CLT Producer Certified by SFI
(May 9, 2017) SmartLam, LLC, Columbia Falls, Mt., has become the first U.S. manufacturer of cross-laminated timber to be certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard.
SmartLam is also the first manufacturer to produce CLT in the U.S., producing products for a variety of applications, including floor, roof and wall systems. SFI’s Chain-of-Custody Standard helps companies address the growing demand from governments, customers, and consumers for responsibly sourced forest products.
“At SmartLam, we make CLT, but we like to tell our clients what we really sell is time. CLT increases construction speed and reduces a project's cost and carbon footprint. Now, with certification to the SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard, we can also offer our clients supply chain assurance that our products are sourced from well-managed forests that are third-party certified to SFI’s rigorous standards,” said Casey Malmquist, president and general manager at SmartLam.
Current projects include a a multi-use, multi-level building under construction in Whitefish, Mt., that will feature an elevator shaft manufactured from SmartLam CLT. The lumber was supplied by F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co., an SFI Program participant based near Columbia Falls.
SmartLam will also be able to use chain-of-custody certification to position itself as a supplier in the green building market that is officially recognized by green building rating systems. Wood products sold as certified under the SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard allow SmartLam's CLT to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits through the LEED Alternative Compliance Path or credits through the Green Globes Rating System.