Architect makes a strong case for building with wood
(5:23) Michael Green, founder of Michael Green Architecture in Vancouver and New York, is internationally recognized for his commitment for creating sustainable and environmentally responsible buildings for 21st century residential and commercial needs. Here are Michael's views of the role of wood in modern architecture.
Wood is naturally sustainable. Trees keep growing as long as you keep planting them. Roseburg’s Resource Department is made up of foresters, engineers, biometricians, biologists and technicians. They create harvesting and reforestation plans that protect the land and maximize timber productivity. Our managed forest landscape is both productive and diverse — healthy and full of vigorously-growing trees. In all, our foresters plant over five million new trees each year.
Roseburg was one of the first companies in the industry to produce particleboard from wood waste that was otherwise incinerated or dumped in landfills. In fact, our board facilities are some of the earliest and most recycling facilities in America. Our facilities in Oregon, Montana, Louisiana and Mississippi process and recycle 1.5 million tons of reclaimed wood waste annually, converting it into panels that sequester carbon.
For years, we've been recycling waste materials into clean energy through our biomass cogeneration facilities in Dillard, Oregon. We take wood waste from our own facilities as well as diverted wood waste from local landfills and produce clean energy for our manufacturing facilities, administrative offices and nearby communities.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Roseburg developed an Environmental Management System (EMS) at each of our manufacturing facilities. The approach is simple: to make environmental consideration a natural part of everyone’s job. This program is employee-driven, and calls on people to take personal responsibility for the environmental aspects of their jobs by identifying problems, documenting them, and using standard operating procedures to make improvements.
Roseburg offers one of the largest and most diverse selections of green building products in North America.
Over 150,000 acres of Roseburg timberland is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®, while all of Roseburg’s manufacturing facilities offer products with FSC® Chain-of-Custody certification.
Roseburg’s facilities manufacturing UltraBlend particleboard are third party certified to meet requirements of the Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) Sustainability Standard CPA 4-11. The standard requires compliance with the stringent California Air Resources Board (CARB) formaldehyde emissions regulation and to specifically defined environmental criteria in the fiber sourcing and manufacturing process for composite panels. Our panels meet or exceed all five criteria including: Carbon Footprint, Locally Sourced Fiber, Recycled, Recovered or Post-Consumer Fiber Content, Sustainable Use of Wood Fiber and Responsible Wood Sourcing. For more information, refer to the ECC program and our certificates.