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Sustainable Development Goals



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
• Certifications
• 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.