Bayou City Lumber Certified to Sell FSC Lumber to Maintain Forest Sustainability

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Forest Stewardship Council Lumber Certification awarded to Bayou City Lumber.

This recent announcement signifies the company's persistent commitment to "green," or eco-friendly, building...

Houston-based construction products company Bayou City Lumber recently announced its decision to start selling lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which is better known as the FSC. This recent announcement signifies the company's persistent commitment to "green," or eco-friendly, building in the United States.

Operating in more than 80 countries—and with its U.S. headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota—the FSC is an international organization dedicated to the efficient management of the world's forests. The vision of the organization is to meet consumer needs without compromising the health or existence of forests. To this end, the FSC has set standards for responsible forest management with its pair of FSC certification programs. The FSC Forest Management certification confirms that the company is managing a specific forest area according to the organization's principles, while the FSC Chain-of-Custody certification ensures that FSC-certified materials is being identified or kept separated from non-certified ones throughout the supply chain.

Selling FSC-certified material means that Bayou City Lumber can earn more points from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is meant to help companies in the building industry be environmentally conscious and efficient users of resources. LEED certification has four levels of certification: Certified, which requires 40 to 49 points; Silver, which requires 50 to 59 points; Gold, which requires 60 to 79 points; and Platinum, which requires 80 points or more.

The FSC certification process is a demanding and expensive one, thus keeping several lumber yards away. Bayou City Lumber is currently one of the few lumber companies in Houston, Texas, that is certified to sell FSC lumber. It also has one of the largest inventories in the state, in a yard that spans 8.5 acres.

About Bayou City Lumber:
Since 1994, Bayou City Lumber has served the Houston metropolitan area with high-quality materials for residential and corporate construction projects. The company is best known for its wide variety of selected lumbers. It also provides decking, fire retardants, piers, pilings, and poles. Bayou City Lumber's commitment to green construction efforts are recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council through its LEED certification program. Bayou City Lumber is headquartered at 11106 Telephone Road, Houston, TX 77075. Clients interested in the company's products and services can call 713-991-2377 or 1-888-863-2594.

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