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3 ways to make your use of timber more sustainable
There is an increased emphasis on looking after and protecting the environment. In the construction industry, timber is seen as one of the most sustainable construction materials available. Right?
Here are 3 ways to increase the sustainability of your timber use:
1. Always specify certified timber
By using certified timber, you are supporting sustainably run forests that replant trees as they are felled. Not only does this help reduce the effects of global warming, it also ensures that woodlands and forests are managed and not exploited.
It is easier than ever to get sustainable timber and to find alternatives for timber that may not be certified.
There are a number of certification programmes, but FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) are the most recognized.
Look out for FSC and PEFC when you purchase your timber.
2. Source sustainably for temporary works
Many projects specify certified timber for the build but forget about the temporary works. If you put effort into sourcing sustainable products for the build, the same should go for products you use for temporary works.
It may be that you need to substitute some timber products to achieve this – e.g. switch plywood for OSB. To make this even more sustainable, could you reuse these materials for the same purpose on your next job?
3. Disposal of surplus materials
Left over materials at the end of a job is inevitable. If these materials cannot be used on your next job, then consider sending them to a local recycling project. Timber sent to recycling projects is turned into furniture or made available to buy in their raw state. This saves extra waste going to landfill.