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Special Guidance for Architects and Builders

Architects and builders can contribute significantly to environmental conservation by building green. A green building is built by carefully taking into consideration the location, the way it is constructed, its source of energy, as well as materials used, to ensure that resources are used most efficiently and impact on the environment is minimized.
House interior built with responsible wood. 
House interior built with responsible wood.

Guidance on Using Wood for Building Green

Using sustainable/certified timber and timber products is a key component of green building. A third-party forest certification is a guarantee that the timber and timber-products are sourced from well managed forests. The following is some guidance on using wood for building green.

1. Metafore’s Wood for Building Green – A Practical Guide
This is a tool for architects, designers, developers and builders interested in building green. It introduces salvaged wood, recycled content, and certified wood products, provides strategies for specifying these types of wood products, and provides resources for achieving wood-related green building program credits.

2. SmartGuide to GreenBuildingWood Sources
Since the demand of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timber is on the rise within the design and construction industry, the Rainforest Alliance offers the SmartGuide to Green Building Wood Sources to facilitate access to FSC-certified wood products.

3. Designing and Building with FSC Guide
Published in June 2005, this guide helps architects, builders and designers utilize and source forest products from FSC-certified, well-managed forests. The guide offers professionals a single source to learn about, specify, build and account for the use of FSC-certified products.

Green Building Codes

1. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
The LEED, a program of the U.S. Green Building council, is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED recognizes achievements and promotes expertise in green building through a comprehensive system offering project certification, professional accreditation, training and practical resources.

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Guide to the Use of Wood in LEED Projects
This guide provides information to the design community and to the wood products community about the LEED rating system and how that system relates to the use of wood products. It serves as a tool to those interested in pursuing LEED certification for their projects, by helping them gain an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of incorporating wood products in their designs.