Builders play a leading role in sustainable construction

Building with certified wood is brilliant for the planet, our health, and the economy. In addition, buying locally certified wood reduces our carbon footprint and supports local communities connected to sustainable forest management. As Australian builders declare a climate and biodiversity emergency material selection plays an all-important role in protecting the planet. In the latest Builders Declare webinar Mark Thomson,…

Responsible Wood gets its ‘compliance tick’ from Standards Australia

As one of five accredited Standards Development Organisations Responsible Wood is subject to regular surveillance audits, ensuring our scheme is independent, credible, trans parent, and technically competent… Responsible Wood has passed an audit and ‘check compliance’ with flying colours with development activities meeting all requirements of Standards Australia. Connecting remotely, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the surveillance audit provides…

PEFC receives highest ranking against ASEAN Guidelines

As featured by PEFC International PEFC has achieved the highest ranking in the assessment against the ASEAN RAI Guidelines, thanks to our regional approach. In a recently published report assessing the alignment with ASEAN RAI, the PEFC Sustainable Forest Management principles scored 9.5 out of 10 points. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Guidelines for Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture…

Responsible Wood to feature in new webinar series

Tasmanian Timber Webinar Series: Responsible Wood launches Wednesday, the 23rd of September 2020 at 1pm Courtesy of Claire Bennett, Tasmanian Timber Consumers and professionals want to be assured that the timber products they specify or purchase are coming from responsibly and sustainably managed forests. But with multiple certification schemes available in Australia, it’s hard to know what the best environmental…

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…

New PEFC Chain of Custody standard released for comment

Covered by Jim Bowden, Timber & Forestry E News ‘Proposed changes include revision of the PEFC Due Diligence System (DDS) and introduction of an all new ‘PEFC pure’ label’ PEFC International, the world’s largest forest certification system, invites Timber and Forest E News subscribers to provide feedback on the PEFC Chain of Custody and PEFC Trademark Standards. With a deadline of…

Hot off the press! Presenting the Responsible Wood Bulletin Autumn 2019…

Extended 16 page edition builds on Responsible Wood’s momentum in the market… Ahead of the autumn release of the Responsible Wood Bulletin, Simon Dorries, CEO of Australia’s largest forest certification scheme, reflected on the shifting perceptions of forest certification in the forest products industry. “For the first time, the Australian Forestry Standard now known as Responsible Wood has developed a…

Responsible Wood, PEFC meets with the NZGBC to discuss Green Star and Home Star timber credits 

“PEFC, forest certification can be used to verify origin of timber for material credits” Meeting with representatives from the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) Responsible Wood Marketing and Communications Officer, Jason Ross, discussed forest certification and how it can be used to verify the origin of timber materials for Green Star and Home Star projects. “When it comes to…

Timber House, Responsible Wood project certification reaches new frontier

“Exciting development as Timber House, Responsible Wood phase application now lodged” Project certification for the Timber Queensland office in Brisbane is a step closer with the project now proceeding to the final stage of project certification. Talking to Responsible Wood’s Jason Ross, SCS Global Services Nick Capobianco outlined the next steps involved in the Responsible Wood project certification process: “SCS…