It seems lawmakers in North Carolina are seeing red over “green” LEED standards for wood.
Since most timber grown in the state does not meet Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards that LEED requires, builders there are perversely incented to use imported wood in order to obtain LEED certification.
The North Carolina House of Representatives is responding with HB 688 which would prohibit public projects from pursuing a green building certification which, “disadvantages materials of products manufactured or produced in North Carolina.”
SERF believes in local sourcing and holistic, life-cycle analysis (imported wood?) So, to our friends in the Tar Heel state, we encourage you to support your local economy and the environment by growing your own.