MEETING ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE GOALS
DRIVING THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT ECOSYSTEM THROUGH SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS
To prove our wood fiber procurement practices are sustainable, we participate in independent certification programs for chain of custody. Both of our manufacturing location are Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Chain of Custody (COC) certified. See here for more information HERE.
Internationally recognized forest certification standards — such as SFI— provide customers and stakeholders with an objective, third-party determination of whether companies are implementing sustainable forestry practices and making products that come from legal and well-managed sources. We are vocal supporters of the importance of these standards and the use of independent, third-party audits to verify compliance and promote sustainable forestry around the world. See here for our SFI Certification Document HERE.
Using our SFI COC certification for projects that are looking to obtain LEED, Green Globes or Living Building Challenge green building certifications ensures all lumber used in the project is managed and produced in a sustainable fashion. Discuss with our Sales Technicians if SFI is right for your project and we will provide all the necessary documentation for your project.
As more and more citizens are choosing to live, work and play in sustainable communities, mass timber is playing a significant role in the new built environment. As producers of mass timber, we directly support the new eco-system through using cross laminated timber in buildings throughout North America. We align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals framework and Principles of Responsible Investment for buildings around the globe. Through our products and services, we support our customers in meeting their green building certifications. We prioritize end-to-end Environmental, Social and Governance principles at every stage of your building project through fiber sourcing from sustainable forests, environmental best practices at our manufacturing plants and the production of carbon sequestering CLT. Through our industry certifications, we can verify the environmental performance and impact of our products.
SMARTLAM JOINS OUR CLIENTS IN BEING RESPONSIBLE STEWARDS OF OUR ENVIRONMENT.
• Thought leadership
• Mass timber best practices
• Research collaboration
• Our products help our clients meet ESG targets
We support sustainable communities through the creation of lower carbon footprint commercial and residential buildings
We support our clients with green building certifications:
• LEED Gold
• Passive House
• Living Building
• Zero Carbon Building
• Zero-waste facilities
• Shavings and saw dust repurposed
• Wood waste converted to biomass energy
As climate change has captured global attention, we now better understand the large impact that buildings contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Typical structural building components like masonry, concrete, and steel have a large carbon footprint and are extremely energy intensive materials to produce. Concrete production represents roughly 5% of world carbon dioxide emissions, the dominant greenhouse gas. Replacing concrete and steel with SmartLam NA CLT as a building material can have a significant impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. According to Woodworks.org, the 7M cubic feet of wood products used in sustainable buildings equals 74k Metric Tons of avoided Green House Gas Emissions which is the equivalent of 56k cars off the road every year.
SmartLam NA is proud of the fact that we procure all our lumber from sawmills practicing certified sustainable forestry practices.
Wood is the only structural building material with third-party certification programs in place to verify that products originate from a sustainably managed resource. Sustainable forest certification allows forest product companies to demonstrate the effectiveness of their practices by having them independently assessed against a stringent standard that considers environmental, economic and social values. As of August 2013, more than 500 million acres of forest in Canada and the U.S. were certified under one of the four internationally recognized programs used in North America: Sustainable Forestry Initiative® , American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and Canadian Standards Association’s Sustainable Forest Management Standard. This enables builders, as well as manufacturers, fabricators, distributors and retailers to verify their products are sourced responsibly and produced to sustainable standards.
Benefits of sustainable forestry:
- Conservation of biological diversity
- Maintenance of productive capacity of forest ecosystems
- Maintenance of ecosystem health and vitality
- Conservation and maintenance of soil and water resources
- Maintenance of forest contribution to global carbon cycles
- Maintenance and enhancement of long-term multiple socio-economic benefits to meet the needs of societies
- Establishment of a legal, institutional and economic framework for forest conservation and sustainable management
Unlike other products that deplete the earth’s resources, wood is the only major building material that grows naturally and is renewable. When considered over a building’s lifetime – from harvest of raw materials through manufacturing, transportation, installation, use, maintenance and disposal or recycling – wood performs better than concrete and steel in terms of embodied energy, air and water pollution, carbon footprint and global warming potential. In terms of operating energy, wood has the advantage of low thermal conductivity compared to steel and concrete. As a result, wood buildings are easy to insulate to high standards. The precise manufacturing and milling of cross laminated timber (CLT) result in exceptional air tightness.The added aspect of dimensional stability also ensures that the building remains airtight over time. Wood is a good choice for designers who want to meet the Passive House standard or create a net zero energy or net zero carbon building. Because many factors have a greater influence on energy efficiency than the choice of structural material, a more relevant point for many designers is that wood building systems have low embodied energy. Embodied energy is the energy needed to extract, process, manufacture, transport, construct and maintain a material or product. Wood outperforms other materials in this area.
SmartLam's Annual Mass Timber Capacity Carbon Calculation
Volume of wood products used:
141,585 cubic meters (5,000,000 cubic feet)
U.S. and Canadian forests grow this much wood in: 386 minutes
Avoided greenhouse gas emissions: 48775 metric tons of carbon dioxide
Carbon stored in the wood:
126059 metric tons of carbon dioxide
Total potential carbon benefit: 174834 metric tons of carbon dioxide
36963 cars off the road for a year
Energy to operate 18462 homes for a year
*Source: Data derived from Wood Works Carbon Calculator. Estimates are based off average CF stored in wood buildings and respected conversions applied to max capacity of each facility. Estimates are rounded.