With imminent changes to LEED and lots of conflicting information about different wood rating standards, many in the green building industry don’t know where to begin when it’s time to choose sustainable lumber for their building projects. The Sept. 30 event will answer their questions about how the different rating standards compare, what changes to anticipate with LEED 2012, how they can identity and source sustainable wood regardless of its certification, and how our region’s green building community can continue to further the discussion about sustainable wood.
Audience discussion will be supported by a panel of experts including the regional FSC representative Diane Moody; Cascadia Green Building Council’s Kelley Beamer; SERA architect Clark Brockman; FSC auditor Paul Vanderford; and others. The event will be moderated by Ryan Temple, the president of Sustainable Northwest Wood.
Attendees can also look forward to complimentary refreshments that include treats by Portland baker Kim Boyce, local beer by Hair of the Dog, and coffee from local roaster Coava.
The event will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 from 2pm to 5pm at the Sustainable Northwest Wood warehouse in Southeast Portland. It is open to the public but seating is limited to the first 80 registrants. Interested attendees should visit the Sustainable Northwest Wood website to reserve their seat and get directions to the warehouse at www.snwwood.com.
Founded in 2008 as a for-profit subsidiary of the well-known and highly respected non-profit organization Sustainable Northwest, Sustainable Northwest Wood operates as a wholesale lumber yard that connects local mills to growing green building markets, serving both regional producers and conscientious consumers. Everything offered is from the Pacific Northwest and grown on forests managed either to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or as part of Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities Partnership, a stewardship program restoring native ecosystems.
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Sustainable Northwest Wood partners with local mills and forest managers to provide our Pacific NW regional green building community with an easily-accessible supply of FSC certified and sustainably sourced dimensional lumber and Northwest hardwoods.