05 Jul '11, 4am

USGBC Pilots Wood Certification Options

USGBC Pilots Wood Certification Options

Once again, there is discussion in the U.S. Green Building Council (“USGBC”) to allow other wood certifying organizations to have a place within the LEED guidelines for green construction. The new Pilot Credit 43 [PDF] for certified products would allow several wood certifications — e.g. , Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, American Tree Farm — to contribute to a point under the trial credit. For several years now, the issue of wood certification within LEED has been contentious. A move to recognize other certification standards went through rounds of comments and revisions before it was ultimately defeated , but the conflict has continued . The new pilot credit would recognize non-FSC wood rating systems for having some benefit, even if the pilot credit does not give them the full standing that FSC has within LEED. For example, Pilot Credit 43 on...

Full article: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2011/07/usgbc-pilot-credit-cer...

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