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University of California, Davis Chooses Sustainable Lifetime Lumber For Riding Arena Wall

16 September 2007

A state-of-the-art addition to the Equestrian Center at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) showcases the latest in environmentally friendly building technology in the form of LifeTime Lumber fencing.

The UC Davis Equestrian Center has constructed the riding wall of the facility’s new open air arena of more than 9,000 linear feet of Century Products’ LifeTime Lumber.

LifeTime Lumber is an eco-friendly wood alternative that has the look and feel of wood without its maintenance requirements. Manufactured by Southern California-based Century Products LLC, LifeTime Lumber is composed of, among other materials, recycled fly ash – an inert waste product from electric utility plants. LifeTime Lumber has working properties similar to those of wood, and can be sawed, as well as screwed and nailed together, with regular woodworking tools.

LifeTime Lumber products conform to recycled content criteria under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LifeTime Lumber has also received recycled content certification; it meets the necessary criteria for recycled content claims based on internationally recognized standards and guidance established by the International Organization for Standardization and the US Green Building Council.

“During the planning stages for the new arena we put a lot of thought into choosing the right materials for the job, and LifeTime Lumber was the natural choice because of its looks, its sustainable manufacturing process, resistance to rot and low-maintenance requirements,” said Matt Fucile, associate director of operations for the department of campus recreation at UC Davis. “We’re always looking to see what we can do to address the LEED requirements in our facilities, and the sustainability of the LifeTime Lumber product is a definite bonus. At UC Davis we are moving away from using wood products that deteriorate and eventually are sent to a landfill.”

LifeTime Lumber is offered in a natural brown, as well as white, black, sage and gray. Each piece has a distinctive wood grain pattern that creates an aesthetically pleasing finished product, which was another big draw for the UC Davis project, according to Fucile.

“The use of LifeTime Lumber in the new riding arena at the UC Davis Equestrian Center is particularly exciting because it demonstrates that it is possible to construct a building with a quality, durable material that is environmentally conscious as well as aesthetically pleasing,” said Nisha Vyas Mahler, vice president, Century Products. “The UC Davis community has established very high standards for sustainable building and operating, and the selection of LifeTime lumber as the material of choice for the new riding arena secures UC Davis’ reputation as a leader in the green building movement.”






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