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Progress Report on USDA and USFS Green Building Initiatives. Changing Forests…Enduring Values. USDA and FS Lead the Way on Green Buildings. Chief Tidwell –

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changing forests enduring values

USDA and FS Lead the Way on

Green Buildings

Chief Tidwell –

“As we move forward with restoring America’s forests, we are getting smarter and more efficient in how we use wood products as both an energy and green building source, which will help maintain rural jobs”

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sustainability the big picture
Sustainability:The Big Picture



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usda strategy goals
USDA Strategy - Goals

USE: select wood in new USFS & USDA building construction

RESEARCH: enhance research & development of green building materials

DEMONSTRATION: capture opportunities in USFS, USDA and with partners to demonstrate new uses of wood

PARTNERSHIPS: develop and support partnerships for using wood in federal government, private, and NGO sectors

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Sylamore RD OfficeOzark – St. Francis National ForestMountain View, AR

Use of Wood Pre-2011

  • First FS certified green building, 2006
  • Building is wood framed with wood and stone veneer siding

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USFS 2011 Directive

  • Increase use of locally milled timber in all new agency buildings and facilities

Camino Real Ranger Station, Carson National Forest, Penasco, NM

Building features locally milled

wood products

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USDA Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

Goal 3, Objective 6 – Use Domestic Wood as the Preferred Sustainable Building Construction Material.

“Use domestically harvested wood products, ideally locally sourced and from National Forest System lands wherever practicable and feasible, as the preferred green building material for all USDA facilities and buildings.”

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Goal 1: Use of wood in building construction

  • LCI/LCA: current information and tools to meet green building codes and standards; develop environmental product declarations (EPDs)
  • Direction: 2011 USDA Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan & USDA Sustainable Buildings Implementation Plan (soon to be published)
  • Buildings constructed in AK, NM, OR, CA, etc.
  • Under design and registered in “Green Globes”:
    • Research Triangle Park Forestry Science & Assessment Center (NC)
    • Enoree Ranger District Office (SC)

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Angeles National Forest Supervisor OfficeArcadia, CA

New USFS Buildings

  • 24,500 sq. ft.
  • Wood frame
  • Wood trusses in roof system

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Camino Real Ranger Station, Carson National Forest Penasco, NM
  • 8,500 sq. ft.
  • Locally milled wood products
  • Wood in framing, sheathing, doors, and windows

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Corvallis Laboratory – Siuslaw National Forest HQ OfficeCorvallis, OR

Before construction

  • 9,700 sq. ft.
  • Wood exterior, interior paneling, glulam and wood fixtures

After construction

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Juneau Laboratory, AK

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Enoree Ranger District OfficeFrancis Marion-Sumter NFWhitmire, SC
  • Renovation and addition planned for 2013
  • Expected to be first FS Green Globes building

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  • Goal 2: Enhancing green building and wood use
  • research & development
  • Innovative ways to use smaller diameter timber, leftover branches and limbs
  • New building materials research at FPL
  • Enhancing the development and application of LCA
  • Developing wood product standards and code acceptance for wood in non-residential construction

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cross laminated timber
Cross Laminated Timber


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Goal 3: Demonstrating innovative uses of wood compatible with green building standards

  • Demo projects:
    • FPL Demo house, Madison, WI
    • Mississippi State University campus
    • Haywood Community College campus, NC
  • Green building competitions:
    • Carbon Challenge Baltimore
    • Carbon Challenge Providence
  • Supporting USDA Biopreferred Program

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FPL - Advanced Housing Research Center Demonstration House

Madison, WI

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  • Goal 4: Develop partnerships in federal, private, and NGO sectors to advance the use of wood
  • Promote wood preference policy with USDA’s position on White House Steering Committee on Federal Sustainability
  • Outreach results of the FPL - LCA study and ongoing work
  • Work with GSA on high performance building guiding principles
  • Partner with U.S. WoodWorks program on educating and transferring technology to design and building professionals
  • New DOD schools initiative partnership
  • Continue offering technical assistance to private, non-profit and public sector

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partnership opportunities
Partnership Opportunities
  • How can we move forward as a community to develop and promote sustainable wood uses?
  • How do we build a bigger, more effective coalition supporting wood as a material for sustainability?

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how can we better position wood in the big sustainability picture
How Can We Better Position Wood in the Big Sustainability Picture?



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Sustainable Future


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thank you
Thank you ….
  • Contact:
  • Jim Reaves, Deputy Chief – Research and Development (
  • Dave Cleaves , Climate Change Advisor – Office of the Chief (

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