Environmental Specifications

In Canada, West Fraser LVL is approved under the evaluation report CCMC 12904-R. In the U.S., we are approved under ICC-ES evaluation report ESR-1618. In addition, West Fraser has code approvals with the City of Los Angeles – RR 25570 and the City of New York MEA 406-04-E.

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a performance-based approach to assessing the impacts building material choices have on the environment. Access cradle-to-grave life cycle analysis for Canadian-produced LVL from the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute.

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) from the American Wood Council (AWC) and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC).  EPDs are concise, standardized, independently verified reports on environmental performance.  This EPD has been developed in compliance with ISO 14025 and ISO 21930, verified under UL Environment’s EPD program.

All Canadian woodlands are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standard, an internationally recognized sustainable forest management standard.

In 2006, West Fraser introduced the PEFC Chain of Custody that assures customers that the fibre in the supply chain comes from sources that comply with applicable laws, regulations and sustainable resource standards. The standard also demonstrates avoidance of sourcing fibre from controversial sources.  More information about West Fraser's certifications is available here.