Wood is the only truly renewable building material. By building with sustainable timber, we help to grow global forests and combat climate change.

Increasing the use of sustainable timber is essential for lowering carbon emissions. This is because timber absorbs and stores carbon dioxide – up to one tonne per cubic metre – and can displace carbon intensive alternatives.

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Featured resources

Assessing the Carbon-Related Impacts and Benefits of Timber in Construction

This paper explains how to account for carbon in timber buildings and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) by rigorously applying the latest European Standards and the RICS Professional Statement on Whole Life Carbon Assessment in the built environment.

Life-cycle costing

Understand the importance of life-cycle costing and how it can benefit a construction in the long run and how to calculate those life-cycle costs.

Sustainable timber sourcing

Acknowledge the importance of sustainable timber sourcing and which certifications can open up markets for merchants and those involved in the industry.

Recovering and minimising waste wood

Understand how waste wood can be recycled and provide different applications that are not only economical but environmental.

Case studies

Wintringham Primary Academy is a three-form entry primary school that uses cross laminated timber to create an inspiring learning environment, built to impressive sustainability standards.

On a Thames-side site which regularly floods, March House by Knox Bhavan architects has been designed for longevity by embracing the agency of the river.