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.