Holliston LEED House

This is the story of a family who built the first LEED "green" house in Holliston, Massachusetts. We were trying to spend no more than it would take to build an ordinary house,and maybe even succeeded. The dust is still settling.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Chain of custody

Our flooring was delivered yesterday and no, that's not all of it, just a few boards. We purchased pitch pine in variable width (between 8 and 12 inches in width) from Craftsman Lumber in Groton, Mass, which came with something LEED folks like: a chain of custody document. Essentially, a chain of custody proves who touched the wood since it was a tree... like a chain of evidence. In our case, our flooring came from a Nature Conservancy forest in Cocorua, NH that was being harvested for fire breaks and open habitats. Logging contractor LE Taylor and Sons conducted the harvesting, and sold the sawlogs to Home Grown Lumber of Center Conway, NH, who milled them. Craftsman Lumber, finally, planed and formed the tongue and groove.

LEED likes locally, responsibly harvested lumber. This chain of custody document not only proved this, but is also quite interesting all by itself. How many of us know where our trees came from?



At June 26, 2009 at 9:16 PM , Anonymous Wolfen said...

This is awesome. Now if we could just have a clue where out food came from....but that's a different story all together.


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