Both green building standards and environmentally-conscious customers require independent third party assurance that fabricators use wood harvested from responsibly managed forests. Columbia Forest Products is no stranger to the leading forest certification program in the global marketplace today – the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®). Columbia was the first decorative hardwood and plywood and veneer manufacturer in North America to secure a FSC chain-of-custody certificate through the Rainforest Alliance in 1998.
Columbia offers the industry’s most complete line of certified decorative hardwood panel products which carry the FSC ecolabel. Unlike other forest certification programs, the FSC is the only certification program endorsed by the internationally recognized US Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating System requirements.
Decorative panel product choices include a broad selection of certified or controlled decorative veneers laminated to certified veneer core, particleboard and MDF substrates. By choosing Certified Wood panels from Columbia for cabinets, furniture, store fixtures, and other artisan uses, you and your clients can make the direct connection to responsibly managed forests without any sacrifice of design or performance needed for today’s demanding project work.
Abundant, Reliable Supply… a Decade in the Making
Since 1998 Columbia has not only built the most extensive decorative hardwood plywood product line, but also the means to deliver these panel products through the largest hardwood plywood distribution network in North America. With this impressive aggregation of “A-List” chain-of-custody hardwood plywood distributors, securing FSC®-certified panel products is much easier.
With ten manufacturing facilities and one international brokerage group certified under a multisite certificate in the United States [SW-COC-000065] and Canada, Columbia customers are offered an abundant, reliable supply of certified wood products.
Certified Plywood Substrates available with PureBond® assembly technology
The Certified Wood panels Columbia manufactures are invoiced as FSC Pure, FSC Mixed % or FSC Mixed Credit. Panels are manufactured to stringent North American ANSI HP-1-2009 standards.
FSC-certified or controlled decorative veneers can be laminated to FSC®-certified veneer core, phenolic particleboard, phenolic MDF or pMDI-bonded MDF substrates with the patented Columbia PureBond formaldehyde-free lamination process. These substrates will vary by the wood sourcing “baskets” Columbia draws from in North America. For example, veneer core construction is available in aspen, poplar or western softwood species depending on mill location. While nominal finished thickness of 1/4″, 1/2″ and 3/4″ are the most common, Columbia also specializes in many other thicknesses, including metric to meet those “one-of-a-kind” project requirements.
Certified Decorative Veneers
Columbia’s decorative hardwood veneer mills manufacture FSC®-certified veneer in birch and maple species. These certified veneers are available in A, B and C face grades together with corresponding veneer back grades of 1, 2 or 3. These rotary veneers can be internally sourced by any of our plywood mills (subject to lead times). Limited sap appearance grades are also available. These veneer grades are excellent for fixtures, institutional furniture and case goods that are being specified in today’s LEED® projects.
Columbia can also source FSC®-certified plain sliced veneers. If you do not see a veneer you are interested listed below, call us with your needs as availability is constantly evolving with more species available as the certified market grows in volume and variety year after year.
Specification of FSC®-certified face and back veneers give the fabricator 100% billable FSC content on invoice for LEED® project work. For more information on how FSC®-certified wood is documented in LEED® project work click here.
This is a partial list of wood products we can supply:
Columbia has a three-part specification available for download to assist specifiers in the documentation of FSC-certified panel constructions. This specification includes a listing of Sales and Specialty Product Representatives by State who are standing by to assist you in the specification of FSC®-certified, no added urea formaldehyde decorative panels products for your next Green project. Contact one of our Sales and Specification Representatives today with your project needs.