LEED compliance comes from knowing which resources are allowable. There’s variation even among a single type of material, like wood, and changing standards can make it difficult for some businesses to keep up.

In a recent press release, the United States Green Building Council announced that it has adjusted its requirements to allow for certified wood use in approved buildings. According to this source, applicants will now have to confirm that the wood they use in building projects is from a legal source.

The provider must also be responsible, though the standard allows for a little more leeway here, as only 70 percent of the product has to come from a responsible source. In the statement, President Kathy Abusow of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc., approved the new, sweeping additions to the standard, which come in the form of an “alternative compliance path.”

“We applaud leaders from the U.S. Green Building Council as this change across all LEED rating tools takes a stance against illegal wood and reinforces the value of certified and responsibly sourced forest products,” she said.

She added that her organization “employs rigorous standards that ensure not only a responsibly managed forest, but also that only legal sources of fiber are brought into SFI-certified supply chains.” The statement also referenced the need for proper forest management to develop high quality wood.

The SFI website lists other programs that recognize the SFI standard, aside from LEED: examples include the Green Building Initiative, BIFMA International and Green Globes. The source also mentions that wood is easy for builders to work with, in addition to being a renewable source that helps meet environmental goals.

Environmental office solutions providers will give companies access to guaranteed sources of high-quality furniture that helps them earn sustainability credits.