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.
- Wood is the sustainable choice
- Sustainable timber: essential for government contracts
- Forest certification
- Chain of Custody certification
- Verified progress
- Controlled mixing
- Are there sufficient supplies of certified timber?
- What this means for you
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...
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...
Dr Andy Pitman discusses how information held in BM TRADA's timber library can help clients to better understand the ease with which wood products can be manufactured from alternative timber species and how they are likely to perform in use as products.
Article from the TRADA Timber Industry Yearbook...