Forest Stewardship Council Awards Best Building Projects of 2012

       Forest Stewardship Council Awards Best Building Projects of 2012

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 15, 2012

Winners demonstrate forest protection and jobs go hand-in-hand

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Forest Stewardship
Council (FSC) announced winners of the 8^th Annual Design & Build with FSC
Awards last night at a special reception connected to Greenbuild 2012,
demonstrating that what's good for forests also benefits people and jobs.

The winners include a "Living Building" that is the first heavy timber
commercial building in Seattle since the 1920s, a traditional West Indian
cottage in the U.S. Virgin Islands and wood tables manufactured for Cisco
Systems' telecommunications products. The winning projects were chosen based
on extensive use of FSC-certified wood, impact on the marketplace, broader
contributions to sustainability, and aesthetics.

"FSC was created to prove we don't need to trade environmental protection for
economic development," said Corey Brinkema, President of FSC's U.S. office.
"We all use forest products every day, so we chose projects that show the wide
range of options and benefits from using wood from responsibly managed
forests," he added.

The award winners include the following:

  oCommercial / Institutional Winner - The Bullitt Center, Seattle, WA
  oCommercial / Institutional Honorable Mention – Hotel et Geos Spa
    Sacacomie, Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, Quebec
  oJudges Choice Commercial / Institutional – Woodtech, Oakland, CA
  oResidential Winner – Big Rock Cottage, St. John, USVI

"In 1999 we made our first commitment to buy and sell FSC wood," said Ron
Jarvis, Vice President of Merchandising and Sustainability at The Home Depot,
who added, "Today FSC has come of age and the winning projects show you can
have it all; quality, good value and environmental protection. Here in the San
Francisco Bay Area, we're pleased to offer FSC-certified lumber exclusively in
all of our stores." The Home Depot is the Platinum sponsor of Design & Build
with FSC at Greenbuild. Other sponsors include Andersen Corporation and
Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

As the U.S. Green Building Council debates credits for wood in its LEED
program, the award winners show the positive impact of high standards for
forest protection. Over the past 10 years, the Certified Wood credit in LEED
has helped conserve more than 100 million acres of forests in the U.S. and
Canada through FSC certification.

"LEED may well be the single biggest driver of forest conservation in
history," said Corey Brinkema. "It is critical to keep a strong preference for
FSC in the next version of LEED."

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Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent nonprofit organization that
sets standards for responsible forest management. FSC's mission is to meet our
current needs for forest products without compromising the health of the
world's forests for future generations. For more information visit

SOURCE Forest Stewardship Council

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