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MAKING THE MOST of every tree.

What makes RedBuilt better? Stronger products.
Sustainable practices.

Wood products aren’t just a strong, safe, and convenient option for commercial construction projects — they can also go a long way when it comes to preserving our environment and combating climate change.

Building with wood has a positive impact on the built environment, boosts residents’ wellbeing, and provides cost savings to building owners. It also helps all of us pave a path toward more sustainable practices that will protect the Earth over the long term.

By making better use of every tree, RedBuilt produces engineered materials that reduce our customers’ carbon footprint without sacrificing structural integrity.

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Engineered wood products make more efficient use of natural resources and result in better performance than traditional lumber.

From our forests to our manufacturing plants, RedBuilt is focused on environmentally friendly production methods and business practices.

Custom-built products result in less excess material, and wood produces fewer emissions than steel or concrete.

Sustainability Is Built Into Our Business

We don’t just talk the talk. We know that sustainability starts with properly managed forests, and we’re committed to working with suppliers that protect landscapes, ecosystems, wildlife, and the trees themselves.

As we grow, we’re also continually looking for ways to reduce our own carbon footprint, pursuing even more environmentally friendly solutions in every step of our process and incorporating sustainable materials into our offices and warehouses.

Since our beginning in 2009, RedBuilt has used various Chain-of-Custody certifications, ensuring our products are manufactured using raw materials sourced through environmentally responsible suppliers.

In 2020, we proudly partnered with SFI®️ to be our certification body and are committed to this relationship.  This commitment allows our customers the opportunity to receive Chain-Of-Custody certification credits for our RedLam LVL and Red-I Joist products.

SFI marks are registered marks owned by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.



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We only have one Earth — protecting our home planet and combating climate change starts with businesses like ours.

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Certification Made Simple

Whether you’re looking to earn LEED® certification or you just want to ensure your project is built using sustainably sourced products, RedBuilt makes it simple. We provide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs) for Red-I™ Joists, RedLam™ LVL, and open-web trusses based on life cycle assessments and material ingredients for transparency and environmental assessment.

Common Questions

LEED points are awarded for an overall project, not for a specific product used. As such, the use of RedBuilt™ products may help in obtaining various LEED points depending on the projects material utilization and location. RedBuilt™ products may directly contribute to the following points:


  • Sourcing of Raw Materials (1-2 points): This credit includes recycled content and a valuation factor for regional materials.  See Questions 3, 4, and 5.
  • Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) (1-2 points): Product-specific Type III EPD’s are available for Red-I™ joists, RedLam™ LVL and RedBuilt™ Open-Web Trusses. See question #10.
  • Material Ingredients (1-2 points):  Health Product Declarations (HPDs) are available for Red-I™ joists, RedLam™ LVL and RedBuilt™ Open-Web Trusses.  See Question #12.
  • Low-Emitting Materials (1-3 points) – See question #11.

RedBuilt™ will work to provide you claims for green attributes on request. We supply a letter specifically for your project that breaks down project cost to each material type, and includes needed claims and documentation for various applicable green building criteria. This letter may be written for your project at any of the following stages of the project:

  • During quoting phase to aide in your purchasing decisions
  • During installation phase to keep paperwork current with project status
  • On project completion for final green certification submittals

To request a letter for your project, consult your RedBuilt™ Technical Sales Representative. Contact your Rep here.

Yes. RedBuilt offers a Chain of Custody certificate for the follow products:

Yes.  They are special request items.  Consult with your Technical Representative for pricing and availability of Chain of Custody certified materials:

Yes. The steel components used in RedBuilt’s Open-Web trusses contain 25% post-consumer recycled content. Additionally, many RedBuilt™ projects include steel joist/beam hangers and other steel hardware that contain recycled content. RedBuilt™ passes on applicable recycled content claims from the hardware manufacturer when possible.

For LEED v4, products source (extracted, manufactured and purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at twice their base contributing cost, up to a maximum of 200% of cost.

