New guide to ‘Sustainable American Hardwoods’

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, has launched a brand new ‘Guide to Sustainable American Hardwoods’, which is now available to download on its website (

The project was primarily driven by the AHEC’s European office, which spent the year reimagining AHEC’s technical publications. The result brings together the species and grading guides into a single guide, complete with lavishly illustrated application case studies.

The new design combines all of the technical information on species, applications and the NHLA grading rules, with updated illustrated case studies to provide a publication that is informative, educational and inspirational. Its aim is to provide one publication that meets the needs of a broad target audience: from timber traders, through end-users to specifiers.

The 1,00-page guide also contains new information on sustainability, detailing the Seneca Creek legality risk assessment, the American Hardwood Environmental Profile (AHEP) and the map showing forest distribution, growth and timber removal.

Further highlighting renewability, each species section gives the time taken by the forest to re-grow a cubic metre of wood, derived from AHEC’s online life cycle assessment tool.

Alongside detailed technical performance data, the species section features applications of the timber. These range from furniture in cherry, maple and red oak created for AHEC’s latest design project, Connected, to the 40,000 square metres of red oak used for cladding, flooring and glulam screening in Bloomberg’s European headquarters in London.

There are also new sections on thermal modification of American hardwoods (TMT) and cross-laminated timber (CLT).

Readers will be able to discover and learn about the latest and most innovative examples of American hardwood use, from large-scale architectural structures to fine furniture and joinery. It also highlights the structural potential of American hardwoods from projects across the world.

“The launch of our brand new, more user-friendly and informative guide forms part of our global forward-thinking strategy to educate all elements of the ‘timber chain’ to allow them to make an informed decision,” says Mr Roderick Wiles, AHEC Regional Director.

“We look forward to the launch of this publication in Hindi across India early next year,” he adds.



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