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TIMBER

Whilst the School creates new 'Sustainable Construction', 'Materials and Resources' and 'Waste and Recycling' elearning modules, there has been considerable interest in the sustainable use of Timber as a property, construction and infrastructure material.


There are a number of excellent resources, as well as videos providing context on the left side of this page.

ASSESSMENT INFORMATION and RATING TOOLS include:


The Green Building Council of Australia's (GBCA's) Green Star 'Timber' credit details and background information: 
https://www.gbca.org.au/green-star/materials-category/revised-timber-credit/

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia's (ISCA's) IS rating tool Materials Calculator and Guidelines:
https://www.isca.org.au/tools_and_resources 

The International Living Future Institute's Living Building Challenge information on Materials:
https://living-future.org/lbc/materials-petal/ 

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) information for Australian hardwoods:
https://epd-australasia.com/epd/hardwood-timber/ 

Good Environmental Choice Australia's (GECA's) list of standards for products and materials:
http://www.geca.eco/our-standard-list/ 

Global GreenTag's range of products and materials by product, rating tool or manufacturer:
http://www.globalgreentag.com/products/ 

KEY ORGANISATIONS include:

FSC AUSTRALIAhttps://au.fsc.org/en-au 
FSC is an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation that works to promote the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. When timber leaves an FSC certified forest they work to ensure companies along the supply chain meet best practice standards also, so that when you see the FSC label on a product, you can be sure it’s been made from responsible sources. In this way, FSC certification helps forests remain thriving environments for generations to come, by helping you make ethical and responsible choices at your local supermarket, bookstore, furniture retailer, and beyond. FSC also develop standards for responsible forest management according to 10 principles and criteria.

PLANET ARK and MAKE IT WOODhttps://planetark.org/campaigns/make-it-wood.cfm 
When sourced responsibly, wood can play a big part in helping tackle climate change by storing carbon. ‘Make It Wood - Do Your World Some Good’ aims to encourage the increased use of responsibly sourced wood as a building material. When sourced responsibly, wood can play a big part in helping tackle climate change. This is because wood is a low carbon option for building - when used in long-lived applications it stores carbon for the long-term, it is renewable and it has a lower embodied energy than many other building materials such as concrete, steel or plastics. Make It Wood is proudly brought to you by Planet Ark in partnership with Forest and Wood Products Australia.

PEFC and RESPONSIBLE WOODhttps://www.responsiblewood.org.au/standards/pefc/ 
The Responsible Wood Forest Certification Scheme and the New Zealand Forest Certification Scheme are two of some 39 national schemes endorsed by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Responsible Wood is also the national governing body for PEFC in Australia. PEFC is an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management globally. With more than 300 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification system. PEFC works throughout the entire supply chain to promote good practice in forests and to ensure that all forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards.

VIDEO resources include:

i) Sustainable Timber: Why? (Denmark case study): https://youtu.be/KH3fMC_vo3U 

ii) WA timber production: https://youtu.be/53gjegCuWmU

iii) And WA sustainable forest management: https://youtu.be/0infljY_vAA 

iv) TEDEx talk on sustainable forestry, especially in Sweden: https://youtu.be/a4p0BbgcnjU 

v) Sustainable Timber Production in the UK: https://youtu.be/j8q9g0w2-Xk 

vi) Rethinking Construction: Timber and Sustainable Building (Architecture & Design): https://youtu.be/AtTBf-2XO4g 

vii) FSC Australia - One Simple Action: https://youtu.be/dfIC6Edsu5A

viii) FSC Australia: the role of FSC Australia: https://youtu.be/tP96xf70iRs 

ix) PEFC International and Certification - How can we best protect our forests? https://youtu.be/n5DZlyhHQqo 

x) PEFC - Forests Matter - The What and Why of PEFC for companies: https://youtu.be/vvFYPpovM9Q