Cook County Lumber receives FSC certification

Cook County Lumber has received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification to provide FSC lumber materials to dealers for building construction that qualifies for LEED accreditation, the Chicago-based company announced.

The privately held company said it recognized the growing demand of FSC materials in the marketplace and a need to support customers who have taken the necessary steps to obtain FSC certification. The chain-of-custody certificate became effective earlier this month.

“We have relationships with top mills for FSC lumber materials, thereby maintaining the integrity of the chain-of-custody from the manufacturer to the dealer,” the company said in a statement.

The FSC is an independent, nonprofit organization with a stated goal to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC accredits businesses and promotes voluntary, third party certification.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council Web site, LEED accreditation is given to professionals who demonstrate a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources and processes.