With the global marketplace for sustainability materials estimated to reach $529 billion by 2020, securing a strong place for wood is essential to the wood products industry's future growth. That means both telling the positive story of wood's renewable, energy efficient advantages, as well as defending against anti-wood bias in rating systems. Strong, unified industry support is essential as the sustainability battlefield continues to spread from the state to the federal level.
More attention is being paid than ever before to how buildings impact the environment, including the choices of materials used in construction and how those materials help conserve energy during operation. Wood is the perfect sustainability material because it is renewable, stores carbon that reduces greenhouse gases, and is energy efficient. Winning acceptance for wood is a challenge, however, as competing materials and certain environmental groups seek to control the U.S. sustainability market.
Additionally, some sustainability rating systems, such as the U.S. sustainability Council's well-known LEED rating system, contain scientifically indefensible biases against wood and many U.S.-sourced wood products. LEED is aggressively seeking a government-sanctioned monopoly on rating systems which would seriously harm the use of U.S. wood products.
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The industry has fought hard over the past decade to set the record straight on wood and has made impressive progress:
- Helped bring the wood-friendly Green Globes rating system to the U.S., offering the first competition to LEED, and secured Green Globes inclusion in the federal schools and stimulus bills;
- Prevented LEED-only legislation in 40 states and won adoption in 19 states of the Green Globes rating system;
- Influenced green criteria being included in the ASHRAE sustainability minimum requirements standard;
- Gained a position on the International Code Council's oversight committee for its new sustainability model code—the only wood interest on a committee that will write the first national sustainability code that can be implemented like a mandatory building code;
- Served on the Green Globes and National sustainability Standard Committees, assuring wood products are rewarded for their environmental characteristics and positive contributions.
The North American wood products industry is committed to sustainability in its products and their use. In support of this commitment, we are pleased to share third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations that describe the environmental performance of many of the products we produce.
Go to EPDs Page.