Sourcing sustainable timber

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Wood's low carbon footprint and natural renewability make it the ideal material for more sustainable construction.

The wood industry is unique in offering third party certification schemes which guarantee the wood has been sourced responsibly from sustainably managed forests.

This Choose and Use sheet details the various different certification schemes that are available, the legal obligations to adhere to Chain of Custody certification and also the three different certification categories - illegal, legal and sustainable timber.

Contents:

  • Wood is the sustainable choice
  • Sustainable timber: essential for government contracts
  • Certification
  • Forest certification
  • Chain of Custody certification
  • Verified progress
  • Controlled mixing
  • Are there sufficient supplies of certified timber?
  • What this means for you

Suggested Reading

Introducing woodnavigation-arrow

As a construction material, timber has a very distinct advantage over the alternatives, namely that it is a living thing and therefore a renewable resource. With the use of correctly managed forests, timber represents an excellent way of creating a more sustainable construction industry.

The treatment of timber...

04/04/2016 |  Wood Information Sheet  

Sustainable timber sourcingnavigation-arrow

There are two key elements in ensuring that a timber product derives from well-managed sources. Firstly, forest management and then a chain of custody system to provide independent certification covering all stages of manufacturing, transportation and distribution.

This Wood Information Sheet sets out to explain the certification process...

15/02/2019 |  Wood Information Sheet  

Just more red tapenavigation-arrow

TRADA Technology Consultant Elizabeth Turner discusses the impact the EU Timber Regulation will have on timber specification and supply

Forests, as we know, are used for much more than timber structures and building components. However, the construction industry and the timber supply chain have a key role to play...

01/01/2011 |  Magazine Article