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FSC-Certified Bamboo Eligible for Certified Wood LEED Credit

Since the summer of 2008, Smith & Fong of San Francisco has been offering bamboo plywood certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards (see

EBN May 2008). Now, the U.S. Green Building Council has declared that the FSC-certified bamboo can be counted toward the 50% certified wood requirement of Materials and Resources Credit 7 (MRc7) in LEED 2009.

According to the credit interpretation ruling, if project teams use certified bamboo to fulfill this requirement, all bamboo products in the building must be counted as part of the wood total. Using bamboo to fulfill MRc7 does not preclude teams from also using bamboo in pursuit of MRc6, which deals with rapidly renewable materials.

The credit interpretation ruling is available at; more information on the bamboo products is available at

Published June 30, 2009

Wendt, A. (2009, June 30). FSC-Certified Bamboo Eligible for Certified Wood LEED Credit. Retrieved from

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