I'm working on a LEED-certified building. Can I get credit for using Urbanwood?
Urbanwood is definitely a green product, suitable for any goal of sustainability. However, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System's materials and resources category currently only recognizes wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC certification is only used for products that come from forests with sustainably managed timber. Since Urbanwood is a reclaimed product, made from trees that were not harvested for timber, it does not qualify. We hope that LEED will soon realize that they are missing an excellent opportunity to promote reclaimed wood as another sustainable wood option.
In the meantime, there are a few ways to possibly still obtain LEED credits by using Urbanwood. Be sure to consult a LEED Accredited Professional as to whether your Urbanwood products can qualify for credits as recycled content, regional materials, or innovative design.
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Visit our Urbanwood Marketplaces to see the latest products in stock:
Recycle Ann Arbor's
2420 South Industrial Hwy.
Ann Arbor, MI
Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm
Sun: 10am - 2pm
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
101 Burton St.
Tues - Sat: 9am - 5pm
Habitat for Humanity
1605 Haslett Road
Tues - Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat: 8am - 4pm
The Urbanwood Project is coordinated by Recycle Ann Arbor and is a cooperative partnership with the Genesee County Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity Haslett ReStore, and local Urbanwood producers. This program was initially coordinated by the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council and received early financial support through grants from USDA Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center.