Forest Resources Issues
Wood Chip Standard and CORRIM Updates
The American National Standards Institute has approved the U.S. Wood Chip Heating Fuel Quality Standards. The culmination of a two year process, the Standard is now available to stakeholders and interested parties via email request to OrderStandard@asabe.org, or by phone at 1-800-695-2723.
Additionally, a User Guide and Summary of the Standard are available for download at www.woodchipstandard.org, and it is hoped that “the market will adopt the use of the standard in wood chip heating fuel production, procurement, and use to produce heat energy in residential and commercial buildings.”
Also available – New LCA information on wood products
Updating and expanding on prior research, CORRIM (Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials) “recently completed Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) using new survey data from manufacturing facilities across the U.S. for Lumber, Plywood, Laminated Veneer Lumber, I-Joists, Oriented Strand Board, Laminated Strand Lumber, Hardboard, Cellulosic Fiberboard, and wood boilers. Peer reviewed and available for download, the new LCA reports were developed consistent with the Product Category Rules for North American Structural and Architectural Wood Products.”
“CORRIM conducts and manages research on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) research on the environmental impacts of production, use, and disposal of forest products.” Visit corrim.org to learn more.