SBC is aware of the importance of its green awareness.Certified cedar supply, as well as responsible and sustainable development of forest resources are supported.
All SBC cedar comes from serious suppliers who are mostly FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) certified. Therefore, agreements on sustainable forest management have been signed and the supply of certified wood products according to the FSC and SFI strict standards are promoted.
Thanks to SBC manufacturing principles and its one-site plant, all combustion source emissions are minimized. The transformation or all waste into horticultural mulch is a great example of this principle. The proximity of suppliers is also considered an asset. As a consequence, SBC products are considered in many ways for the LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program, for both Eastern Canada and North Eastern United States.
Finally, SBC encourages biodiversity and does not buy any product which comes from regions with endangered ecosystems.
An ecological choice – A renewable resource
Did you know that: A wooden house contributes to reduce greenhouse effect emissions. Wooden constructions are the only sustainable stock pile, with an important carbon dioxide volume. 1 m3 of wood retains 1 ton of CO2.
A growing forest absorbs CO2, but a mature forest does not anymore. Thus, to bonify the positive effects of forest growth, human beings must:
Did you know that: Wood is a low cost energy material.
Comparisons of CO2 emissions, associated to the fabrication of a beam:
Did you know that: SBC has environmental concerns.
Did you know that: Proper use of mulch helps improve the environment.
Mother Nature is proud of SBC.
Patrick Moore is a Greenpeace co-founder and chairman of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd. in Vancouver:
"A material that’s both highly sustainable and practical from a cost perspective is wood. Wood is the most abundant renewable building material on earth. Wood demand keeps land forested that might otherwise be permanently cleared. Trees soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, reducing greenhouse gases associated with climate change." Greenspirit Strategies Ltd., September 7, 2004
"As a lifelong environmentalist, I say trees can solve many of the world’s sustainability challenges. Forestry is the most sustainable of all the primary industries that provide us with energy and materials. Rather than cutting fewer trees and using less wood, … ought to promote the growth of more trees and the use of more wood." The Vancouver Sun, August 29, 2007
"North Americans are the world’s largest per-capita wood consumers and yet our forests cover approximately the same area of land as they did 100 years ago. According to the United Nations, our forests have expanded nearly 10 million acres over the past decade." The Vancouver Sun, August 29, 2007
"To address climate change, we must use more wood, not less. Using wood sends a signal to the marketplace to grow more trees and to produce more wood. That means we can then use less concrete, steel and plastic – heavy carbon emitters through their production. Trees are the only abundant, biodegradable and renewable global resource." The Vancouver Sun, August 29, 2007.
A bold approach to sustainable forest management.
Green rating system for building construction and renovation.
There are four categories of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. These ratings are based on an accumulation of points in areas such as:
The highest the level of certification a building receives, the greenest elements it has incorporated.
(1) SBC mulch used for landscaping minimizes watering because it preserves soil moisture.
(2) SBC shingles allow to obtain LEED® points. Wooden products are considered among the most sustainable construction material and are a main element to any environmental program. For commercial constructions, wood is not only considered renewable, but also perceived as a first choice material for various applications.
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