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As part of our mission to support Pacific Northwestern mills and the rural communities that depend on them, Sustainable Northwest Wood searched long and hard for a supplier of locally harvested, FSC certified plywood.
We now keep it in stock at our warehouse in Southeast Portland, where we carry AC and CDX grades in a variety of thicknesses, as well as maple hardwood panels.
The plywood we offer is harvested from FSC forests in Northern California and milled in Oregon's Umpqua Valley. In addition to being FSC certified and locally grown, our plywood is also NAUF, or no added urea formaldehyde, which means it won't off-gas carcinogenic fumes into your new construction.
According to the EPA, "In homes, the most significant sources of formaldehyde are likely to be pressed wood products made using adhesives that contain urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins." Why does urea formaldehyde matter? In addition to being a suspected cancer-causing agent, formaldehyde has been implicated in increasing rates of asthma and other respiratory problems.
NAUF plywood helps LEED-registered projects achieve additional points for Indoor Air Quality and is acceptible for use with the Living Building Challenge. Our NAUF plywood also complies with California's CARB regulations.
The Desert Rain home, a Living Building Challenge project that is under construction in Bend, is forging new frontiers in sustainable design. In addition to being net-zero energy, the home will collect and process all of its water needs. An ADU is being constructed on the property, next to the main house, which is also being built to meet the criteria of the Living Building Challenge.
Sustainable Northwest Wood is proud to be the provider of the FSC lumber for this project, in partnership with Parr Lumber Company. A site visit today showed the FSC certified Doug fir framing in full glory, as well as the sill plate, for which FSC Western Red Cedar was chosen.
Cedar isn't typically used for sill plate; contractors most often work with pressure-treated fir. In this project, though, cedar was chosen because it is naturally durable without the need for any added synthetic chemicals -- it will bear the weight of this home while naturally preventing the decay of its most sensitive structural components.
This FSC 100% Western Red Cedar was sourced from Zigzag, OR, where it was super-selectively harvested as part of a restorative forestry management program at the Homestead Girl Scout Camp.
The Desert Rain home was designed by Tozer Design and is being built by Timberline Construction.
Photos: Top, FSC 100% Cedar sill plate; bottom, the ADU's interior gets framed.
Looking for a reliable, easy, affordable source for lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council?
Look no further than Sustainable Northwest Wood! Our large inventory of high-quality FSC dimensional lumber is kept in Southeast Portland, just around the corner from McCoy Millworks.
We've got 2x, 4x, and 6x Douglas fir, as well as pressure-treated lumber (we use copper azole) and many thicknesses and grades of plywood (no added urea formaldehyde).
And, because it's coming from us, you know that it's all locally sourced, coming from sustainably managed forests in Oregon, Southern Washington, and Northern California.
Support our local economy by buying locally grown and milled wood -- this is the best way to keep those dollars in the Pacific Northwest, where they belong.
And be sure to choose FSC certified wood whenever you can. Here's why.