News Analysis

LEED Pilots Legal Wood, Expansion of Certified Wood

A pilot credit calls attention to illegal logging while also opening LEED to SFI and other certifications.

April 7, 2016

Many new buildings—including, presumably, many LEED buildings—contain illegally harvested wood. LEED has no requirement for project teams to vet non-certified timber sources when specifying wood products.

A new alternative compliance path (ACP), now available throughout the LEED rating systems as a pilot credit, aims to address the issue of sourcing illegal wood. The credit, Legal Wood, encourages market testing and feedback that may be used to develop and refine a future LEED prerequisite prohibiting illegal wood and fiber.