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What You Need to Know About the New LEED 4 Standard When Supplying Finished Wood Products to LEED Projects
Article by John D. Wagner - 9/8/2014 12:46:54 PM

The new LEED V4 standard calls for wood composites like MDF and particleboard to meet low formaldehyde emission standards. LEED didn’t write a new formaldehyde emissions standard. Instead, it relies ... Read More..

LEED Paperwork
Article by Rob Ziegelmeier - 8/24/2014 10:32:22 PM

One thing that has not changed on LEED projects since its inception is the volumes of paperwork required to justify your attempt to help the project earn specific credits. The other part that has not... Read More..

Health Product Declarations
Article by John D. Wagner - 8/1/2014 4:00:00 PM

You’ll Need to Know About Them on Any Project Associated with the LEED Building Standard. There is a new type of product declaration that’s increasingly part of LEED 4, and it’s called an HPD, or Hea... Read More..

Stainless Steel Fasteners: They Are Not All Alike
Article by John D. Wagner - 7/11/2014 4:00:00 PM

The aisles of your lumberyard, hardware store, or home center are overflowing with a wide range of choices among screws and fasteners. For galvanized products, there are three ratings—G90, G185, and ... Read More..

LEED—Where is it heading?
Article by Rob Ziegelmeier - 7/4/2014 4:00:00 PM

The changes in direction for the LEED programs from version 3 to version 4 are staggering. First, you need to recognize that LEED is available in over 80 countries and the new version was developed w... Read More..

What is Acetylized Wood?
Article by John D. Wagner - 6/6/2014 4:00:00 PM

Wood is popular because it’s versatile, affordable, and a regenerative natural resource. But it has three weaknesses: It absorbs water (becoming dimensionally unstable); it is food for insects and fun... Read More..

Forest Certification
Article by Rob Ziegelmeier - 5/23/2014 4:00:00 PM

I have been studying green building and its affect on the woodworking industry for over 15 years. During that time I have watched the wood industry being attacked on multiple fronts. For as long as I... Read More..

Wood—A Sustainable Building Material
Article by Rob Ziegelmeier - 5/20/2014 11:00:00 PM

I have been in the architectural woodwork industry for over 30 years and have always believed that wood is one of the most sustainable building products available to man. I tend to cringe when I hear... Read More..

PVC vs. Wood
Article by John D. Wagner - 5/2/2014 4:00:00 PM

Both Wood and Plastic Have a Strong Green Message. The sign of a really even argument is that it continues to rage, and one side never seems to put distance between itself and their opponent’s point ... Read More..

LEED v4 Diminishes Woodworker’s Potential Credits
Article by Rob Ziegelmeier - 3/28/2014 4:00:00 PM

The dramatic changes that have transpired in the material and resources section of LEED v4 have put custom woodworkers at an extreme disadvantage in helping projects earn these credits. Not only have... Read More..

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