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It IS Easy Being Green

Wikipedia.com defines “green building” as, “a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition.”  McGraw-Hill Construction recently reported that green building will be a $135 billion market by the year 2015,1 leading many to believe that “green” is quickly becoming the only way to go.

In the USA, there are over 100 green rating agencies, broken into three major categories:
Certification of People
USGBC’s LEED AP System, NAHB Certified Green Professional (CGP) System, Certified Green Dealer Program
Certification of Structures
USGBC’s LEED Standard, ENERGY STAR, NAHB’s National Green Building Standard, International Green Construction Code (IgCC)
Certification of Products
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), GREENGUARD, SFI Inc, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) 1

As John Wagner states in his article, “you cannot buy your way to LEED Gold rating; you must build your way to LEED Gold using compliant products in a great building system.”Therefore, to become a certified builder or dealer, or have a structure certified, you must start with certified products – this is where we come in.

Belco Forest Products has completed the Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification process and offers a variety of FSC-certified, doug fir, dimensional framing lumber.  As a manufacturer in the FSC supply chain, Belco has the ability to make FSC-certified studs, FSC-certified Armor Coat® Trim & Fascia and FSC-Certified Shelton Specialties Pattern Stock.

When it comes to pre-finishing, Belco only uses 100% acrylic paints and primers which emit less VOC’s than oil-alkyd alternatives.  Plus, pre-finishing in a controlled factory setting limits the impact of the paint fumes on the environment.  The color match caulking we provide to pre-finish customers is based on terpolymer technology, an alternative to silicone and urethane adhesives, and meet all federal VOC regulations.

Lastly, Belco’s entire manufacturing process is aimed at minimizing fiber waste.  Fall down is merged into other product lines and all excess scraps are fed to a HOG that reduces everything to wood chips, which are then sold to bio-fuel manufacturers.

Although green building sounds difficult because of the rules and regulations, it can be as simple as keeping the following principles in mind: “Use less energy; use less water; don’t poison the air anywhere; avoid buying things that poison the world when they are made or shipped; buy from responsible manufacturers.”

Belco – your partner in the green building movement.

 

1 “Third-Party Green Certifications: There’s a Rising Number of Third-Party Green Certifications,” John D. Wagner.  LBM Journal, January 2011, Pgs 40-44
2 “Nine Practical, Old-School Steps to Go Green,” John F. Wagner.  LBM Journal, February 2011, Pg 18

Posted on: Mar 24 2011 04:22 PM by Julie Bradley