In April, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its decision to launch a new pilot program as an addendum to the LEED® green building rating system: Alternative Compliance Path (ACP). This pilot builds on existing infrastructure for responsible wood sourcing and is designed to promote the use of wood that is verified and listed as legal.
Timber Products heartily supports this initiative. For nearly 100 years, we have offered a range of diverse, sustainable wood products. With more than 1,100 team members who work in manufacturing operations in Oregon, California, Mississippi and Michigan, Timber Products also manages timberlands in Northern California to the stringent Sustainable Forest Initiative® (SFI) Standard. Our company was the world's first hardwood plywood manufacturer authorized to carry the SFI label and we hold an FSC® Chain-of-Custody certification.
We also purchase logs and timber certified by the American Tree Farm System. Each of these certification programs is robust and credible and serves a different niche in the forest management sector. We support all of these programs and are pleased that the USGBC has expanded eligibility for LEED certification.
We support USGBC’s ACP initiative to focus attention on the significant need for responsibly sourced wood and effective legal verification of building products. We believe the ACP is a positive step for our industry.
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