Sustainable Wood Guide Specification
Sustainable Wood Guide Specification documents, or “Green GuideSpecs”, were created to assist architects, designers, specifiers, facility managers, green builders, Vermont wood product manufacturers, fabricators, and communities interested in supporting third-party certified, Vermont forest products.
The Need: As green building becomes the standard for excellence in the construction industry, architects, developers, and a variety of end users require convenient, accurate information on a range of sustainably produced building materials. Sustainably harvested wood is one locally available, high quality resource that can earn building construction and interiors credits with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) rating system. Until the Green GuideSpecs were developed, no aggregated information for sourcing sustainably harvested, milled, and fabricated wood products from Vermont or the Northern Forest was available.
The Opportunity: Guide specifications, similar to chapters in a book, are part of a broader specification document used by architects to describe materials in a construction project drawing and to set project prices. VSJF worked with the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) - Vermont Chapter and the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (VWMA) to develop Vermont Sustainable Wood Guide Specifications (SWGS). Funds were used to hire Specification Consultant and Architect Jonathan M. Miller of JMMa Specs, who drew on his over 25 years of architectural expertise to create these Green GuideSpecs, carefully formatting each section according to CSI MasterFormat 2004, SectionFormat and PageFormat standards.
“Every day architects and designers have to manage risk,” said Jonathan Miller. “The Green GuideSpecs not only offer environmental benefits to the user, but also provide users the benefit of reducing their risk by practicing “due care” to not use illegal wood - a critical component of complying with the U.S. Lacey Act.” Under the recently amended U.S. Lacey Act, if you “knowingly” engage in prohibited conduct by trading in illegally sourced wood, you have committed a Criminal felony with a big fine. Miller suggests you “Know your source, and get timber from vetted sources. The Green GuideSpecs are a valuable tool to do just that.”
Click to read an article by Jonathan Miller titled "Why Certified Wood?"
We hope you find each Green GuideSpec section valuable and welcome your feedback. To contact us, email us at email@example.com or call (802) 828-1260.
Notice: The following guide specification may be used and distributed provided that copies include this cover and references to JMMa Specs, VSJF and the Sustainable Wood Guide Specification project. Re-packaging or sale of this Guide Specification is not permitted.
Last Updated: August 20, 2009
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