One of the questions we often get from our clients is “Why does Jetton Construction always use FSC lumber”. Our answer is that it’s one of the easiest first steps that we can take to help the environment as builders. FSC lumber helps support and promote better forest management and harvesting practices—and the total additional cost is usually only about 1-2% of overall project cost.
What is FSC?
The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. They have created a two-part certification system, the Forest Management Certification, which ensures that the forests are sustainably managed and the Chain of Custody Certification, which tracks the wood from harvest through distribution. Together, through the FSC program, producers and retailers make environmental stewardship a part of their bottom line.
Can I trust FSC?
The World Wildlife Fund considers the “FSC certification system to be the only credible system to ensure environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable management of forests”. Greenpeace International says that FSC certification helps “stop ancient forest destruction and promote ecologically and socially responsible management of the world's forests”.
Where can I buy FSC products?
Demand and interest in Green Building Products has never been higher. Most of our suppliers, including Fairfax Lumber, Beronio Lumber, Truitt and White, and Ashby Lumber all carry FSC products or can special order them within a few days. But still, they are cautious about moving into new markets and carrying large inventories of un-market tested products—especially in the current economic environment. That’s why having our clients demand these products is so important. The math is simple, the more green products we buy, the more our suppliers their manufacturers will bring to the market.