CENTEX HOMES STOPS USE OF WOOD FROM ENDANGERED FORESTS.Centex Homes, Dallas, one of the nation's leading residential home builders, intends to eliminate the use of wood originating from endangered forests in its home building operations.
As a first step, the company is encouraging its forest product suppliers to accelerate the certification of environmental practices when providing wood and wood products for the construction of its homes throughout the country.
Centex Homes' vendor policy is an extension of its ongoing environmental commitment through national support for The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of natural habitat and ecological resources. The new vendor policy is as follows:
"To ensure that wood and wood-related products used in Centex Homes construction are coming from renewable sources, Centex Homes will give preference to wood products coming from vendors who subscribe to sustainable forestry management and certification programs. Examples of these programs include the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) Sustainable Forestry Initiative The Sustainable Forestry Initiative is a program to certify forests to insure they are being managed in a sustainable manner.
SFI was started in 1994 by members of the American Forest and Paper Association. (SFI), the Forest Stewardship Council The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit organization based in Bonn, Germany. The Council's stated mission is "to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests". (FSC FSC
See: Foreign Sales Corporation ) certification program, the Canadian Standards Association See CSA. (CSA (1) (Canadian Standards Association, Toronto, Ontario, www.csa.ca) A standards-defining organization founded in 1919. It is involved in many industries, including electronics, communications and information technology. ) Sustainable Forest Management Sustainable forest management (SFM) is the management of forests according to the principles of sustainable development. It is also the current culmination in a progression of basic forest management concepts preceded by Sustainable forestry and sustainable yield forestry System Standard (CAN/CSA Z808-96) or the International Standards Organization See ISO. (ISO) 14001 EMS Program."
Paul Dodge, vice president of purchasing for Centex Homes, said, "We recognize that systems are being developed that will identify and track the source of all wood. Hopefully, this action will help expedite this development. Our company is well known for encouraging the use of best practices in its operations. Our culture embraces the concept of efficiency and responsibility in the products we provide to customers. Requiring the same from our vendors is consistent with this philosophy."
Wood continues to be the preferred building material for homebuyers. Balancing this consumer demand with environmentally sound construction practices has been a priority for Centex Homes throughout its operations. This is evidenced through Centex Homes' efforts to develop construction practices that make use of alternative materials and engineered wood products from renewable resources. For example, Centex Homes:
-- Is one of the top three users of environmentally friendly finger joint studs in North America, a practice that reduces virgin wood use.
-- Uses OSB sheathing and underlayment (not plywood) in more than 90 percent of its markets.
-- Uses trusses extensively in home building (a practice recommended by preservation groups).
-- Is actively replacing wood products on the exterior of its homes with a variety of non-wood products and composites.
-- Is building more than 90 percent of its homes with metal or fiberglass exterior doors.
-- Primarily uses steel and vinyl windows in its homes.
-- Is using engineered wood I-joists, laminated veneer lumber Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) is an engineered wood product that uses multiple layers of thin wood assembled with adhesives. It offers several advantages over typical milled lumber: it is stronger, straighter, and more uniform. and parallam beams to replace solid wood joists and beams in its homes.
Centex Homes has established a Responsible Construction Task Force to work with forest product suppliers to ensure compliance with renewable resources and sound forest management practices in timber products supplied to the company.
Centex Homes is a subsidiary of Dallas-based Centex Corporation (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange :CTX), recently named one of "America's Most Admired Companies A yearly publication by Fortune Magazine, America's Most Admired Companies consists of corporations that are highly esteemed by the likes of Business Executives, Directors, and Analysts. A survey is taken of close to 3300 professionals who give their opinions on the companies. " by 'FORTUNE' magazine. Centex, through other subsidiaries, ranks as one of the nation's largest non-bank-affiliated retail mortgage loan originators and general building contractors. Centex also has operations in investment real estate and owns a majority interest in a publicly held construction products company.
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