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The Green Life of Western Redcedar

Finding objective, verifiable information about a product’s true overall sustainability has become one of the responsible architect’s most demanding tasks. Western redcedar, a common softwood used for centuries as a lightweight, fine-grained, naturally insect resistant building material, is also highly sustainable. This course focuses on two specific, objective approaches to understanding and verifying western redcedar’s environmental benefits: forest certification and Life Cycle Analysis using international standards. Western redcedar is analyzed throughout its growth, manufacturing, use and re-use, from carbon absorption as a seedling to energy efficient insulator in a building through reclamation for continuing use as a net “carbon sink.” Case studies also illustrate its many additional characteristics beyond sustainability.

Learn At Your Own Pace:

You can take this course and follow along at your own pace. Speed up, slow down, or stop now and finish later. Click "Take the Course Test" to go straight to the test and earn your credits. You'll know immediately if you have earned credits and you will be able to print out your certificate of completion instantly.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the environmental benefits of western redcedar as a building material.
  • Utilize forest certification and life cycle analysis as key tools for selecting the most sustainable wood products.
  • Evaluate a detailed independent life cycle analysis comparing western redcedar with other common materials used for siding and decking.
  • Explore case studies of innovative buildings and the factors that influenced the architects

AIA logo Credits: 1.00 HSW

Course Outline:

This course is a presentation designed to earn you 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit. Use the onscreen controls to pace the presentation to your liking, and then click "Take the Course Test" to take the exam for this course and earn your credit.

This test is no longer available for credit


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