Building Green with Wood
Our Wood Products business, offers several solutions to meet the needs
of builders committed to green construction (in 2011, we changed our wood products business name from iLevel back to Weyerhaeuser
Wood Products). Most products and services are eligible for points under most major green-building standards. Also available
are leading products, software and support services for builders to help them meet the requirements of these standards,
including ENERGY STAR®.
ENERGY-EFFICIENT MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
Weyerhaeuser's Wood Products business is making it easier for builders to construct homes using more energy-efficient materials
and techniques. In 2011, we introduced the Insulated Series in select markets to help meet the new 2011 federal ENERGY STAR®
Homes and 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. This integrated set of preassembled headers, rim board and corners
deliver higher insulating values, reduce thermal bridging and optimize materials and labor.
Our Wood Products business promotes innovative construction techniques, such as NextPhase® Site Solutions, which can
reduce jobsite waste by up to 50 percent by optimizing design, material cuts and assembly. Builders using NextPhase can
receive credits under major green building standards, including the National Green Building Standard™ and LEED®
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BULIDERS "GREEN" DESIGNATION
Our entire wood products line was the first to receive a "green" designation from the National Association of Home Builders
(NAHB) Research Center and was certified in early 2009 for use under the National Green Building Standard™. Green
credits are pre-approved by NAHB and then a certificate is given to builders as proof of the green characteristics of our
wood products. The builder can use those certificates with code authorities and others to obtain 'green' designations. As
this standard continues to grow in popularity, we are proud to have been one of its earliest supporters and adopters.
PRODUCT LINE CERTIFICATION
We were also the first manufacturer to have our entire wood products line independently certified for sustainability by
the ICC Evaluation Service® under its innovative SAVE™ Program (Sustainable Attributes Verification and Evaluation).
The certification, first achieved in September 2009, includes verification of sustainable sourcing and production, as well
as an evaluation of how wood products solutions can be eligible for points under major green building standards, including
the NAHB/ICC® National Green Building Standard, the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), Green
Globes™ and several of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® versions, including:
- LEED for Homes 2008
- LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations
- LEED 2009 for Schools
- LEED 2009 for Core and Shell Development
- LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors
- LEED for Existing Buildings 2008
The ICC-ES SAVE certification introduces a common standard for green-building eligible products and simplifies the green
building process for builders using our wood products. We also offer companion software programs and support services to
further improve structural frame efficiency and minimize waste.
Sustainability in Action
Lyptus decking gets a royal welcome
It's the world's most famous garden event. Britain's Chelsea Flower Show attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each
year, including Queen Elizabeth, other royalty, and high-profile celebrities — as well as people who do their own
The Chelsea exhibition showcases gardens that push the boundaries of design and architectural vision. In 2011, Weyerhaeuser's
Brazilian-grown Lyptus® hardwood was helping with that push. Lyptus decking was used in a garden commissioned by His Serene
Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and created by award-winning designer Sarah Eberle.
The Monaco Garden is an attempt to weave together landscape and architecture. It offers aesthetic and environmentally sustainable
solutions to high-density living. Lyptus perfectly highlights the deck, overhead fascias, and a cantilevered staircase.
"Lyptus decking," says Eberle, "provided the warmth of color we needed to recreate the Mediterranean environment but, importantly
for the ethos of the garden, is backed up by proven environmental credentials."
Lyptus decking is produced using fast-growing plantation eucalyptus from certified forests that are sustainably managed.
It's a great alternative to the traditional tropical species often used for hardwood decking.
At the show, a new Lyptus distribution agreement with a national merchant chain was signed and a BBC presenter reported
that the product was "set to revolutionize decking in our landscapes and gardens."
"Lyptus has been fully tested," says Phil Leupold, Weyerhaeuser’s director of international sales and marketing, "and shown
to perform as a decking product in the European climate. Its success at the Chelsea Flower Show will hopefully give it the
platform from which to grow as a leading hardwood decking in this market."