Wood, the sustainable choice
With significant improvements and innovations from both a supply and performance perspective, the timber industry can hold its collective head up high as the sustainable material choice in key construction applications.
As well as offering unique beauty, excellent value for money and unparalleled renewability, using wood from sustainably managed forests actually reduces carbon dioxide emissions, as the carbon dioxide stored by the forest and in the timber product outweighs any carbon dioxide created during the production of the product. Each tonne of timber used instead of other building materials (like steel, or brick and concrete block) saves around a tonne of carbon dioxide.
It is upon this bedrock that the UK Timber Industry Accord has built the publication ‘Timber: Growing our Low-Carbon Economy’, a document that underpins the fabulous credentials of timber and the immense potential of this industry, from forestry through to product manufacturers.
This document, a manifesto of sorts, draws out how we already contribute and across the four crucial areas
- Growing our Low Carbon Economy
- Providing sustainable jobs and growth,
- helping to build zero carbon homes efficiently, and
- providing the natural choice for health and well-being