New AIA-Registered Courses Highlight Environmental Advantages of Plantation-Grown Eucalyptus Hardwoods

Educational Courses Help Design Professionals Specify Responsible Exotic Hardwoods and Earn 1.0 HSW/SD Credit

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash., April 13, 2010 - Two new AIA-registered continuing education courses help architects and other design professionals determine the attributes of exotic hardwood species that support environmentally responsible building practices amidst deforestation and illegal logging concerns. The Weyerhaeuser-sponsored online course, "Hardwoods in Green Building: Plantation-grown Eucalyptus Makes its Mark as a Versatile, Sustainable Exotic Species," is available on demand at A similar course, "Sustainable Eucalyptus and Green Building," is available through in-person presentations by Weyerhaeuser experts to qualified firms.

The courses, which qualify for 1.0 AIA/CES Health, Safety, and Welfare / Sustainable Design (HSW/SD) learning unit hour, educate design professionals on the overarching environmental benefits of hardwoods for a range of architectural applications. Course topics include the significant role of wood in reducing greenhouse gases, how forest practices certified to sustainable forestry standards support green building goals by ensuring forests for future generations, and the specific environmental advantages of plantation-grown eucalyptus, including its rapid renewability.

Participants who successfully complete the in-person and online courses can earn credit for both.

Qualified architectural firms can request the in-person course from Weyerhaeuser by calling (800) 320-9720. Visit in the coming months for additional educational modules.

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