RedBuilt™ operates four manufacturing facilities in the following locations:

  • Stayton, OR – manufactures RedLam™ LVL and Red-I™ I-Joists
  • Hillsboro, OR – manufactures Open-Web Trusses
  • Chino, CA – manufactures Open-Web Trusses, provides Red-I™ I-joist cut packs
  • Delaware, OH – manufactures Open-Web Trusses, provides Red-I™ I-joist cut packs

Based on the strategic location of RedBuilt’s manufacturing facilities, some projects are located within a 100 mile radius of one of our facilities. However, in some cases the material is being harvested or extracted from geographic regions that are not proximally located to our manufacturing facilities.

For other Green Building Programs where the region is larger (i.e. 500 miles), RedBuilt™ may make regional materials claims on wood products from plants in Hillsboro and Stayton, OR only. Consult with your Technical Representative in advance if you wish to make regional materials claims on either Open-Web trusses from the Delaware, OH plant or glulam beams from one of RedBuilt’s third-party suppliers. Contact your rep here.

All of RedBuilt’s wood products come from renewable forest sources. Although engineered wood products have been founded on the concept that wood fibers must be used in an efficient and sustainable manner, the typical harvest cycle for forests is 30-40 years, which does not meet the criteria for rapidly renewable in many green building models.

No. All of RedBuilt’s products are urea-formaldehyde free. Material Safety Data Sheets are available on-line for Red-I™ I-Joists and RedLam™ LVL.

Beyond the sustainability benefits inherently found in wood-frame construction (visit our Green Building Resource Links located on our Green Building webpage for more industry information); there are compelling cases to be made for basing “Innovation in Design” credits on attributes of RedBuilt’s structural floor and roof systems. We invite you to consider the following potential innovative design attributes related to our products:

  • Wood Fiber Efficiency:
    Open-Web trusses and Red-I™ I-Joists can often carry similar loads over similar spans using only a fraction of the wood fiber when compared to sawn-lumber joists and beams. Fiber utilization from RedLam™ LVL and Red-I™ joist production is also higher than the recovery from traditional sawmills. We will work with our customers to “value-engineer” projects to ensure economical, fiber-efficient design.
  • Minimized Job-Site Waste:
    RedBuilt’s project cut-packs minimize jobsite waste. Cut-packs are made up of specific pieces that are labeled and cut-to-length at our manufacturing facilities in a manner that produces minimal jobsite end trim. Further waste reductions can be realized by taking advantage of our Open-Web trusses, which are built-to-length, and our Red-I™ I-Joists via our Precision-End-Trim (PET) services. An additional benefit of RedBuilt™ engineered wood products is there is no culling or sorting required, which reduces waste and time.
  • Carbon Footprint:
    Studies conducted by Athena and others have shown substantial carbon benefits with wood-frame construction. Using wood just makes good sense from a sustainability perspective. Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) models show wood-frame construction to be among the best of decisions for sustainable construction – far exceeding the long-term benefits of other building materials such as steel and concrete.

Yes. RedBuilt™ has two EPDs, one for Red-I™ I-JoistsRedLam™ LVL, and RedBuiltTM Open-Web Trusses. They are product-specific Type III EPDs with third-party certification and external verification. They meet the requirements of LEED v4’s Environmental Product Declarations – Option 1. EPDs are also recognized by the International Green Construction Code® (IgCC) and Green Globes® for New Construction.

Yes. According to LEED Interpretation ID#10466, Structural wood products are considered compliant if they are made with moisture resistant adhesives meeting ASTM 2559, have no surface treatments with added urea-formaldehyde resins or coatings, and if they are certified according to the industry standards listed in ID#10466. RedBuilt™ products are certified using the standards listed in ID#10466:

  • RedLam™ LVL: ASTM D 5456
  • Red-I™ I-Joists: ASTM D 5055
  • Adhesives: ASTM 2559

Yes. RedBuilt™ has three HPDs, one for Red-I™ I-JoistsRedLam™LVL, and  RedBuilt™ Open-Web trusses. They are based on a complete, basic method, with a product threshold reporting level of 1000 ppm (0.1%). They meet the requirements of LEED v4’s Building product disclosure and optimization – Material Ingredients – Option 1, Material Ingredient Reporting.

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