Browsing the "wood" Tag

Which Is More Green – SFI or FSC Lumber?

October 16th, 2014 | by Dawn Killough

The two main sustainable forestry certification programs (Sustainable Forestry Initiative, SFI, and Forest Stewardship Council, FSC) have been fighting for [&hellip

Make it Green: What Are the Greenest Choices of Wood for Building?

June 18th, 2012 | by GBE FACTS

"The argument that somehow non-wood construction materials are ultimately better for carbon emissions than wood products is not supported by our research. “Trees removed in an environmentally responsible way allow forests to continue to sequester carbon through new forest growth. Wood products continue to benefit the environment by storing carbon long after the building has been constructed," he added

Guest Post: Sourcing Eco-Friendly Wood and Wooden Products

April 25th, 2012 | by GBE FACTS

Wood is one of the greener materials you can use; it is renewable, doesn’t release any harmful emissions (though the products used to treat it can) and can last for years making it easy to reuse. The problem is that using wood from the wrong sources is to take part in a system that leads to deforestation, exploitation of indigenous peoples and shipping tons of wood from all over the world

Why Is That 2 x 4 So-So-So Crooked?

April 18th, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers

Seasoned carpenters and lumber mill operators may not talk much about the warped wood they have to build into straight walls, roof systems, and stairways, but they remember the days when the wood they cut was figuratively straight as an arrow and any deviations got summarily tossed into the scrap pile without second thought

Green Building 101: Selecting Building Materials from Nature

March 2nd, 2011 | by Dawn Killough

Selecting materials for your green building project can be daunting, to say the least. Every product says it is "green" or "environmentally friendly." In addition, there are different certifications and labels, each supposedly better than the others. One seemingly obvious alternative is to buy products taken directly from nature. Wood, linoleum, bamboo, wool carpets, cork, and wheatboard are a few that come to mind.

FSC Remains LEED Wood Standard

December 9th, 2010 | by Dawn Killough

In a recent election, USGBC members vetoed a new benchmarking plan that would have allowed sustainable lumber certification programs, other than the Forest Stewardship Council, to be accepted in LEED projects

Putting Beetle-Killed Forest Timber to Use

July 7th, 2010 | by Glenn Meyers

“Wood is the most renewable resource we have and as an energy source, it's carbon neutral. Biomass generators can efficiently turn dead trees into electricity for our homes and offices, and new technologies have shown the potential to turn biomass into liquid fuels."

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