The LBM Institute, the educational and research arm of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA), will hold a public hearing on July 16 to discuss its proposal for an eco-labeling program for softwood lumber. The certification system would be similar to the grade stamps now administered by the American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) and the Department of Commerce.
The purpose of the forum, to be held at the Kansas City Marriott in Kansas City, Mo., is to solicit input from industry stakeholders. The NLBMDA is also gathering comments via an online survey, which can be accessed at the association’s Web site, www.dealer.org.
The LBM Institute is seeking to demonstrate a broad-based interest in an eco-labeling program that could be implemented as a grade stamp attribute, based on a common set of eco-forest management standards. Such a system would eliminate costly chain-of-custody requirements at the dealer level, according to proponents.
Based on the information gathered and presented by the LBM Institute, the ALSC will determine if the proposal for a new eco-certified grade stamp is compatible with its present operations, if it is something that can be self-funded by industry and what the ultimate impact on industry is likely to be.