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…

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…

Excellent presentation from Planet Ark on the positive health effects of using wood

Today I saw one of the best presentations I have ever seen. Planet Ark presented their new report into the positive health effects of using wood.  Using wood and other natural materials is called biophilic design and is proven to reduce stress, increase attentiveness and productivity and improve overall well being. Read the report on the link below: http://makeitwood.org/documents/doc-1501-wood—nature-inspired-design-report-final.pdf Also…

Responsible Wood Chair recognised in the Australia Day Honours

Dr Hans Driesma, a respected forester and Chair of Responsible Wood who has contributed enormously to the global acceptance of forest management and certification has been awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honors. Hobart-based Dr Johannes (Hans) Drielsma, chair, Responsible Wood, has played a leading role in the development of the Australian Forest Certification Scheme, and…

AFS Ltd becomes Responsible Wood

Australian Forestry Standard Ltd has changed its name to Responsible Wood. The change, announced in Hobart on November 21, reflects the company’s commitment to implementing a clear consumer-focused strategy about the sustainability of certified Australian wood products. “Our new name, Responsible Wood, and shield logo, reflect the transformational change we are embarking on as we begin to proactively raise awareness…

Charlotte Chapel wins Timber Design Award

Now in its 18th year, The Australian Timber Design Awards highlights, promotes and encourages a timber design ethos by showcasing outstanding timber design in a variety of applications. This year, Australian Forestry Standard attended the awards night as proud sponsors of the Australian Certified Timber Award. A coveted award that recognises the use of certified timber from sustainably managed forests. The…

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The Role of Certified Timber in Building Sustainable Cities

  The forest industry – and its place in sustainable living – took a pivotal role at the 10th Making Cities Liveable Conference in Brisbane recently where the AFS exhibit explained the Australian Forest Certification Scheme, chain of custody systems and sustainable forest management practices to delegates. Visitors to the stand represented a wide cross-section of government, academic and industry professionals…