Wood for Good have put together some information on specifying tropical hardwoods, the international supply chain and finding a responsible supplier.  By choosing certified tropical hardwood from sustainably managed sources you can help protect the forest and sustain income for people in developing countries.  Making sure that forests provide an income for local people is arguably one of the most effective measures to protect areas from clear felling for activites such as growing palm oil and soy or cattle farming. The full article can be read here.

The article also includes a link to an online CPD module accredited by RIBA about sustainable timber procurement.  The online module has been developed by the Timber Trade Federation and Wood Campus.  There is a short introduction about the benefits of construction using timber including an interview with architect Andrew Waugh (Waugh Thistleton) who sees timber construction as a way of tackling two of the worlds biggest challenges; global warming and population increase. The course covers the following:

  • a  broad awareness of forest legality and sustainability issues
  • an understanding of the role of certification
  • an understanding of legal requirements
  • an awareness of the UK governments requirements
  • an understanding of how to specify and procure legal and sustainable timber