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SFI-certified wood is an environmentally smart choice for construction and renovations because it is a sustainable, natural, and renewable resource. The SFI label means that the forest where the wood comes from is managed sustainably to ensure many benefits, like mitigating climate change.

Environmental and economic benefits of building with wood. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, sequestering and storing carbon while producing oxygen—this reduces greenhouse gases and improves air quality. The benefits of building with wood also include conserving water, ensuring biodiversity, and supporting sustainable jobs in rural areas.

The U.S. Green Building Council recognizes SFI-certified wood. This means the use of SFI certified wood can earn points within LEED– Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design–projects. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

Mass timber and cross-laminated timber (CLT) is growing in relevance. CLT, a prefabricated, solid engineered wood panel is as strong as traditional building materials like steel and concrete, yet offers the additional environmental benefits associated with wood. Highly technical and precise, CLT is made by compressing and bonding layers of wood together in alternating directions. Building with CLT is generally faster, safer, and more efficient than traditional building materials and processes. SmartLam, Katerra, and Structurlam, all prominent CLT manufacturers in Canada and the U.S., are certified to SFI meaning they and their customers are furthering the environmental benefits of CLT.

Health benefits of building with wood. In the U.S., humans spend 90% of time indoors, and have become increasingly disconnected from nature. Biophilia – humans’ innate draw and affinity for nature – can be achieved when building with wood, and has been linked to reducing stress, improving cognitive function and creativity, accelerating healing, and fostering an overall sense of well-being. Biophilic design, increasing occupant connectivity to the natural environment, helps connect people to nature, within the buildings we live and work.

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GREEN BUILDING EDUCATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Creating a New Path for Forest Products in Green Buildings
Continuing Education Unit from McGraw-Hill July 2016
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Annie Perksin
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SFI director highlights the importance of certification in mass timber construction

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SFI DIRECTOR HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF CERTIFICATION IN MASS TIMBER CONSTRUCTION
As the mass timber building movement gains momentum, designers and builders need assurance that the wood products on the market are of high standards on a number of fronts. The Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI), the largest single forest certification standard in the world, is one of three certification agencies to provide that assurance.