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Sustainable Wood Guide Specification

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?"

The Result:

We hope you find each Green GuideSpec section valuable and welcome your feedback. To contact us, email us at greenspecfeedback@vsjf.org 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

  • 060530 Certified Wood Short Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 060530 Certified Wood Long Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 061003 Certified Rough Carpentry II Short Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 061003 Certified Rough Carpentry II Long Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 061603 Certified Wood Sheathing Short Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 061603 Certified Wood Sheathing Long Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 061703 Certified Shop-Fabricated Structural Wood Short Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 061703 Certified Shop-Fabricated Structural Wood Long Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 062003 Certified Finish Carpentry Short Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 062003 Certified Finish Carpentry Long Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 064003 Certified Architectural Woodwork Short Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 064003 Certified Architectural Woodwork Long Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 085203 Certified Wood Windows Short Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 085203 Certified Wood Windows Long Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 096403 Certified Wood Flooring Short Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 096403 Certified Wood Flooring Long Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 125083 Certified Wood Furniture Short Form (DOC, PDF)
  • 125083 Certified Wood Furniture Long Form (DOC, PDF)
Funding for this project has been provided by the Vermont Community Foundation’s Sustainable Communities grant program, the Eagleridge Fund, and the Sustainable Future Fund, and project partners.