SFI Certification Expected to Increase Number of Certified LEED Projects

SFI Certification Expected to Increase Number of Certified LEED Projects

August 2, 2016  |  LEED Certified Project

For years, the only certified products allowed in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects were from companies that were Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certified. 

The process was often time consuming and it required a great deal of documentation unless a company was part of a group certificate. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) recently started a pilot project that will allow Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) wood to be used in LEED building products for the LEED point for sustainable wood. 

The SFI and the FSC are very similar in how they work as their goals and operations are basically the same. Both programs strive to maintain sustainable harvest levels, work toward reforestation and address forest conservation. 

While companies are not able to mix FSC and SFI certified woods together for the same product, you can use either FSC or SFI certified wood for a job. 

It is felt that this new pilot program will help increase the amount of certified lumber and certified components available for LEED projects as well as the number of companies willing to become certified to produce the specific items/jobs. 

The WPMA feels that providing companies with another option is good for their business. This is why the WPMA will have our entire group of FSC certified companies dual certified by October in an effort to help our members.

The WPMA has taken the lead on this dual certification to help increase the number of potential jobs that our members are able to bid on/produce for the marketplace. Our goal has always been to help members become more competitive in a challenging economy.

We strive to keep our members updated on the latest information in our field. For more information or if you have questions about certification, please contact Philip Bibeau at 978-874-5445.