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Pinewood Structures gives assurance on timber sources

13 December 2010

Pinewood Structures, the leading timber frame specialist has received Chain of Custody certification as an approved timber supplier giving customers a guarantee that its products are sourced from well managed forests.

Pinewood Structures, the leading timber frame specialist has received Chain of Custody certification as an approved timber supplier giving customers a guarantee that its products are sourced from well managed forests.

The company has implemented a chain of custody standard through the Timber Research and Development Association’s (TRADA) certification scheme TRADA Trak which is a recognized Chain of Custody environmental standard within the timber industry. This means the materials Pinewood Structures uses can be tracked through all stages of manufacturing, transportation and distribution. Materials carry the Chain of Custody label as proof that they are sourced from well managed forests and are not mixed with products from uncertified sources at any point in the supply chain.

Geoff Arnold, Pinewood Structures managing director is delighted with the certification: “This demonstrates how seriously we take the environmental concerns of our stakeholders and in particular our customers. We can now provide our customers with third party accredited assurance that our products are sourced from legal and sustainable forests. With the move by the Housing Corporation to increase the EcoHomes rating from ‘Good’ to ‘Very good’ from April 2006 for all new funded programs, Chain of Custody certification for timber frame structures is an essential requirement for our clients.”

Pinewood Structures has implemented the Chain of Custody procedure to ensure compliance with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) criteria. As part of this system Pinewood Structures will not use wood that has been illegally harvested, wood from genetically modified trees or from uncertified, high conservation value old-growth forests and specifically from areas where traditional or civil rights are violated. Similarly, timber from natural forests that has been converted to plantations or non-forest use will also not be used.

As part of the certification Pinewood Structures also has a responsibility to work closely with all of its suppliers to encourage greater use of certified timber in line with a policy of continual improvement.

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