FEATURE ARTICLE

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Certified Wood: How SFI Compares to FSC

FSC-certified wood is ingrained in rating systems like LEED, but rival SFI has a revised standard. Can it show it’s just as good on the issues that matter most?

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Infographic

What These Forestry Labels Really Mean

You’ve seen FSC and SFI labels on wood products. Most often, you’ve seen no label at all. Here’s a green guide to each one.

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Product News & Reviews

Sewage-Source Heat Pumps Turn Wastewater to Warmth

International Wastewater’s heat pumps provide heating or cooling using sewage and don’t require dual plumbing.

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Three Lounge Seating Manufacturers Keeping Pace with High BIFMA Standards

Three lounge seating manufacturers have been certified to BIFMA e3 level 3, but tracking chemicals of concern in these products is still a challenge.

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Green Building News

Plum Creek SFI Certification, Audit Process Challenged in Oregon

An Oregon nonprofit is seeking to suspend Plum Creek’s SFI certificate in Oregon due to legal violations. The company says it has already addressed the issues.

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Material Health Tools Harmonize

Manufacturers should get more consistent signals as Cradle to Cradle, GreenScreen, Pharos, and other tools align, while staking out niches.

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USGBC, Chemical Industry Begin Talks

You say “risk” and I say “hazard,” but we can’t call the whole thing off. So the Supply Chain Optimization Working Group is set to begin its work.

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AIA Prioritizes Resilient Design, Product Transparency

New statements on resilience and healthy materials expand the AIA’s environmental advocacy.

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Polyiso Manufacturers Turn Blind Eye to Problems at Cold Temperatures

R-values that fluctuate with temperature can be a serious problem with polyiso in some climates. New design guidance could help.

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From the Editors

Muscoe Martin: 1955–2014

The green building world has lost another champion, Muscoe Martin, of Philadelphia.

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