Sustainability

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

Sustainable timber is essential for lowering carbon emissions. This is because timber absorbs and stores carbon dioxide – sequestering up to one tonne per cubic metre – and displacing carbon intensive materials.

Using responsibly-sourced timber products also helps preserve forests – as a key driver of sustainable forest management, with multiple trees planted for every one harvested – and produces critical biodiversity benefits.

Explore our resources below to find out how timber is contributing to a more sustainable built environment.

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Timber Policy

Countries across the world are embracing timber construction – and encouraging it in their national and regional policies. What can the UK learn from them? Read the inspiring case studies in this document to find out.

2024 Embodied Carbon Data for Timber Products

Although timber is classed as a low embodied carbon construction material, different timber products will have different embodied carbon values depending on the energy inputs during processing and transportation.

Timber and Embodied Carbon

Utilising sustainably sourced timber can help to reduce the embodied carbon emissions in buildings while also storing CO2e out of the atmosphere.

Net Zero Roadmap

The Net-Zero Roadmap project wants to establish a clear route to net-zero by 2050 for the industry. The roadmap highlights the key areas where the timber industry can make a difference.

Case studies

The Technique Building received a new lease of life by a superstructure of glulam column-and-beam frame, and new storeys (with solid CLT floor slabs) added to the top. The building’s six storeys feature high ceilings and generous open volumes.

This rooftop extension of a 1920s office building used pre-fabricated CLT to create a dramatic double-height office space with a mezzanine floor and angled rooflights.