Structurlam first Canadian company certified to SFI green standard

Will use certification to expand its timber products into new markets.

Multi-layer timber product replace concrete in construction projects.
Photo: Structurlam

PENTICTON, BC — Structurlam is the first Canadian manufacturer of cross-laminated timber (CLT) to be certified to the SFI 2015 2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard.

CLT is a multi-layer timber product spanning two directions that provides a secure, airtight, lighter than concrete construction material used for any floor, wall, roof or core.

The SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard, administered by the non-profit Sustainable Forestry Initiative, tracks certified forest fibre content through production and manufacturing to the end product.

It applies to the supply chains of more than 740 organizations, representing more than 2,000 sites, in 45 US states, seven Canadian provinces and 23 countries.

Structurlam, a timber manufacturer in Penticton, BC, has manufactured the wood product for six years and supplied it to more than 350 North American projects.

The wood looks nice but there’s also a green benefit. Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, sequestering and storing the carbon while producing oxygen, which reduces greenhouse gases and improves air quality.

“We’re looking forward to leveraging our SFI chain-of-custody certification to expand into new markets,” said Bill Downing, president of Structurlam.

The CLT is manufactured at its Penticton facility in Southern BC’s Okanagan region.

The company is part of a global movement to use wood in mid- and high-rise buildings and has a showcase project at the University of British Columbia’s Brock Commons.

The 18-storey student residence stands at 53 metres, the tallest wood structure in the world, completed in just 66 days. More than 460 CLT panels and 1,300 Glulam columns (manufactured by gluing together individual pieces of lumber) were used.

Wood products sold as certified under the SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard are good for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits through the LEED Alternative Compliance Path, or credits through the Green Globes Rating System.

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