Responsible sourcing of wood products starts with answering the basic question: Where does your wood come from? Knowing the origin of your wood – the country, province, or even forest where the timber was cut – is the first necessary step to find out whether your wood has been legally sourced.
For this reason, LEED has created a new pilot credit, recognizing project teams who look into their supply chains and report on the origin of the wood in their projects. This credit was developed by the US Green Building Council, in cooperation with leading environmental NGOs.
This website provides additional information about this credit, links for project teams to upload origin data about wood products in their projects, and guidance on submitting samples for scientific analysis.
The LEED Innovation Credit: Timber Traceability
The new LEED pilot Timber Traceability Innovation Credit is aimed at encouraging the development of practices and technologies that reduce the risk that wood products used in LEED projects were illegally sourced. This credit rewards projects that declare the forest source of the wood used, and which make use of innovative technologies to check this origin. Detailed information about this credit can be found at the USGBC website
Apply for the Timber Traceability Credit
1. Complete and submit the Credit Calculator
Project teams can use the USGBC Credit Calculator to add information about the types of wood products used, and their species and value. Teams should upload these Credit Calculators to USGBC and using the form at the bottom of this page.
2. Send samples for scientific testing
Project teams are required to send samples of all wood products used to obtain this credit for scientific analysis of species and/or geographical origin. New technologies (link to our new tech page) including the use of stable isotopes, DNA, wood anatomy and mass spectrometry are under active development, and are already able to provide accurate information about the species and/or geographic origin of many wood species in many types of finished products. Participation of project teams in the Timber Traceability LEED pilot credit will help to advance the further development of these technologies.
Upon submission of the Credit Calculator, WoodOrigin will assess the most appropriate technologies that can provide accurate results based on the particular product and wood species. WoodOrigin will then contact project teams to determine the size and number of samples to be sent for scientific testing (certain technologies require a larger sample size for accurate results) and the cost to test the samples.