What You Need To Know About Certified Timber

As the world moves towards sustainability, more and more people are looking for environmentally friendly options for everyday lives. This cannot be truer for construction and building. 

For thousands of years, the timber and logging industry has played a critical role in the construction of buildings and homes. However, with this comes the risk of deforestation and also the destruction of habitats.

The good news is that today there are ways to build with timber without harming the environment. But what does it mean when timber is labelled or referred to as certified?

In this post, we will discuss what certified timber is and why you should use sustainably sourced certified timber. 

What Does “Certified” Mean?

Timber is, unsurprisingly, one of the most popular materials in all elements of construction and interior design. Its natural beauty and durability make it the perfect choice in a number of projects. 

Timber that is labelled as ‘certified’ refers to the process set out by the FSC (The Forest Stewardship Council) to ensure responsible forest management and the sustainable production of lumbar and timber products. 

The goal of this is to protect natural resources and preserve the environment to promote environmentally sustainable, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.

There are 2 kinds of certified timber used in the timber industry:

Forestry Certification/FC

 Forestry certification ensures that timber forests and plantations are healthy, well managed and renewable. They also provide secondary benefits through local aid.

Chain of Custody/ CoC Certification

 This certification monitors the wood from timber plantations along the supply chain. With a CoC Certification, the timber you are purchasing has been responsibly manufactured from the forest to the mill to the hardware store it is purchased from.

[H2] Why Consider Certified?

With forests covering 30 per cent of global land area, it is important that these areas be protected. Not only to preserve wildlife habitats and natural beauty but also to protect the environment overall.

By purchasing certified timber, you are playing an important role in supporting sustainable and renewable timber production, as well as mitigating the effects of climate change.

These benefits include:

Environmental Advantages

Certified timber ensures that the production process has been monitored and is sustainable. By using certified timber, you are ensuring that the environment will remain healthy and intact.

Economic Benefits

By purchasing certified timber, you are supporting local communities and businesses. With a number of timber and wood products, this process creates jobs and opportunities for those working within the industry.

Economic Empowerment

The sustainable production of certified wood contributes to the development of rural areas. This is especially beneficial to those living in developing regions.

Certified Timber Suppliers In Brisbane

Dedicated to providing eco-friendly, sustainable timber, Gowan Lea Timbers have been supplying high quality, responsibly sourced certified timber products to clients across the Brisbane area for years. 

By ensuring each of their products are planted, grown and harvested in accordance with the strictest codes of practice, you can rest easy knowing you are doing your part to help the environment.

Contact Gowan Lea Timbers today for more information on their range of certified timber products.