Making Sense of Green Lumber

March/April 2006
This article originally appeared in the March/April 2006 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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March 02, 2006
What does FSC certification mean for the future of sustainable lumber?
        In recent months, I have been building decks in Northern California out of a Brazilian hardwood known as ipe. The client on one deck project was pleased with the tropical hardwood because of its beauty, and the project manager was happy that the use of this extremely dense hardwood increased the amount of time needed to finish the job (which translates to more money). Ipe is 3 times harder than oak, and is now used as a replacement for redwood, which most homeowners can no longer afford. Known as the poor man’s teak, ipe is enjoying a new popularity in California.

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