The U.S. Green Building Council has introduced a Timber Traceability LEED pilot credit. It is designed to increase transparency in timber supply chains and reduce the risk of illegally harvested wood entering the buildings industry supply chain, says USGBC.
The development of the pilot credit was led by a team of timber legality, forestry and environmental representatives from organizations recognized for leading the fight against illegal logging, including the Environmental Investigation Agency and World Wildlife Fund.
Major wood products importing countries have adopted legislation intended to combat illegal logging by making it a crime to source and trade wood that was not legally produced in the country of origin, says USGBC.
The new pilot credit is designed to align with and support existing LEED credits and alternative compliance paths that deal with wood as well as other widely accepted approaches to the exercise of due care.