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Building Materails Matter: How Green Rating Systems, Codes and Sourcing Practice

Format On Demand: Online
Offered by Hanley Wood, LLC
Category Materials and resources

This program can be viewed as an online course with audio or downloaded as a PDF article. A portion of the article was published inthe October 2012 print and digital editions of ARCHITECT magazine; the entire article is available to download at

As a building material, responsibly-sourced wood contributes to efficient construction and operation. This program discusses today's prevalent green rating systems, building codes and standards as they relate to ensuring responsible building practices. Also covered is the sustainable sourcing of building products, focusing on wood, its economic, social and environmental implications, and how it factors into rating systems, codes and sourcing practices.

This program has no prerequisite requirements and isappropriate for any professional interested in sustainable building practices, or in particular wood materials in sustainable design.


1. Discuss green rating systems, building codes and standards.
2. Describe chain of custody methods and certifications of wood.
3. Explain sustainable forest management.
4. List the social, economic and environmental implications of wood as a building material.

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CE Hours 1.0
AIA/CES (LU) 1.0