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About Sustainable Architectural Woodwork (SAW)

The SAW Program has been developed to fit an existing demand and to lead our industry into the sustainable marketplace.


SAW's Mission

To encourage the use of environmentally sustainable materials and processes within the architectural woodwork industry.


Why SAW?

  • It is the right thing to do: good for the planet, good for people and good for business.
  • Demand from our clients for green products and practices is increasing.
  • The importance of presenting a united and comprehensive initative for our industry.


SAW Certification is:

  • A criteria and points based system, including third party certifications
  • Informed by and compatible with other green programs (e.g., LEED)
  • Incorporating emerging "best practice" standards that are credible, clear, and measurable
  • Open to all companies in the industry
  • Annual certification entitles use of program name and green logo


Benefits of SAW Certification are:

  • Participation in a rapidly growing market segment
  • Meeting the needs of customers who are sourcing green products
  • Use of specially designed marketing materials
  • Direct marketing to potential customers
  • Reduced expenses and operating costs (especially for energy and waste handling)
  • Improved credibility and market perception
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