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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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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Fannie Mae Offers Lower Interest Rates to Green Multifamily

Multifamily building developers and owners now have a greater financial incentive to pursue green certifications: they’ll be rewarded by Fannie Mae

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UN: Manufacturers Turn Blind Eye to Hazardous Chemicals At Their Peril

Knowing the chemical ingredients in a product’s supply chain just makes good business sense, according to a United Nations report.

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Natural Stormwater Treatment Saves Salmons’ Lives

A new study shows biofiltration systems save the lives of salmon and the insects they prey on. How’s that for a stormwater quality metric?

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Should Feds Adopt LEED v4? Uncle Sam Wants Your Input

GSA is asking for advice on how it should use LEED and keep up with the marketplace.

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GreenCircle Will Label Products Eligible for LEED v4

Does that HPD meet LEED v4 credit requirements? Soon, you can just look for the logo to find out.

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Product News & Reviews

Vinyl Roofing Membrane EPD Details Cradle-to-Grave Impacts

More trade groups are publishing industry-wide environmental product declarations to meet LEED v4 requirements.

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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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New Refrigerants, Less Global Warming

HFOs usher in a new era of refrigerants and foam insulation blowing agents with low global warming potential.

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