To fully align with the Responsible Sourcing Imperative within the Materials Petal of the Living Building Challenge, all wood containing products are required to confirm compliance with one of the following:
- FSC Chain of Custody (documentation upload required for reference)
- According to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), FSC Chain of Custody is “a certification which traces the path of products from forests through the supply chain, verifying that FSC-certified material is identified or kept separated from non-certified material throughout the chain.”
- REF: https://us.fsc.org/en-us/certification/chain-of-custody-certification
- Salvaged Wood Content
- Salvaged wood is defined as wood already extracted from the forest and used for some purpose. Down and dead trees are not considered salvaged.
- Low Risk Wood
- Low risk is defined as a source country with a score of 80 or higher as reported on The Nature, Economy and People Connected tool, where the country has laws and a low rating for both the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and Protected Sites and Species Sub-categories, and laws in at least 13 additional Sub-categories, including one law in each of the five Categories.
- Note: The laws assessed can be found by clicking on the country image on the map and downloading the Timber Legality Risk Assessment. Each Risk Assessment contains a summary table of the findings, which identifies the Legal Categories and Sub-categories assessed. An entry of N/A on the table means that the country does not have laws related to the Sub-category.
- One or more Responsible Sourcing Exceptions
If a wood containing product is unable to confirm compliance with one of the above, it will not be considered compliant with the Responsible Sourcing Imperative of the Living Building Challenge, and will be identified as such on the Declare label.
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