Assessing Attitudes of Architects and Builders towards Forest Certification in British Columbia

Forest certification is a voluntary market-based instrument to promote sustainable forest management (SFM). Although, large areas of forests have been certified against different certification schemes in British Columbia, there has been a recent slowdown in the uptake of forest certification due to a number of factors, including a lack of awareness. Architects and builders have a key role in creating or translating demand for certified products due to their position in the value chain for forest products as they are could be both buyers and sellers of certified products. Understanding their attitude towards forest certification is vital for the further development of forest certification and the market for certified products in British Columbia. Thus a survey of architects and builders will be conducted in British Columbia to assess their willingness to adopt forest certification and to identify barriers in adoption of forest certification.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. John L. Innes


Haris Gilani


Coast EcoTimber Inc.






University of British Columbia



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