Sustainability, construction, and the future of timber

Sustainability, construction, and the future of timber


Our announcement of the new Timber Development UK (TDUK) Sustainability Committee is a clear signal of intent to the sector as we continue along our path towards a stronger and more closely aligned timber supply chain.

The Sustainability Committee will identify key sustainability issues that affect the specification of timber in construction and take actions to overcome them, whether developing information and guidance to cover these issues, or commissioning research.

Several key themes have already been recognised, which I am sure our members will be familiar with, including embodied carbon, the circular economy and responsible sourcing – around which sub-committees and activities are moving forward.

Importantly, this is exactly the type of group which exemplifies the diverse range of experience we can employ as TDUK to strengthen the position of timber in the market; which is what we will need to seize the opportunities, and overcome the complex barriers, we are going to face in the years ahead.

One of the key objectives of TDUK will be to bring together TTF and TRADA members from all disciplines and backgrounds to contribute to the direction of the new organisation in key policy areas. This Sustainability Committee is the first such group to be formed.

Ensuring the role of timber within low-carbon construction, our work to support sustainable forestry through responsible sourcing, and in the circular economy, is strengthened and recognised across the sector and in Government, is all essential to our future.

I encourage all our members to leap at the opportunities which will arise from this new venture, and I look forward to seeing what they accomplish.

In other news, I would like to highlight the Construction Product Association’s Trade Survey 2021, which shows how the recovery of the construction industry gathered momentum in Q1 2021, with private housing and RM&I remaining the main drivers of construction activity.

The market for construction products remains red hot and demand looks set to remain strong across summer. Keep an eye out for Friday’s Business Update when TTF Technical and Trade Manager Nick Boulton explores what this might mean for the already very tight supply and demand balance.

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