With growing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, building designers are increasingly being called upon to balance functionality and cost objectives with reduced environmental impact. Wood can help to achieve that balance. This continuing education course examines key green building rating programs and how wood building materials and components are rated within each. Increased reliance on LCA and environmental product declarations (EPDs), and the implications for wood construction, are also explored.


Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the sustainable aspects of wood products.
  • Describe how wood contributes to credits under various green building rating systems.
  • Articulate the importance of life cycle assessment and how it can be used to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings at the design stage.
  • Describe how green building certification, sustainable forest certification, and Environmental Product Declarations complement each other to provide a more complete picture of a building’s environmental performance.