OTTAWA - The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced that Structurlam is the first Canadian manufacturer of cross-laminated timber (CLT) to be certified to the SFI 2015‑2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard.
"We are excited that Structurlam is the first CLT manufacturer in Canada to be certified to the SFI Chain of Custody Standard. A few months ago I had the opportunity to visit Structurlam's site and was impressed with their commitment to sustainability and the innovation driving their product development. Many of Structurlam's suppliers manage forestlands certified to SFI so it is great to know that Structurlam will continue to source and build with SFI certified materials," said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc.
Structurlam blends the expertise of wood science with the ingenuity of European fabrication to produce mass timber products including CLT, the next-generation of engineered wood products. Structurlam has manufactured CLT for six years and supplied the product to over 350 projects in North America. Extensively tested, the product has vast applications for construction.
Architects and builders choose wood because it looks great, has numerous environmental characteristics – including renewability – and it's easy to work with, says SFI. In addition, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, sequestering and storing the carbon while producing oxygen which reduces greenhouse gases and improves air quality.
"Wood is the only renewable building resource we have. If we sustainably manage the forest then we'll have unlimited materials to create beautiful buildings that can potentially last for generations," said Bill Downing, President of Structurlam. "We're looking forward to leveraging our SFI chain-of-custody certification to expand into new markets."
Structurlam produces CLT at its Penticton facility in Southern BC's Okanagan region. The company is part of a global movement to use wood in mid- and high-rise buildings. Advances in technology are producing more engineered-wood and mass timber products that increase the capabilities of building with wood.
A showcase project for Structurlam is the University of British Columbia's Brock Commons. This 18-storey student residence stands 53 meters tall and is the tallest wood structure in the world. The mass timber structure was completed in just 66 days. Over 460 CrossLam CLT panels were used during the building process along with over 1,300 Glulam columns, a structural timber product manufactured by gluing together individual pieces of lumber.
Structurlam will also be able to use chain-of-custody certification to position itself as a supplier in the green building market that is officially recognized by green building rating systems. Wood products sold as certified under the SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard allow CrossLam® CLT to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits through the LEED Alternative Compliance Path or credits through the Green Globes Rating System.