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UKTFA Code of Practice

Architects, specifiers and builders are looking increasingly at the environmental impact of their schemes in line with the need to significantly reduce carbon during construction and limiting the future carbon-impact of our communities.

The timber frame industry believes that it can make a significant contribution to sustainable construction for sustainable communities. Timber, as a construction material, has a significant role to play in helping to protect the local and global environment.  The UKTFA positively supports sustainable construction and encourages Members to follow the Code of Practice below:

  • To actively promote the use of timber products sourced from well managed sustainable sources and communicate our commitment to our customers and consumers.
  • To recognise sustainable development as a key objective and an essential measure of a successful organisation.
  • To maximise the benefits of timber frame design to reduce raw material waste during manufacture and construction and further enhance the whole-life energy efficiency of residential and commercial developments.
  • To participate in the continuing education and research into sustainable construction.
  • To encourage clients, architects and specifiers to consider the “cradle to grave” environmental costs of all building materials.
  • To bring commercial pressure on our suppliers, where possible, to adopt good environmental supply chain management.
  • To encourage the development of a well managed, environmentally responsible forest industry taking into account long-term environmental, social, biodiversity and economic considerations.
  • The UKTFA encourages the work of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), PEFC (Pan European Forest Certification) and SFI  (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) in this regard.


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