“Green Building Rating Systems: How Wood Fits”



Project Completion Date

November 2010

Project Type

Light House Services

research study, curriculum development, training program delivery


Forestry Innovations Investment




Design Team

Project Summary

In 2009, Light House researched and prepared a report and accompanying PowerPoint presentation that examined 18 of the world’s leading green building rating systems in order to gain a better understanding of what opportunities may be available for promoting wood as a green building product. The study investigated whether rating systems treat wood fairly and whether the use of wood helped or hindered achieving rating system points. In October 2009, the report was presented at the Economic Commission for Europe's Timber Committee at the United Nations in Geneva. The findings have informed recommendations that were taken forward to the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen in December 2009. Findings have since been presented at over a dozen conferences including the 2010 AIBC Conference and the International Timber Trade Federation in Geneva. Light House has since prepared two technical training programs (for designers and for suppliers) on how to promote and use wood to achieve green building success. The curricula have been adopted by the AIA as a component of their online continuing professional development program and summary editorial continues to be prepared for a number of international technical journals. This material is also included in the new online wood portal: www.naturallywood.com.