Standards committee proceeds – with a difference

 ‘Representatives from Australia and New Zealand meet to discuss AS/NZS 4708 as historic Trans-Tasman forestry standard moves a step closer…’ Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from up to 26 different organisations participated in a teleconference instead of face to face due to New Zealand travel restrictions. Following three full days of meetings, March 16 to March 18 2020, Responsible Wood…

COVID-19: Guidance for certification bodies and certified companies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 11/03/2020 PEFC’s guidance for chain of custody auditing of PEFC certified companies affected by restrictions due to COVID-19. Due to the spread of COVID-19 worldwide, travel and medical restrictions are affecting auditing activities. In order to give some flexibility to certification bodies and certified companies affected by the disease, we have issued the following guidance: COVID-19: Guidance…

Sustainable Forest Management and the Eastern Brown kiwi

TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND – 13/03/2020 The kiwi is New Zealand’s unmistakeable national icon – a bird cherished by all New Zealand cultures and especially treasured by Māori… Two hundred years ago, an estimated 12 million kiwi roamed New Zealand’s forests and the night air echoed with their distinguishable calls. Today, the kiwi is under threat with the population now numbering…

Responsible Wood launches ‘PEFC Australia’ website

New website to support Responsible Wood members and certificate holders carrying PEFC claims on forest products…  Responsible Wood, Australia’s largest forest certification scheme, has launched a new ‘PEFC Australia’ website promoting PEFC forest certification in Australia. Reflecting on the new website, Responsible Wood Marketing and Communications Officer Jason Ross, emphasised the growing awareness and footprint of PEFC in Australia and…

Responsible Wood inspires student to great heights

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – 12/03/2020 ‘UQ Student Bridget Scanlan announced as winner of the inaugural Responsible Wood Civil Engineering prize’ A GRADUATE structural engineer at the University of Queensland has been awarded the inaugural Responsible Wood Civil Engineering Prize for excellence in timber design. Bridget Scanlan is investigating computational tools for residential timber design for her final-year thesis at the University…

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PEFC claims on timber matters

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – 06/03/2020 ‘Responsible Wood Director and World Architecture Festival judge Mark Thomson challenges architects and builders to insist on PEFC and Responsible Wood claims on timber’ Following the announcement of the 2020 World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Lisbon, Portugal, architects are now invited to nominate their favourite timber projects for the coveted ‘Best Use of Certified Timber’ award.…

A lodge like no other…

AHURIRI VALLEY, NEW ZEALAND – 28/02/2020 Introducing The Lindis, New Zealand’s very own slice of heaven… Set in the majestic Ahuriri Valley in the New Zealand’s South Island, the lodge blends so perfectly with the surrounds that you’d be forgiven for missing it. A five-bedroom masterpiece the site is exposed to an extreme climate range from plus 35 degrees in…

Just Published! Responsible Wood Bulletin Summer 2020

‘Special 2019/20 Australian bushfire coverage headlines Summer Bulletin’ BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – 20/02/2020 To all firefighters, the emergency services and many thousands of volunteers involved in the Australian bushfire season, thank you…  ‘The latest edition of the Bulletin, a special 20 page stretch edition, features a collection of stories from the front line, written at the time of the bushfires from…

Responsible Wood to feature at National Sustainability Conference

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – 19/02/2020 Responsible Wood announced as 2020 National Sustainability Conference exhibit as #NCS2020 program is finalised Responsible Wood, Australia’s largest forest certification scheme, has been announced as a key exhibit at the 2020 National Sustainability Conference in Brisbane. Running Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28 at the Calile Hotel in Brisbane, the packed program features Responsible Wood…