Join Dovetail at the 2015 Bay Area Wood Solutions Fair

Sessions to address forests, forest products and implications for wood use in LEED v4


(Minneapolis, MN) - Join Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think-tank, on January 27th at the 2015 Bay Area Wood Solutions Fair. Wood Solutions Fairs are hosted by WoodWorks across various regions of the U.S. to provide information and insights on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. There is no registration fee for the one-day event, walk-ins are welcome, and continuing education credits are available.


Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail's Executive Director, will present a seminar titled "Forests and Forest Products". The presentation will answer many questions about forests and forest products, such as: 'Where do our trees and forests grow?', 'How have forests changed over time?', 'What is the relationship between people and forests - now and in the past?', 'How are forests managed and are they being managed responsibly?', 'Are our forests and forest products sustainable?', and 'Why is wood an environmental-friendly choice?'.


Dr. Jim Bowyer, Dovetail's Program Director for Responsible Materials, will present a seminar titled "LEED v4 and Credits for Wood Use". This presentation will examine changes in the latest version of LEED (LEED v4) and their implications for wood use. Particular attention will be given to the Materials and Resources section of the standard, where the greatest changes have been made. Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs)-both of which are prominent within LEED v4-will be explained, and their use, as well as potential issues associated with their use. 


Both seminars will be presented twice, during morning and afternoon sessions. The Fair is free to attend and geared towards architects, engineers, developers, code officials and anyone with an interest in design possibilities for wood in the built environment.


The 2015 Bay Area Wood Solutions Fair will take place at the Oakland Marriott City Center in Oakland, CA on January 27th, 2015 from 8:00am - 5:00pm (PST).   


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About WoodWorks
WoodWorks is an initiative of the Wood Products Council, a cooperative venture of major North American wood associations, as well as research organizations, government agencies and other funding partners. WoodWorks was established to provide free technical support as well as education and resources related to the design of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. WoodWorks seek to make it easier to design, engineer and construct wood buildings at less cost.