Midwest Companies Take Top Honors in Green Building

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Announces Winners of Designing & Building with FSC Awards at Greenbuild


Minneapolis, MN (January 13, 2010) – The Forest Stewardship Council – US (FSC-US) announced the winners of the 5th annual Designing & Building with FSC Awards at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Phoenix, Ariz., the world’s largest green-building gathering. The awards celebrate the best in U.S. and Canadian green architecture and construction using FSC-certified materials – those sourced from forests managed to high environmental and social standards.


First place in the residential category went to Keith Waters & Associates and WD Flooring LLC, for their Portico on the Green residence, in Minnetonka, Minn. – the first home in the state to receive Silver Certification through the Minnesota GreenStar Pilot program.


“The exuberance of Portico on the Green’s design is contained by a strong but simple composition of wood trim and roof,” said jurist Thomas A. Fisher, Senior Project Manager with Sustainable Design Consulting, in Washington, D.C. “The Mission style wood detailing of the interior is also simple, extensive and tasteful, and almost all from sustainably managed forests.”


Over 70% of the framing lumber used in the project was FSC-certified, and 100% of hardwood flooring was FSC-certified. The project’s millwork was 100% FSC-certified cherry and poplar.


“The Upper Midwest has more FSC-certified forestland than any other region, and it is great to see local manufacturers and builders support this commitment to responsible management,” says Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based non-profit environmental group.


Las Vegas’s new CityCenter earned first place in the commercial/institutional category. This LEED-certified 67-acre mixed use-development employed more than $41 million worth of FSC-certified wood, the greatest amount in a single building project in the United States to date. CityCenter is a strong market driver for FSC: more than 10 wood suppliers received FSC certification in order to supply wood to the project.


Honorable mentions were also awarded in each category. Washington, D.C.-based Envision Design’s project for Generation IM North America Headquarters in New York was recognized for its refined use of FSC-certified wood in both the office and in the furniture. Led by its chairman, The Honorable Al Gore, Generation IM is dedicated to thought leadership on sustainability and capital markets.


In the residential category, an honorable mention was given to Allen Associates for Victoria Garden Mews, in Santa Barbara, Calif., which used FSC-certified wood throughout its re-creation of Victorian moulding, dentils and trim profiles. The house received a 5-star rating from Santa Barbara’s Built Green program.


Designing & Building with FSC Awards recognize and honor designers and builders who are committed to using FSC-certified wood and creating a marketplace that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management – the mission of FSC.


The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system awards points for FSC-certified wood used in LEED building projects. According to McGraw-Hill Construction, FSC-certified wood is the most specified green-building product in their database of 60,000 project specifications collected annually, surpassing even EnergyStar.


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About the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. It provides standard-setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry. Products carrying the FSC label are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. FSC is the only forest certification organization endorsed by such major environmental groups as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), National Wildlife Federation and Greenpeace. There are currently more than 100 million acres of FSC-certified forestland in the United States and Canada and more than 281 million acres globally. More than 14,000 manufacturers and distributors are certified to buy and sell FSC products, representing more than $20 billion in FSC-labeled product annually.  


About Keith Waters & Associates 
Keith Waters & Associates, Inc is one of Minnesota's premier new homebuilders. Each of our homes is unique, designed by our in-house designers to fit the taste and needs of its owners. Our homes take on a variety of forms: ultra-contemporary or ornately traditional; small cottages or large estates; lake homes or city homes. But they share an attention to fine design and quality craftsmanship that is truly extraordinary. 


About WD Flooring, LLC
W•D offers top quality hardwood flooring with excellent customer service, a wide variety of products, and competitive pricing. At W•D, we hand select only the very best from our more than 40,000 acres of majestic hardwoods. W•D Flooring is proud to be certified under the FSC program. We believe this program reflects our past, present and future commitment to the environment and our ability to provide certified wood products to consumers who chose such certification. 


About Dovetail Partners
Dovetail Partners is 501c3 nonprofit corporation providing authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives.