Bill would cause chaos for lumber dealers Poll Results
sInCe the PILGrIMs first landed on Plym- tion became law. Construction costs for schools When it comes to the budget
Corner Office and organized labor:
outh rock in the winter of 1620, generations would unnecessarily increase, with absolutely
have relied on north american lumber for no benefit to the students and teachers who use Have a hard-hitting stance on a New Jersey
homes, stores, schools, houses of worship and these buildings or the taxpayers footing the bill. business issue? If you are a business or 9.7%
other buildings that such legislation would also set a danger- policy leader with a strong opinion, we 18.3%
have helped shape ous precedent that could lead to all new public want to hear from you. Please send op-ed
this country. buildings in new Jersey having to use lum- proposals to email@example.com.
But in recent ber certified through the U.s. Green Building
years, in the verve Council. such legislation would quickly waste what supporters of Leed don’t want the 72%
of environmental millions of dollars in taxpayer money. public to know is that building material deal-
correctness, groups with new Jersey teetering on bankruptcy ers already purchase lumber from commercial
The state has a duty to honor existing
have deemed some and local school districts facing major cuts in forests strictly regulated by the government. employment contracts.
lumber to be cer- state aid, this legislation is impractical, unnec- there is absolutely nothing wrong with Nothing’s sacred. The contracts should be
tified through the essary and does nothing to solve the para- lumber not certified by Leed. But scare tactics renegotiated.
U.s. Green Building mount issues plaguing the state. are making it seem inferior, prompting well- Unions should get incentives to voluntarily
Council, and any Keith Coleman such legislation also makes it more diffi- intentioned state lawmakers to consider legis- reopen contracts.
other lumber to cult for people in the building materials indus- lation to protect the public.
potentially be of lesser quality or questionable try to do public work. Leed requirements I strongly question the value of Leed,
source. of course, this “special” lumber — just cause costs to increase throughout the supply Sitting back down at the
like bottled water — is marketed differently chain, from the forests to the retail outlets.
This legislation is impractical,
and costs a premium. Under Leed, the lumber can only be
unnecessary and does nothing
table with union leaders
as far as any member of the new Jersey handled through the strict chain of custody
For the most part, business owners real-
Building Materials dealers association can tell, by those who are certified in the program. If to solve the paramount issues
ize there’s no such thing as a done deal, and
the only difference that this certified lumber this lumber is put in the hands of a yard that plaguing the state. when things are tough, old contracts need to
offers is layers of red tape for the supplier and is unaffiliated, it actually is deemed corrupted,
be re-examined out of fairness to both sides.
the ultimate increased cost to the consumer. and cannot be sold as certified.
they’re also wondering why that isn’t
the aura surrounding certified lumber is If my company were to become Leed other than as a way to generate revenue for
the case in trenton, particularly in the case of
now before the state senate environment and certified, it would cost us thousands of dol- the people who oversee the program. Before
costly union contracts that Gov. Chris Chris-
energy Committee, which is considering s-239, lars to follow the regulations of the program. any laws are adopted in new Jersey that will
tie says New Jersey can no longer afford.
requiring new public schools in new Jersey to we’d also have to stock certified and uncertified increase taxpayer expense, lawmakers must
According to reader Mel Epstein, “ev-
use more expensive lumber deemed certified by lumber in all dimensions, doubling our inven- recognize that lumber itself already is the
erything must be open to renegotiation as
the U.s. Green Building Council’s Leadership in tory, and making sure the products were clearly most-renewable building material out there —
conditions change; [it] happens in business
energy and environmental design program. a separated. this would double my costs for such whether it is certified or not. u
all the time.”
companion bill, a-1076, is before the assembly expenses as financing, space allocation, admin- ------------------------------------------------------
more than 70 percent of responders
education Committee, awaiting a hearing date. istration, insurance and other related expenses. Keith Coleman is president of Hamilton Building
agreed. Stephen Izzi, of Izzi Rigging Inc.,
as a building material dealer, I am deeply and, after all this, we would still be offering Supply, in Hamilton, and second vice president of the
wrote, unions “are out of line in today’s econ-
concerned what would happen if this legisla- the same quality lumber as we do now. New Jersey Building Materials Dealers Association.
omy;” Margo Greene, of JVS, said New Jersey