FSC in Russia launches FSC-certified wood product catalog targeting contractors working for state-owned Olimpstroi, features products meeting government's 'Green Standards' for Olympic buildings in Sochi

LOS ANGELES , September 28, 2011 () – The Forest Stewardship Council in Russia has published a catalog of FSC-certified timber aimed at contractors working for Olimpstroi Corporation, the state corporation overseeing construction for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Olimpstroi has introduced a set of Green Standards for the construction of all Olympic facillites in Sochi, which came into effect on June 1. The standards are expected to become national guidelines for the country.

According to the FSC, the catalog is the first of its kind to be published in Russia, and will allow contractors to quickly locate and purchase products that meet the Green Standards.

Gleb Vatletsov of Olimpstroi described the publication as a major step forward for Russia in advancing forest certification and using certified material, a concept which he said was relatively new in the country.

Andrey Ptichnikov of the FSC in Russia said the catalog gives producers of FSC products the opportunity to gain additional orders, and suggested that it would become the handbook of architects and builders.

According to a press release by forestry, paper and timber giant Investlesprom, a number of its wood products are featured in the catalog, including lumber, plywood, glulam beams and finished wood houses.

The primary sources of this article are press releases issued by the Forest Stewardship Council in Moscow and Investlesprom on Sept. 26, 2011.

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