Specifying Western Red Cedar: Sustainable Building Products

Western Red Cedar (WRC) aesthetic, economic, and environmental benefits are just some of the reasons why builders and designers are increasingly gravitating to this species of wood. Presented here are modern, historical, and cultural uses of western red cedar, as well as its performance characteristics, grade specification, and finishes. Also discussed are sustainable forest management practices and certification agencies, and how sustainably sourced wood can contribute to LEED® credits.

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Sustainable and Renewable Coastal Softwood Timbers – The Environmental Choice

Western red cedar (WRC) is a widely popular softwood species throughout North America for use in residential and commercial buildings, but there are other important sustainable and renewable coastal softwood species you should know about. Yellow cedar, western hemlock (hem-fir), and Douglas fir have similar performance characteristics and can be used in the same applications as western red cedar. This course will discuss where these species grow, their identifiable characteristics, and where to use coastal softwood appearance lumber in green building projects. We will also explore how these coastal softwood species are a highly sustainable and renewable product that should be considered for use in sustainable design.

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