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Doesn’t it make sense that contractors who use better materials pay less for their insurance premiums?  Lumber that is treated with the right elixir that acts as a fire retardant and is also mold-resistant and termite-proof should be considered by the construction industry as not only safer than the old way of framing houses but essential in future building. This will cut down on construction defect claims by making occupants safer from fire, mold, and termite infestation. It will also help towards protecting our tree canopy and our quest towards warding off further global warming. Remember, the lumber used today to build homes is far different from the lumber used generations ago. Today’s lumber is from trees with far more resins and vulnerability towards rot. Treating this lumber before it goes into our homes only makes sense. If the insurance industry would recognize this and apply appropriate premium discounts to builders who use treated lumber, the movement would be certain to gain quicker traction! Your thoughts are appreciated in the comments below. For more information on the benefits of building environmentally safe, visit the LEED website.

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Steve Conboy said...
Its about time someone has something to say about protecting lumber from things that could have a great impact on those that live in our lumber framed houses and even those Architects that designed the home. Lumber today is way different then the lumber we use to build our homes with. The lumber used today is called juvenile lumber its grown in 1/3 the time and it support the commodities and our economy with housing starts but it also creates much different risks when it comes to fire consumption and air quality because its grows Mold faster then old growth use to. Recently I read a report that the Chief Economist for UL published in a white paper report about what she called "The Sleeping Giant in the Building Industry" The sleeping giant is air quality and Specifiers need to understand the population of construction defect litigator is growing and Mold is and will become the new hot topic. Mold grows on lumber its natural land since lumber is stored outside getting rained on the case for Mold is undefinable unless Specifier use the CYA of suggesting a coating protection. When it comes to fire most of the lumber in our production homes is now glues together and its those glues and resins that now consume houses faster. If the Insuance Industry got behind Specifiers that specified fire and Mold protection LEED would get behind the because we are protecting future generations from over consumption and that has a global canopy value defending climate change.
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