Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation donates $60,000 to Assess Environmental Impacts of Building Products

    FEDERAL WAY, Wash., Aug. 15 /CNW/ -- Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation has
awarded Athena Institute International a $60,000 grant to improve
decision-making tools that can help reduce the environmental impacts of
building commercial and residential structures.
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    "For more than a decade, the Athena Institute has been helping
architects, engineers and others to evaluate the environmental impacts of new
and existing buildings through life cycle assessments," said Karen Johnson,
president of the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation. "This grant will help them
improve tools for assessing how building products and systems affect the
    Wayne Trusty, president of the Athena Institute, said the grant from the
Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation will be used to update the ATHENA(R) Impact
Estimator for Buildings. The software is the only system in North America that
evaluates whole buildings and assemblies based on internationally recognized
life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology.
    Using the Estimator, architects, engineers and others can review and
compare the environmental implications of industrial, institutional,
commercial and residential designs-both for new buildings and major
    "With assistance from the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, Athena will
now be able to take more information into account with regard to the
production, use and disposal of building products," said Trusty. "As a result
we will be able to look at a broader range of environmental impact measures
for products used in buildings, and our new software system will now better
integrate current environmental procedures and standards."
    For companies that require life cycle results for products or processes,
Athena services range from advice on study objectives and design to full
responsibility for the study-including sub-contracting, management,
accountability and reporting. They work independently to assess a building's
structural systems and provide an environmental profile.
    Life cycle assessment, or LCA, is a methodology for assessing the
environmental performance of materials, assemblies and even whole structures
over the course of their entire lives, from extraction through manufacturing,
transportation, installation, use, maintenance and disposal or recycling.
    The Athena Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the
sustainability of the built environment-a goal that can only be achieved by
meeting the building community's need for better information and tools.
Through offices in Canada and the United States, the Institute furthers the
use and science of LCA through groundbreaking software, world class databases
and customized consulting services, and by working collaboratively with the
international research community. For more information about Athena, visit:
    The mission of the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, established in 1948,
is to enhance the quality of life in communities where Weyerhaeuser has a
significant presence, and increase understanding of the importance and
sustainability of forests and the products they provide that meet people's
needs. To learn more about the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, visit:
    Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest forest products
companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 2006, sales were $21.9 billion. It has
offices or operations in 18 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser
is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the
manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; and real estate
construction, development and related activities. Additional information about
Weyerhaeuser's businesses, products and practices is available at

For further information:

For further information: Shawn Watson of Weyerhaeuser Company, 
+1-253-924-4691; or Jenny Read of Athena Institute, +1-613-269-3795 Web Site:
http://www.weyerhaeuser.com                  http://www.athenasmi.ca.

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