4.5.2 Certified Wood
Reduce forest destruction, soil erosion, and loss of wildlife habitat by encouraging environmentally responsible forest management. (Source: USGBC)
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood products.
Use wood-based materials and products which are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) principles and criteria.
Cost premiums vary significantly depending on the species of wood and type of product. Premiums for finished products are typically 5-15% whereas premiums for raw lumber are typically 2-6%. (Source: Northwest Natural Resources Group)
Shorter growing cycles and higher density requires less land. More consistent harvesting cycles avoid the steady and eventual depletion of finite resources or degradation of a productive ecosystem. Stabilizes trade and preserves forest land for future generations.
There are many organizations that offer certification of sustainably harvested wood products, with varying criteria and stringency. To date, LEED recognizes only FSC-certified products, which must meet a set of criteria and principals that address multiple factors including environmental impacts of forest management, indigenous rights, labor rights, and legal issues. (Source: http://us.fsc.org/download.fsc-standard-for-chain-of-custody-certificati...) If using a product with certification other then FSC, check certification requirements to be sure they are legitimate.
4.5.1 Renewable Materials