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Introducing Duralife Siesta Hardwood Blends Decking

April 20, 2011

Do you want the look of tropical hardwoods, but the low maintenance of a composite deck?  Gaf has the solution for you!   DuraLife’s New Hardwood Decking boards offer the beauty of finished tropical hardwood. They come in four natural, easy- to-maintain earth tones, Brazilian Cherry, Garapa Gray, Golden Teak, and Tropical Walnut. The Siesta

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LEED Certified Building Increases

April 14, 2011

Schutte Lumber provides builders with FSC certified lumber. These products are a great foundation for those aiming to meet LEED certification. The number of LEED certified homes has reach 10,000—a remarkable milestone—but more can be done to make our nation greener. American buildings are the cause of 39% of CO2 emissions. They use 40% of

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FSC Socially Responsible Forestry, Pt. 2

April 2, 2011

The FSC aims to practice sustainable, socially responsible forestry practices. In our last post we explored FSC policies for forest communities. Now, let’s take a look at the FSC’s efforts to support and protect forest workers’ rights. For FSC wood to become certified, the conditions of the workers who harvest the product must be in

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FSC Socially Responsible Forestry, Pt. 1

March 31, 2011

The FSC takes many factors into consideration before certifying any type of lumber with its seal. One such factor includes policies that are respectful toward the indigenous communities who inhabit the land where the lumber is being harvested. The FSC provides policy guidance that interprets the national and sub-national standards in simplified terms. These help

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Creative Short Term Projects with Scrap Wood

March 16, 2011

Schutte Lumber supports sustainable practices. We encourage you to find creative uses for scrap wood found around your home. Here are a few suggestions for projects that are short on time and high on impact. Cutting Boards: Cutting boards are the perfect project for maple, oak, and cherry remnants (exclude woods that are soft and

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Building Terms – I-Joists and LVLs

August 24, 2010

I-Joists and LVLs are becoming more and more popular as framing options, but do you know what they are? I-Joists are classified as an Engineered Wood Product.  They replace the use of solid dimension lumber in places like floors and roofs.  Prefabricated wood I-joists utilize the geometry of the “I” cross-section and high-strength components to

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Carpentry Skills Handy for Eco-Friendly Design

August 4, 2010

With the popularity of home improvement TV shows such as Extreme Home Makeover and Trading Spaces, consumers have become more and more interested in do-it-yourself projects such as painting, replacing fixtures, and building custom furniture. These days, interior decorators, builders, and DIYers are turning their attention toward building with eco-friendly lumber such as sustainable bamboo

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Versatex Earns Green Certification

July 8, 2010

Versatex Trim Board, manufactured by Wolfpac Technologies, Inc,  has earned certification from NAHB Green Approved Products http://www.greenapprovedproducts.com/FindProducts.aspx/. Versatex now is the only PVC trim manufacturer that can claim both the NAHB Green Approved Products and National Code listing via CCRR-#0149.  Versatex can also contribute LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) points in three different categories. Versetex is a Cellular

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Being Seen as Eco-Friendly Critical to Recovery

May 20, 2010

We recently came across an article in The Globe and Mail about the Canadian forestry industry sector, and how they are racing to improve their environmental practices in order to meet the need by a growing number of corporations to provide eco-friendly products, when available. The move comes on the heels of conglomerates like Scholastic,

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Green Grows Affordable

April 29, 2010

Although “green design” has been a buzz word for the past few years, many people are likely to associate eco-friendly with expensive. But even big-box stores are making a foray into sustainable design, including Target, Ethan Allen, Crate & Barrel and La-Z-Boy. “Green furniture styles are evolving and expanding too,” according to the Denver Post.

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