Sourcing materials from New England’s 33 million acres of forest presents an opportunity to reduce shipping distances (thus lessening a building’s embodied energy) and to directly support the socio-economic sustainability of local communities. This session will explore the design advantages—and challenges—of sourcing local forest products, referencing case studies throughout New England. Participants will learn about navigating structural code, LEED and Living Building Challenge ratings, searching for suppliers, specifying wood by application, and sourcing wood from trees growing onsite. Participants are welcome to contribute their own experiences working with local wood during the discussion.
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