Planet Ark’s Make It Wood Campaign joins Tasmanian Timber

Planet Ark’s Make It Wood Campaign will be joining Tasmanian Timber Expert Michael Lee from the Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood (UTAS) to deliver webinar presentations to 21 Australian architectural firms encouraging the use of Tasmanian Timber.

In addition to Lee’s expert technical knowledge on timber and the Tasmanian species, the Make it Wood Campaign Manager, David Rowlinson, will talk about the benefits of using wood in the built environment as part of the solution to climate change, and the use of biophilic design for improved health and wellbeing.

The Planet Ark Environmental Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a world where people live harmoniously with nature. Planet Ark helps people, governments and businesses reduce their impact on the environment.

Planet Ark’s objectives are to promote sustainable resource use for a circular economy; to support low carbon lifestyles; and to connect people with nature. To that end, Planet Ark launched the Make it Wood campaign in 2011, which aims to encourage the increased use of responsibly sourced wood as a building material.

David says when sourced responsibly, the benefits that timber brings are vast. Timber is the only major building material that helps tackle climate change,” he says. “It’s renewable – the ultimate renewable, it stores carbon for the life of the building and it has much lower embodied carbon than conventional, more carbon-intensive building materials like concrete and steel.”

Certification – what does Planet Ark’s Make It Wood campaign recommend?

David says he understands that there is some confusion about
certification of forests, particularly around the differences between FSC and Responsible Wood (PEFC).

“Native forestry in Tasmania, and Australia for that matter, generally have Responsible Wood (PEFC) certification, and plantation forestry typically has FSC certification. Both schemes are internationally recognised and certify that the forests are being managed sustainably. Architects simply need to ensure that the wood they source is certified.

“We’ve looked at this, we understand how the forests are being managed and we strongly believe in Tasmanian forestry.”

“The amount of knowledge, training, and passion is tremendous. Their focus is on maximising value recovery and then ensuring 100 per cent of the forest is regenerated.

“We look forward to other opportunities to work with Tasmanian timber to share this important message – that using wood, will do your world some good.”

Planet Ark is one of the most trusted authorities on the environment, listed amongst the top five most reputable brands for environmental, sustainable and ethical performance for six years running.

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