The U.S. Green Building Council recently added bamboo plywood, flooring and veneers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as a building material that can contribute to LEED points. Specifically, the products can be included in calculations under LEED Credit MRc7: Certified Wood.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the USGBC’s ruling,” said Dan Smith, founder and president of bamboo flooring maker Smith & Fong. “To be recognized by LEED provides the ultimate validation for all the years of work we undertook to prove the sustainability of bamboo as a building material.”