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

An adaptable building is a sustainable one – that was a key concept behind the design. There are no structural internal partition walls in the Black & White building, so the workspaces are large and open. The building’s structure comprises a frame made of a beech-based laminated veneer lumber (LVL), with cross laminated timber (CLT) floor slabs and core.

Goldsmith Street is an exemplary timber frame scheme of 93 highly sustainable homes, all socially rented, in the heart of Norwich. Designed by Mikhail Riches, the development provides a combination of family-sized houses and flats for Norwich City Council, all built to the rigorous Passivhaus standards.