The Global leader in producing sustainable building material using domestic black locust
Project spotlight | Falk School of Sustainability & Environment
Chatham, University | Pittsburgh, PA
Black Locust Lumber is the industry leader in producing sustainable building materials using domestic black locust. As the largest producer, with over 20 years of experience, our company is vertically integrated, from our foresters to our sales staff, and can service any commercial or residential application. We collaborate with notable global architects and contractors nationwide. Our level of professionalism and expertise provides comfort and security to all of our customers. Black Locust Lumber is actively researching and developing new building products to continuously improve the standards we founded for the utilization of Black Locust.
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | PERMEABLE PAVERS
A patent-pending design utilizing Black Locust, these wood pavers are naturally rot-resistant for a lifetime of 50 years or more. Rainwater is able to pass through the paver joints and natural bio filters, for maximum water filtration. While permeating through each filter, the water quality is improved and runoff pollution is reduced. Black Locust permeable pavers help restore groundwater resources and reduce the heat island effect.
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Black Locust Lumber is the industry leader in producing sustainable building material using domestic black locust. As the largest producer with over 20 years experience, our company is vertically integrated from our foresters to our sales staff to service any commercial or residential application. We have worked with countless high end architectural firms and contractors nation wide bringing a level of comfort and expertise to all of our customers. From our patent pending permeable pavers to our green garden line, we consistently push the standards in utilizing locust. We look forward to working with you on your next project!
Native to the Appalachian mountains, Black Locust is a domestic hardwood thriving in the eastern half of the country. It stands the claim of one of the most rot resistant wood indigenous to the United States, paralleling the appealing properties of tropical species. Its natural characteristics make it a resilient sustainable solution to the strain and impact of endangered tropical hardwoods and chemically treated lumber. Locust will have a light blonde appearance that will eventually weather to a silvery grey patina coloring. The species has an extensive history of projects that document its durability. The only limitations on Black Locust are on its width and length. The widest a locust tree can be milled is 8” and the longest pieces that can be obtained are 16’.
The attributes of this tree are seemingly endless and yet today, few people are aware of it. On a sustainable level, Black Locust continues to push the boundaries as a green building material. The tree grows faster than any other known hardwood in comparison to the hundreds of years of growth for tropical species. We have established a reforestation program collaborating with multiple universities, growing new trees with every order to be used in future land reclamation projects. As well as giving back to the environment, we pride ourselves in giving back to the communities we work with. At all our manufacturing sites, we work with local correction facilities to teach our employees tangible job training skills they can apply to the real world.