The award winning Mon Repos Turtle Centre has been featured in the latest edition of the Master Builder Queensland magazine.
Commissioned by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, the centre underwent a $22 million dollar rejuvenation and showcased timber supplied by Responsible Wood Chain of Custody certificate holders Hyne Timber and Austral Plywoods.
Discussing the project, Richard Kirk, the Centre’s award winning Architect, explains:
“Firstly, the location is behind established sand dunes which provide a natural shield between the buildings and the hatchings to conceal the possible spill of the buildings light,” according to Mr Kirk.
Embracing sustainability in design, the centre featured a prefabricated Hyne glulam timber structure.
Additionally, Austral Plywoods supplied Hoop Pine ‘ariaply’, a premium prefinished panel based on “A” grade Hoop Pine.
Locally grown and manufactured, the timber meets the Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management, a precondition for Responsible Wood certification.
According to Responsible Wood Marketing and Communications Officer Jason Ross, Responsible Wood certification plays an important role in ensuring that timber used in projects originates from forests that meet benchmarks consistent with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“Responsible Wood and PEFC forest certification provides a framework for global forests to be managed sustainably for multi-generational use.”
“Whether it’s minimising poverty and hunger, promoting education, good health and welling being and gender equality or clean health, sanitation, affordable and clean energy and decent work opportunities, forest certification plays an all-important in setting benchmarks and standards.”
With more than 90% of all commercial forestry in Australia certified under the scheme, a large supply of engineered timber and hoop pine timbers are sourced from Responsible Wood certified forests.
“Many businesses that supply hardwood and softwoods to builders are businesses that participate, or are eligible to participate in the Responsible Wood Chain of Custody scheme.”
“Chain of Custody, by its very nature, demonstrates that timbers processed and sold to ‘Master Builders’ are sourced from forests that meet benchmarks for the environment, as well as Australian Standards, economic and social benchmarks,” Mr Ross said.
Chain of Custody supports sustainable forest management by providing an unbroken supply chain ensuring that responsibly harvested timbers in the forest are passed onto the end-user of timber or paper-based products.
To find out more about the Mon Repos Turtle Centre and examples of projects like this one, please visit Responsible Wood.