Wood Products - Information For Architects

What tangible step can you take to protect forests?

Specify certified wood in your projects. Along with the contemporary credo to "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," this is one of the most powerful things you can do to change the way wood products are harvested and sold around the world.

Certification was developed by the Forest Stewardship Council as a proactive, market-based solution to a growing ecological crisis. Independent, third-party certification focuses on creating consumer demand for sustainably harvested wood-and then provides forest landowners and manufacturers who can meet this demand.

Architects are in a unique position to implement this new vision that balances environmental and commercial interests. As an architect who specifies FSC-certified wood and leads by example, you are able to initiate huge changes in the forest products industry.

Why should you care?

Because no one can afford to ignore the issues of certification and sustainability any longer. In just the past year this industry has grown exponentially as major retailers and manufacturers commit to FSC-certified wood. Certification in not only environmentally friendly, it's also become an important strategic business consideration.

So come on, be a superhero.

No, were not saying that as an architect you're responsible for saving the world-just for doing your part. We have all the information you need to educate yourself on the issues-and more importantly, we have the resources to help you find the suppliers that will bring all your projects to fruition.

Current Projects Using FSC-Certified Wood

Visionary architects are everywhere, designing major office complexes, airports, colleges, institutions, government offices, and private homes. Here are some recent projects that made extensive use of certified wood and the firms that designed them:

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