he remodeling of your home is just as important as new construction. Therefore,
using environmental certified materials is just as important in your remodeling
choices. What does it mean to be certified? Take your wood products for
example. One of the industry
’s standards is the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Having the products
certified to sustainable forestry standards indicates that the manufacturer of
the products has lived up to the highest standards for obtaining the raw
materials that go into making your wood products. Independent certification
also provides consumers with the assurance that the remodeler / builder follows
responsible purchasing practices and is one of many ways to demonstrate their
commitment to being environmentally responsible, which, in turn, makes you, the
consumer, equally as responsible in choosing the correct remodeler/builder.
Certification under industry standards requires a chain of custody, which refers
to the ability to track wood from the time it leaves the forest through the
processing and marketing channels to you, the final consumer. Whether they are
certified forests owned by major timberland owners, small family forests,
sawmills that supply residual chips or wood dealers, the wood is traceable all
the way to the timberland growers and owners. The SFI standard itself is
governed by an independent board with equal
representation from environmental organizations, the forest products industry
and the broader forestry community.
The building industry has recognized the benefits of smart growth many years
ago, not just wood products, but in all construction technology to fit the
changing needs of home builders, home remodelers and home buyers in the broader
society. Building better places to live, work and play has always been the work
of responsible manufacturers and builders.
Our nation’s home builders, manufacturers and home builder associations are dedicated to
working in unison to assure the best Green Building for the environment and
consumer. The industry cares deeply about the communities and infrastructures
we help create.
From wood to windows, Green is the new BLACK. Choose your builder / remodeler wisely. Know their approach, practices and choices of the building
products they are supplying you for your biggest investment, your home. Most of
all, know the strides
the industry is going through to preserve our inherited environment and
strengthen the future of our generations to come.
KC Cox, CGA, CAPS, CGP