Sustainable Materials

2016 Excellence Award Merit Award Winner, Facility Design: Howe Lumber
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2016 Excellence Award Merit Award Winner, Facility Design: Howe Lumber

Howe Lumber's new solar powered facility exemplifies wise sustainable business... More

Why Sustainable Design and Cradle-to-Cradle Products?
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Why Sustainable Design and Cradle-to-Cradle Products?

"When did we get the right to pollute?" More

Healthy Homes: All Eyes on IAQ
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Healthy Homes: All Eyes on IAQ

Lousy indoor air quality in America’s homes poses an opportunity for dealers and... More

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FSC Certification in Limbo for Resolute Forest Products

The FSC-certified lumber producer lost three certificates over issues that include indigenous peoples' rights and environmental impact. More

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USDA Ramps Up Pro-Wood, Pro-Green Policies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will preferentially select wood in its new building projects, seek to enhance research and development in green building materials, and look for ways to show off wood as a green building material in big buildings, Agriculture Secretary Tim Vilsack announced. More

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Green Depot Acquires Ecohaus

Green Depot, the self-titled nation's biggest building material dealers specializing in environmentally sustainable building products, grew even larger when the New York-based company announced it had acquired Ecohaus, a similar operation with locations in Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland, Ore. More

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FSC Wants Another Vote on Wood-Cert Benchmark

Following a U.S. Green Building Council vote that failed to pass a wood-certification benchmark, the Forest Stewardship Council's U.S. chapter has urged the council to continue to strive for a benchmark by sending out a revised ballot. More

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Are Forestry Groups Talking to the Wrong People?

A coalition led by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative has put more effort into persuading Congress, statehouses, and the public over the USGBC's wood-certification rules than it has in reaching the USGBC members who will vote on issue. On the other hand, USGBC's murky voting rules don't give SFI much choice. Analysis by ProSales editor Craig Webb. More

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USGBC Tries Anew To Draft Wood Certification Rules; Critics Still Hate It

The U.S. Green Building Council requested comment recently on a fourth draft of its proposed scheme to determine which forest certification schemes would qualify for points under its LEED system, and three of its sharpest critics already have declared--again, for sharply different reasons--that they don't like it. More

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Groups Decry USGBC's New Plan for Certifying Wood

Initial responses to the U.S. Green Building Council's proposed revisions of how wood qualifies under its LEED green building scheme indicate the principal wood certification groups are still unhappy--for much different reasons--with how USGBC is handling the issue. More

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