Last week NASF submitted comments on the sixth draft of LEED standards. The comments addressed the use of sustainably sourced wood in building design and construction, interior design and construction, and existing buildings and neighborhood development, while taking into account the current draft language's exclusion of all but one certification system. NASF's comments recommend taking steps that will lead to independent verification of criteria used to approve forest certification programs for inclusion in the LEED standards.
NASF has continually advocated for the inclusion of forest products, particularly wood, in green building certification systems. Forest products are renewable, sustainable, and contain some of the highest concentrated bio-based material. Credible life cycle assessments show that the overall manufacturing of wood products are significantly less carbon intensive when compared to alternative materials such as plastic, carbon and concrete.