Green Building

Wood from responsibly managed forests is an excellent choice for any new construction or renovation project.

Architects and builders choose wood because it looks great, has numerous environmental characteristics – including renewability – and is easy to work with.

In addition, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, sequestering and storing the carbon while producing oxygen – this reduces greenhouse gases and improves air quality. Forests provide many other benefits, including clean air and water, habitat for wildlife, commercially valuable products like wood, and employment for local communities.

Many of wood’s positive attributes depend in part on whether the forest resource is renewed. Third party- forest certification standards like the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) offer a proof point that the forest has been managed for multiple environmental, social and economic values – today and into the future.



Watch a video on why wood is an excellent choice for green building projects.


Watch Michael Green, Principal Architect, Michael Green Architecture present at the SFI 2015 Annual Conference where he talked about the future of tall wood buildings and the role of responsible forest management in shifting them into mainstream urban architecture.



There are many credible green building rating systems that recognize the value of multiple forest certification standards, and offer credits for products certified to these forest certification standards, including SFI.








SFI and Green Building Fact Sheet
Build Responsibly: Source Forest Products Certified to the SFI Standard
How to Count Your Certified Wood for a LEED Point


How to Count Your Certified Paper for a LEED Point
Creating a New Path for Forest Products in Green Buildings
Continuing Education Unit from McGraw-Hill
July 2016
Take the online test and receive an AIA credit or GBCI CE credit, click here.
Sustainable Building with SFI Certified Wood
Continuing Education Unit from McGraw-Hill
June 2013
Certified Wood Branches Out
Continuing Education Unit from McGraw-Hill
January 2012
Four Ways Responsible Forestry Supports Wood Construction
TreeHugger: March 2017