As the largest buyer of timber products, the construction industry influences the type of timber in demand and helps to increase the amount of sustainably-sourced material used. Rating systems, such as the Living Future Institute of Australia's Living Building Challenge, the Green Building Council and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) provide credits, and thus, market incentives, for FSC-certified products. Contractors and their suppliers can obtain FSC chain of custody certification or FSC project certification.

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FSC-Certified Wood in Construction

Responsible sourcing of wood can benefit construction projects in many ways. Wood is more carbon and energy efficient in comparison to other building materials. However, wood can originate from unsustainable forest management practices which can undermine its benefits. This risk can be mitigated by sourcing FSC certified wood. FSC is the world’s most trusted sustainable forest management solution that adds environmental, social and economic benefits to construction projects.

How Construction Professionals Can Ensure Responsible Management of Tropical Forests

Tropical forests are home to two-thirds of the world’s biodiversity, including thousands of different tropical tree species – and it’s our responsibility to preserve them. As a construction professional, you can support sustainable tropical timber by considering some of the incredible FSC-certified lesser-known timber species. Watch this video to learn more about FSC-certified tropical timber.

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