Katerra CLT facility receives CoC certifications

Katerra reported that its cross-laminated timber factory (CLT) has earned Chain of Custody (CoC) certifications under three major programs.

This includes certification under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the Forest Stewardship Council and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

Katerra, based in Menlo Park, Calif., worked with SCS Global Services – an international leader in third-party certification, validation, and verification of environmental and sustainability performance – to certify the factory. 

The 270,000-square-foot, high-volume CLT facility opened in Spokane, Wash. last September.

Cross-laminated timber products from Katerra.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) promote the healthy, sustainable management of forests. 

The certification programs address a variety of factors including biodiversity and wildlife habitat, sustainable harvest levels, water quality protection, and pesticide use. Chain of Custody (CoC) certification traces the path of wood from certified forests through the supply chain to the final product. 

CoC certified wood products are incentivized or required by green building standards such as LEED and the Living Building Challenge, as well as by many corporate, government and institutional purchasing programs.

“With the largest CLT factory in North America, Katerra is a leader in producing mass timber at scale,” said Craig Curtis, chief architect for Katerra. “We are pleased to offer more options for our clients interested in meeting green building standards with CoC-certified CLT.”

Katerra provides turn-key CLT building solutions including design, supply, and install, as well as materials-only packages based on unique customer needs. The company also said that its customers can now choose between CoC-certified and non-certified CLT. 

Katerra offers CLT in a growing number of layup configurations of various thickness, ranging from 3.5 to 12.4 inches. In plan dimension, Katerra presses 10 ft. or 12 ft. nominal width by 60 ft. long master panels on each press cycle. Each master panel is subdivided into individual panel elements by a CNC machine to meet project-specific requirements.