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This course will examine the ways in which the use of exotic wood in decking materials contributes to deforestation. It will also examine how some certifying bodies fall short of protecting tropical rainforests and fail to prevent illegally harvested wood from entering the United States. Finally, the course will outline the evolution of synthetic decking materials, compare them to exotic wood, and discuss the design and environmental advantages of specifying them.
Provider: Hanley Wood University
Program: AIA, ASLA
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 learning unit hour
Health, safety & welfare: Yes