Entrepreneur Daniel Veniez Comments on Canada's Wood First Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 10, 2013 - Entrepreneur Daniel Veniez says that Wood First is not a threat to other building industries, but believes that governments should not pick one industry over another. He offers an interesting history of Wood First in an op-ed article that appeared in the Vancouver Sun on October 9.

Mr. Veniez is part of a panel addressing "Preference Policies: When Promotion Becomes Legislation" at the first-ever Converge 2013: A Dialogue on Integration for the Built Environment Conference. His session takes place from 9 am to 10:30 am on October 16. The conference brings together materials industries and construction industry leaders to discuss the impacts of materials, new technologies and product choices on sustainable building practices. It will be held October 15-16 at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver.

Additionally, Mark A. Thimons, P.E., LEED AP-BD&C, director of construction sustainability for the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of AISI, will participate in a panel discussion focused on meeting sustainable building challenges that meets on October 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Thimons is a leading expert in life cycle analysis and environmental product declarations in the North American steel industry. The panel will also include representatives from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, the Canadian Wood Council/Wood Works! Project, and the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute.

Converge 2013 is being presented by the Coalition for Fair Construction Practices. For more information, visit http://www.converge2013.com.

Debbie Bennett
Manager, SMDI and Construction Communications
Tel: 202.452.7179