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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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.

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.

Case studies

Set on a backland plot in the Clyde Circus Conservation Area in Tottenham, Hayhurst & Co’s design for Green House draws on the natural history and verdant character of its location.

Built using timber from the client’s woodland, the UK Hardwoods Storage Building is a remarkable example of local businesses working together to use timber in a sustainable and creative way.