“The potential certified wood supply chain bottleneck and its impact on leadership in energy and environmental design construction projects in New York State”

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Author Information : Patrick Penfield (Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University)
René H. Germain (Forest and Natural Resources Management, SUNY ESF)

Year of Publication : Forest Products Journal (2010)

Summary of Findings : Architects are very knowledgeable about Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wood and would like to incorporate it into their designs and, although architects prefer to buy locally, many must procure FSC wood outside of New York state, which results in them paying a premium price for FSC wood, potentially impacting their decision to use it on future LEED construction projects.

Research Questions : 1. How is FSC-certified wood being used by architects working on LEED projects?

2. Are architects having difficulty acquiring such wood in New York state?

What we know : Sustainability is playing a larger role in how we construct buildings. Many organizations are trying to reduce the life-cycle costs of their buildings by using "green building" practices. Currently, the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program dominates the building certification scheme. Most new construction projects require a substantial amount of wood. The only approved wood source that can help qualify new construction for LEED certification is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood. Given the dramatic increase in new green construction, this study assessed the availability and use of FSC wood in LEED certification projects throughout New York State (NYS).

Novel Findings : Architects are very knowledgeable about Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wood and would like to incorporate it into their designs and, although architects prefer to buy locally, many must procure FSC wood outside of New York state, which results in them paying a premium price for FSC wood, potentially impacting their decision to use it on future LEED construction projects.

Implications for Practice : New York state sawmills could have a potential business opportunity in producing more FSC lumber.

Full Citations : René H. Germain and Patrick C. Penfield (2010) The Potential Certified Wood Supply Chain Bottleneck and Its Impact on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Construction Projects in New York State. Forest Products Journal: March 2010, Vol. 60, No. 2, pp. 114-118.

http://www.forestprodjournals.org/doi/abs/10.13073/0015-7473-60.2.114

Abstract : Sustainability is playing a larger role in how we construct buildings. Many organizations are trying to reduce the life-cycle costs of their buildings by using “green building” practices. Currently, the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program dominates the building certification scheme. Most new construction projects require a substantial amount of wood. The only approved wood source that can help qualify new construction for LEED certification is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)–certified wood. Given the dramatic increase in new green construction, this study assessed the availability and use of FSC wood in LEED certification projects throughout New York State (NYS). We surveyed architects working on LEED projects to determine how FSC-certified wood was used and if they were having difficulty acquiring such wood. We suspected a green supply chain bottleneck at the sawmill level may impact end users in the LEED certification process. Our results indicate that architects are very knowledgeable about FSC wood and would like to incorporate it into their designs. We found no issues in sourcing FSC wood for LEED projects. Although architects prefer to buy locally, many must procure FSC wood outside of NYS. Many architects are paying a premium price for FSC wood, which may impact their decision to use it on future LEED construction projects.

Architects are very knowledgeable about Forest Stewardship Council wood but many must procure FSC wood outside of NYS, resulting in paying a premium price for FSC wood.

Patrick Penfield

Patrick Penfield

Professor Penfield is an assistant professor of supply chain management practice. He is interested in helping practitioners bring their supply chain management activities into the 21st century. Penfield was most recently the vice president of operations for a local manufacturing company and has more than 15 years of experience in supply chain management, working with Johnson & Johnson, Philips Electronics, and The Raymond/Toyota Corporation.
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