The potential certified wood supply chain bottleneck and its impact on leadership in energy and environmental design construction projects in New York state

René H. Germain, Patrick C. Penfield

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Abstract

Sustainability is playing a larger role in how we construct buildings. Many organizations are trying to reduce the life-cycle costs of their buildings by using "green building" practices. Currently, the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program dominates the building certification scheme. Most new construction projects require a substantial amount of wood. The only approved wood source that can help qualify new construction for LEED certification is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood. Given the dramatic increase in new green construction, this study assessed the availability and use of FSC wood in LEED certification projects throughout New York State (NYS). We surveyed architects working on LEED projects to determine how FSC-certified wood was used and if they were having difficulty acquiring such wood. We suspected a green supply chain bottleneck at the sawmill level may impact end users in the LEED certification process. Our results indicate that architects are very knowledgeable about FSC wood and would like to incorporate it into their designs. We found no issues in sourcing FSC wood for LEED projects. Although architects prefer to buy locally, many must procure FSC wood outside of NYS. Many architects are paying a premium price for FSC wood, which may impact their decision to use it on future LEED construction projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-118
Number of pages5
JournalForest Products Journal
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Plant Science

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