wood products we manufacture: softwood lumber, softwood plywood, oriented strand board, glue-laminated timbers, laminated strand lumber, and medium-density fiberboard.
These EPDs are third-party verified by UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories, and are based on life-cycle-assessment results from data gathered from our sector partners, starting with raw material extraction and going all the way through the manufacturing process. UL Environment verifies that the EPDs conform to the requirements of ISO 14025, the global standard governing EPDs.
Sustainable forest management certification and responsible fiber-sourcing certifications can complement the information in these EPDs by addressing parameters not covered in a life-cycle assessment, such as biodiversity conservation, protection of wildlife habitat, and soil and water quality.