Matt de Jongh represents sustainable forestry and certified (renewable) forest products.
As the construction industry grapples with issues such as climate change and sustainability, the importance of responsible forestry practices in the built environment cannot be overstated. Timber, as the ultimate renewable resource, has a critical role to play in sustainable construction, and the use of Responsible Wood certified forest products can help to ensure that these resources are managed in a way that is environmentally responsible and socially beneficial.
This opportunity showcased the latest developments in sustainable forestry, highlighting the role of timber in creating sustainable, low-carbon buildings. With a range of exhibitors and presentations focused on sustainable forestry practices, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in this crucial area of the construction industry.
Matt de Jongh (far right) with Mel Rohan, Senior Public Affairs Officer – RICS, Alistair Coulstock, Director – Climate Change & Sustainability – KPMG and Katie Fallowfield, Director of Sustainability – WSP during the discussion on ‘Energy and Carbon Management.’ (Photo credit: Mel Rohan)
Matt provided a presentation on maximising renewables in construction and was involved in a panel discussion about energy and carbon management strategies. As part of the presentation and panel discussion Matt focused on the sustainable and eco-friendly aspects of using wood in construction, highlighting the positive impact on the environment when compared to other materials commonly used in building projects. He pointed out that wood is a natural and renewable resource that is both sustainable and cost-effective, making it an ideal choice for many construction applications.
Matt also focused on forest certification in the construction sector to help to ensure that wood products are sustainably sourced and meet specific, globally recognised sustainability standards. “By using certified wood products, builders and architects can reduce their environmental impact and help to mitigate climate change. Additionally, certification can provide assurance to customers that the wood products they are using have been sourced responsibly, supporting a growing demand for sustainable and eco-friendly building materials”, Matt said.
“It was important to emphasise the role forest certification plays in promoting sustainable forestry practices and supporting the use of certified wood through procurement and specification.”
Matt de Jongh on-stage highlighting the carbon management under AS/NZS 4708 and the benefits of using wood in construction.
Matt also highlighted the carbon benefits of using wood in construction. Unlike other non-renewable and extractive materials, such as steel and concrete, which require a significant amount of energy to produce, wood has a much lower carbon footprint. Additionally, trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, making wood an effective tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change.
Overall, Matt considers both his and Responsible Wood’s participation as a presenter and panelist a great success. As the construction industry continues to evolve, events like Sydney Build will play an increasingly key role in fostering industry collaboration, promoting innovation, and driving positive change in the industry.
With a focus on sustainability and responsible forestry practices, this year’s event was particularly relevant to those seeking to build a more sustainable future for the built environment. Those organisations that are Responsible Wood certified and supply products to the construction, architecture, engineering, and infrastructure industries should consider this event next year. With an unparalleled range of exhibitors and presentations, the event provides an opportunity to connect with industry leaders and keep up-to-date on the latest sector developments.