- Issue: Summer 2018
- Photographer: Courtesy of Nathan Good Architects
James Ray Arnold of Portland, Oregon, grew up working in the construction trade with his dad. He started his own business, JRA Green Building, when he was 32 years old. One of several residential builders in the US certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), Arnold focuses on energy-efficient homes using environmentally friendly materials. He’s now putting the finishing touches on a single-family home in Hood River, Oregon, that is the first in the country fully certified by FSC.
The FSC label indicates material sourced from a responsibly managed forest—meaning in part that wildlife habitat is protected, the legal rights of indigenous communities in or near the forest are upheld, and the use of highly hazardous chemicals is restricted. Nearly all wood products in the Hood River house have a link to FSC:
- Interior Doors
- Exterior Posts
- Cedar Siding
- Exterior Trim
FSC 100%: Wood sourced entirely from FSC-certified forests
FSC MIX: A mix of FSC 100%, FSC recycled, and/or materials certified as being of low risk for environmental or social impacts
FROM THE FOREST TO YOU
The path from responsibly managed forest to builder is established through chain-of custody certification. Independent auditing at each step of the supply chain ensures the final product can be traced all the way back to the source.
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