LEED Recognizes CSA Forest Certification in Green Building Standards
Kamloops, B.C. –The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced changes to their LEED building rating system that will recognize CSA's forest certification program. A new pilot alternative compliance path (ACP) provides for wood and paper products certified to CSA and verified through a PEFC chain of custody to be awarded a point in the certified wood credit under LEED 2009 and awarded a point for the sourcing of raw materials credit under LEED v4.
“This is great news” said John Dunford, Chair of PEFC Canada. “This new direction by the USGBC - that is inclusive of all forest certification standards demanding responsible forest management and insisting that wood products come from legal sources - is to be congratulated."
Wood and paper products that originate from forests certified to CSA meet the ACP tests as originating from responsible and certified sources. When combined with a PEFC chain of custody, these products also meet the ACP test for legal (non-controversial) sources. More information on the ACP can be found in the USGBC press release.
CSA Z809 is Canada’s national forest certification standard and the world’s largest national forest management standard with roughly 41 million hectares of woodlands certified. It includes a suite of mandatory core indicators for consistently measuring sustainable forest management across the country. It also requires local adaptations through ongoing public and Aboriginal dialogue with community advisory groups. This reflects the diversity of Canada’s forests, and the fact that over 94% of them are publicly owned.
PEFC Canada represents organizations in Canada that have certified their forestry operations to the PEFC-endorsed Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) standards, as well as organizations and businesses that are certified to the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard.
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