29 Apr '16, 1pm

[email protected] pilot program renews debate over lumber qualifications for green building programs:

.@USGBC pilot program renews debate over lumber qualifications for green building programs:

Movement in the years-long tug-of-war over green certification for lumber is better measured in inches than in yards. This month, several groups' announcements and replies involved whether the U.S. Green Building Council ( USGBC ) is inching closer to letting any wood other than that certified by the Forest Stewardship Council ( FSC ) become eligible for points under the LEED rating system. Organizations such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative ( SFI ), Green Globes , the American Tree Farm System ( ATFS ) and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association ( NLBMDA ) all put out press releases hailing USGBC's announcement that it will pilot an " Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) credit " to its LEED system "by promoting the use of wood that is verified to be legal." This alternative path would in effect give LEED credit for projects in which the framing l...

Full article: http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/news/usgbcs-pilot-program...

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