Sustainability

WHY BUILDING WITH TIMBER MATTERS

Wood is the only truly sustainable, renewable and beautiful building material. By choosing to build with sustainable timber, businesses are helping to preserve and grow the worlds forests, and combat climate change. Learn more about wood and sustainability below.

Sustainable Sourcing

Gaining a greater global awareness over the last decade, sustainable or responsible sourcing refers to managing social, environmental and/ or economic sustainability in the supply chain.

 

The two main methods to ensuring responsible sourcing, often used in conjunction, are conducting due diligence subject to annual audits and/ or sourcing through sustainability certification schemes.

Responsible Purchasing

The RPP provides guidance and a due diligence toolkit, designed to align with the needs of the EUTR, containing templates and risk assessment and mitigation frameworks. It supports members in promoting good procurement policies to customers, and provides a phased approach to sourcing increasing proportions of timber products from credible and verified legal and sustainable sources.

 

The RPP is complementary to certification schemes such as PEFC and products that are certified as FSC®, which meats your scope, and gives a second layer of confidence. Buying from TTF Members gives assurance that due diligence has been conducted on all their timber products, which means when you buy from a TTF member you are buying #trustedtimber. You can learn more in  RPP Hub.

Life cycle assessments

Alongside cost and performance, environmental impact assessment is an increasingly important customer driver in the UK construction sector. Understanding the full lifecycle of your construction product allows you to make the right choice to minimise carbon emissions from your project.

 

The Lifecycle Database is an information hub containing all of the environmental and design data necessary to specify timber as a first choice material. In particular, it will focus on providing a generic LCA dataset for key timber products used in the UK.

Embodied Carbon

There are two forms of emissions from construction. The most commonly known is operational carbon, which refers to the carbon dioxide released during the running of a house, for example, heating. Equally important is the embodied carbon, the carbon dioxide emitted during the construction process. This includes the sourcing of materials, transportation and on the construction site.

 

According to the UK Green Building Council, construction (embodied carbon) accounts for around 10% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions, while heating (operational carbon) accounts for another 10%.

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