Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification has been a leading driver of global forest conservation since 1994, and the green building movement is a cornerstone of its success. The US Green Building Council's LEED rating system and the designers, specifiers and buildings who apply LEED standards play a critical role, as doing so rewards and promotes forest conservation.
Founded in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is North America’s largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer products. Columbia’s decorative interior veneers and panels are used in high-end cabinetry, fine furniture, architectural millwork and commercial fixtures. Columbia’s products are sold through a network of wholesale distributors, mass merchandisers and original equipment manufacturers from three distinct business units: plywood, veneer and global services.
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Thursday December 12, 2019 12:00 pm 1:00 pm EST
This course will better inform the architect and designer about decorative hardwood plywood in terms of its manufacture, uses, types, and sustainable attributes. The architect and the designer will gain an understanding of the different adhesives and core material options available, which options are more sustainable, and which options are most commonly used. Participants will also know what to look for in order to successfully specify decorative hardwood plywood and how the material can contribute to LEED & LBC projects
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Richard advises Columbia customers and specifiers about the use of its PureBond formaldehyde-free hardwood plywood in projects where sustainability and indoor air quality are priorities, including LEED projects. He regularly conducts green training seminars for architects, designers, distributors, and fabricators. Richard also works with a team on the development and sale of CFP’s specialty product offering. Richard graduated from North Carolina State University in 1995 with a B.S in Wood Products and a minor in Business Management. Richard is a founding member of the USGBC Piedmont Triad North Carolina Chapter and served on USGBC Southeast Regional council from 2008-2010