Volume 13, Issue 9 - November/December 2012
M&M News and Products
“For the past 50 years, Georgia has led the nation in commercially available, private-owned timberlands and is a national leader in the growing and processing of wood construction materials,” says Deal. “The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system unfairly awards its wood certification credits only to products certified under one standard. Recognizing all forest certifications equally will promote sustainable forestry in our state and will help create thousands of jobs while maintaining our strong outdoor heritage.”
The SFI, which has long tried to convince the USGBC to recognize other certification programs, applauded Gov. Deal’s efforts. According to the SFI, three-quarters of North America’s certified forests and almost 99 percent of Georgia’s certified forests are certified to SFI or the American Tree Farm System, and therefore ineligible for LEED’s certified wood credit.
“We applaud Gov. Deal’s action for recognizing certified wood and forest products [as] critical to the future of our forests, economic development and environmental well-being,” says Kathy Abusow, SFI president and CEO. “Fifteen governors have now sent a strong message to USGBC.
Likewise, Jeff Inks, vice president, code and regulatory affairs for the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), also agrees with the Georgia governor’s executive order.
“WDMA supports the use of accredited wood certification programs to qualify for wood certification credits,” says Inks. “We do not believe there is any justification for limiting wood certification credit eligibility to FSC certified products only as LEED currently does. Georgia’s action is another signal that that isn’t acceptable.”
In December, 2011, the Governor of Maine signed a similar executive order that called for the use of green building rating systems that give equal credit to all forest certification standards. Likewise, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new program last year to promote wood in green building.
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