Our members believe in responsibility right across the supply chain. This means we often work beyond responsible purchasing and seek to upskill the supply chain by promoting best practice uses and installation of wood products.
To make this happen we work with our partners through the Confederation of Timber Industries, which represents the timber industry from forest to building site, and we offer free resources to everyone from architects and specifiers, to builders and joiners.
We also work with Government on making building regulations safer.
One of the core issues we are seeking to address is enhancing fire safety. Timber is a safe, and sustainable solution to building, but it is also a combustible material and should be used appropriately.
Because of the combustible nature of timber, we believe there are some areas where wood should not be used, such as in combustible cladding above 18 metres, and there are other environments, such as on balconies, where appropriate treatment must be applied.
However, the key area of concern we have about the current approach on combustible materials from the UK Government is that it does not differentiate between the external cladding and the structural wall itself.
We believe the best way that the Government could achieve a safer building system is by introducing mandatory, comprehensive fire-risk assessments during the design process for buildings such as high rises, communities and schools.
Learn more about our work to make buildings safer by clicking on the links provided. Be sure to get in touch with us at if you have any questions, would like to help, or would like to seek our advice.