Update – Reforms to the illegal logging laws (February 2018)

The following is an extract from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Website In October 2017, the government announced several reforms to the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012. These were intended to streamline and clarify the Regulation’s due diligence requirements. The key reform was the establishment of a new ‘deemed to comply’ arrangement for products certified under the Forest…

Responsible Wood wins gold in international brand contest

A GOLD medal award in an international branding competition has added to the Australia-wide success of the Responsible Wood campaign. The Responsible Wood logo won best brand and best design agency in the Oceania region in the 5thInternational Best Brands contest, which honours excellence in design around the world. Since Australian Forestry Standard changed its name to Responsible Wood in…

New Amendment to Australian Standard AS 4707- Chain of Custody for Forest Products

Responsible Wood  has released a new amendment to AS 4707- Chain of Custody for Forest Products. The amendment provides a change to the definition of “producer groups”. Producer groups are typically groupings of small to medium businesses that collaborate to operate a group chain of custody scheme.  Group certification allows sharing of costs between group members and provides a very…

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Amended PEFC Standard for Sustainable Forest Management out for Public Comment

The draft of the PEFC Sustainable Forest Management Meta-Standard has been released for public comment.  The Meta-Standard provides the base document against which all PEFC endorsed National Standards must align.  It provides requirements for performance and sustainability indicators.  The amended draft provides new performance requirements for the sustainable management of trees located outside of forests and micro-forestry.  Such sources of…

UQ’s advanced engineering building a ‘living building’ showstopper

The University of Queensland’s advanced engineering building is an inspirational showcase of a ‘living building’. Designed by Richard Kirk Architects in partnership with Hassell, the 5 Star Green Star rated building is an award winning demonstration of Australian excellence in environmental architecture. As cars, phones, computers and digital devices are getting smarter, so too should buildings. This was the Architects…

Just Published: Industry Bulletin Autumn 2018

Welcome to the autumn edition of the Responsible Wood Bulletin. Features include: Dr Hans Drielsma awarded AM for service to forestry; rolling out the Responsible Wood message to the trade; certified cypress choice for $38m Hobart wharf project; Responsible Wood goes bush; doing timber business in Queensland. Enjoy the read… Responsible Wood Industry Bulletin Autumn 2018 [PDF]

Responsible Wood director appointed to judge Sustainable Timber Award at World Architecture Festival

AWARD-winning Brisbane eco-architect Mark Thomson and Responsible Wood Director has been appointed to the international judging panel at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, the world’s largest global gathering of the architectural elite. The festival, dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture, is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures sit alongside live…

Responsible Wood 2018 Photo Contest

AS governing body for PEFC international in Australia, Responsible Wood is again promoting a nation-wide photo contest, aimed at further raising awareness of the importance of sustainable forest management and certification. CEO Simon Dorries said the contest theme – ‘experience forests, experience PEFC’ – would enable participants to submit photos that fit this theme. “This could embrace many topics, from…

Sustainable Australian wood panels feature in Melbourne Recital Centre

The Melbourne Recital Centre is an acclaimed music destination combining architectural innovation and acoustic perfection within its two performance spaces to showcase the best music, artists and ensembles from around the world. The centre’s interior is lined with striking plywood panels of hoop pine sourced from Responsible Wood-certified plantations in southeast Queensland. The building won the Property Council’s National Award…

Responsible Wood-certified cypress choice for $38m Hobart wharf project

Hobart architects Circa Morris-Nunn set high standards in their selection of wood for their award-winning structures – it must be robust and dense, blend aesthetically with other materials … and carry the highest credentials for certification and sustainability. All this criteria is on vivid display in their design of the $38 million MAC01 hotel complex at Hobart’s Macquarie wharf re-development…