Volume 13, Issue 9 - November/December 2012

M&M News and Products

Georgia Governor Says LEED Rating System is Unfair to Wood Materials
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has issued an executive order directing new or expanded state buildings to incorporate green building standards. These standards would give certification credits equally to forest products grown, manufactured and certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

“For the past 50 years, Georgia has led the nation in commercially available, private-owned timberlands and is a national leader in the growing and processing of wood construction materials,” says Deal. “The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system unfairly awards its wood certification credits only to products certified under one standard. Recognizing all forest certifications equally will promote sustainable forestry in our state and will help create thousands of jobs while maintaining our strong outdoor heritage.”

The SFI, which has long tried to convince the USGBC to recognize other certification programs, applauded Gov. Deal’s efforts. According to the SFI, three-quarters of North America’s certified forests and almost 99 percent of Georgia’s certified forests are certified to SFI or the American Tree Farm System, and therefore ineligible for LEED’s certified wood credit.

“We applaud Gov. Deal’s action for recognizing certified wood and forest products [as] critical to the future of our forests, economic development and environmental well-being,” says Kathy Abusow, SFI president and CEO. “Fifteen governors have now sent a strong message to USGBC.

Likewise, Jeff Inks, vice president, code and regulatory affairs for the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), also agrees with the Georgia governor’s executive order.

“WDMA supports the use of accredited wood certification programs to qualify for wood certification credits,” says Inks. “We do not believe there is any justification for limiting wood certification credit eligibility to FSC certified products only as LEED currently does. Georgia’s action is another signal that that isn’t acceptable.”

In December, 2011, the Governor of Maine signed a similar executive order that called for the use of green building rating systems that give equal credit to all forest certification standards. Likewise, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new program last year to promote wood in green building.

AZEK Parent Company Acquires TimberTech
CPG International Inc., parent company of AZEK Building Products, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire TimberTech, a subsidiary of the Crane Group and a manufacturer of decking, railing and accessory products. Tanny Crane, president of the Crane Group, said she is confident that the acquisition positions TimberTech well for future growth and the company will continue to be a leader.

CertainTeed Offers Easy Installation

CertainTeed has developed its Restoration Millwork Cortex hidden fastening system which can be used with the company’s Restoration Millwork PVC trim in thicknesses of 5/8- to 5/4-inch. Each package includes fasteners, plugs and setting tools and is available in 50, 250 and 750 lineal foot packages. Fasteners can be used with Restoration Millwork in both smooth and TrueTexture finishes and can be painted.Installation requires a standard 18-volt cordless impact drill, setting the fastener perpendicular to the trimboard using the custom setting tool and driving it in. The process is finished by setting the cellular PVC trim plug into the hole, then tapping it until it is flush with the trimboard. Once applied, Cortex concealed fasteners are almost invisible, according to the company.

Partnering for High-Quality Products
Lamboo Inc. of Springfield, Ill., and Attica Millwork Inc. of Attica, N.Y., recently announced their partnership, through which Lamboo is supplying Attica with its Lamboo Design series.

According to the release, through this partnership with Attica, Lamboo seeks to combine high-performance bamboo products with the most advanced engineered system in the market today.


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