June 10, 2009 in Uncategorized
FSC-Certified Bamboo Now Qualifies for LEED Credit MRc7
USGBC credit interpretation request results in ruling that enables
FSC-certified bamboo building products (flooring, plywood, veneers) to
be recognized within LEED Certified Wood credit
Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 3, 2009 — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) on April 22 ruled that Forest Stewardship Council FSC-certified bamboo
plywood and flooring can now be included in calculations under Credit
MRc7: Certified Wood, for projects seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design) certification.
The ruling followed a credit interpretation request (CIR) submitted by a project team who specified Smith & Fong's Plyboo®
FSC-certified bamboo flooring for a multi-use project in North
Carolina. After reviewing the CIR the USGBC determined the bamboo
products specified for the project had been harvested and sourced by a
supplier that possessed the necessary and current certifications from
the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and the CIR was consistent with
the credit intent to, "encourage environmentally responsible forest
encourage environmentally responsible forest management.
We couldn't be more pleased with the USGBC's ruling
be recognized by LEED provides the ultimate validation for all the
years of work we undertook to prove the sustainability of bamboo as a
The CIR review concluded that bamboo is often used in many of the same
applications as wood products, and is considered by the FSC to be a
forest product despite its technical classification as a grass. Going
forward FSC-certified bamboo building products (flooring, plywood,
veneers) will be recognized within LEED's MRc7 Credit.
"We couldn't be more pleased with the USGBC's ruling," Smith &
Fong president and founder Dan Smith said. "To be recognized by LEED
provides the ultimate validation for all the years of work we undertook
to prove the sustainability of bamboo as a building material."
Smith & Fong received certification for its bamboo
resources–the world's first non-wood product certified in accordance
with the FSC's guidelines–in April 2008. The company's certified
Plyboo products qualify for the FSC Pure designation, as they are
100-percent FSC material from an FSC-certified forest and have been
sold and/or processed by an FSC chain-of-custody certified company.
Smith & Fong's sources use no irrigation, pesticides or fertilizers
in growing their bamboo.
The exact wording of the USGBC's CIR ruling can be found here: usgbc.org/LEED/Credit/CIRMain.aspx?VID=2. Access to the CIR pages requires a username and password.
Founded in 1989 and headquartered in San Francisco, Smith & Fong
Co. was the first U.S. company to manufacture bamboo flooring in China
for sale in North America, offering its initial product under the brand
name Plyboo in 1993. In 1996 the firm began producing bamboo plywood,
followed by coconut palm flooring and plywood products in 2000. Smith
& Fong is committed to sustainability through innovation. For
information call 866-835-9859 or visit plyboo.com.
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