Environmentally-responsible building is no longer optional. Today’s consumers expect companies and governments to minimize their impact on the earth, its natural resources, and its inhabitants.
Several key associations have helped to set the standard for sustainable building and sourcing, and offer education and certifications to help the construction industry demonstrate a commitment to protecting our natural resources and promoting health and well-being.
Green buildings yield up to 10 times the financial benefit over the additional cost associated with building green, thanks to lower energy and water use, lower environmental, waste, and emissions costs, lower operating and maintenance costs, and increased health and productivity. LEARN MORE »
Certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. The FSC® Principles and Criteria provide a foundation for all forest management standards globally, including the FSC® US National Standard (v1.0) that guides forest management certification in the U.S.
LEED®, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED® certification is available for virtually all building, community and home project types and provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.
The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a framework to help designers and builders create spaces that reconnect occupants with nature. The framework provides guidelines for sourcing healthy materials and employing those materials to create buildings that generate more energy than they use and that capture and treat all water on site.
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) is dedicated to advancing public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products, and encouraging sound forestry through landowner education. OFRI’s key programs encompass classroom education, tours and exhibitions, conferences and presentations, and comprehensive online resources.
Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to making high-performance passive building the mainstream market standard. Passive building comprises a set of design principles used to achieve a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency within a specific quantifiable comfort level.
World Green Building Council (World GBC) is a global network of Green Building Councils who are dedicated to creating green buildings for everyone, everywhere – enabling people to thrive both today and tomorrow. World GBC champions local and global leadership and empowers communities to take action by providing support and resources to its member GBCs.
Think Wood promotes the economic, environmental and societal benefits of using softwood lumber in commercial, community and non-residential building applications. The primary support of Think Wood is the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB). The SLB is an industry-funded initiative responsible for increasing demand for softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential and non-residential construction.