Katerra CLT factory receives Chain of Custody Certification

Katerra, a technology company redefining the construction industry, announced yesterday that its cross-laminated timber (CLT) factory has earned Chain of Custody (CoC) certifications under three major certification programmes: Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SCS-SFI/COC-007240), Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC-C156195), and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC/29-31-382). Katerra worked with SCS Global Services – an international leader in third-party certification, validation, and verification of environmental and sustainability performance – to certify its factory.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) promote the healthy, sustainable management of forests. These certification programmes address a variety of factors including biodiversity and wildlife habitat, sustainable harvest levels, water quality protection, and pesticide use. Chain of Custody (CoC) certification traces the path of wood from certified forests through the supply chain to the final product. CoC certified wood products are incentivised or required by green building standards such as LEED and the Living Building Challenge, as well as by many corporate, government and institutional purchasing programmes.

“With the largest CLT factory in North America, Katerra is a leader in producing mass timber at scale,” said Craig Curtis, chief architect for Katerra. “We are pleased to offer more options for our clients interested in meeting green building standards with CoC-certified CLT.”

Katerra provides turn-key CLT building solutions including design, supply, and install, as well as materials-only packages based on unique customer needs. Katerra customers can now choose between CoC-certified and non-certified CLT.

Katerra offers CLT in a growing number of layup configurations of various thickness, ranging from 3.5 to 12.4 inches. In plan dimension, Katerra presses 10 ft. or 12 ft. nominal width by 60 ft. long master panels on each press cycle. Each master panel is subdivided into individual panel elements by a CNC machine to meet project-specific requirements.