Responsible Wood, Australian forest delegation visit Japan for high-level trade talks…

A HIGH-LEVEL Australian forest industries delegation will be in Tokyo next week for site visits and meetings with Japanese industry leaders and government officials. The mission from December 10 to 13 will include a reception with Japanese industry representatives. The delegation is led by Responsible Wood, the Australian Forest Products Association and the co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends of Forestry…

Responsible Wood gets its tick from Standards Australia

“As one of five accredited Standards Development Organisations we are subject to regular surveillance audits, this ensures that our scheme is independent, credible, transparent and technically competent” And so the Responsible Wood offices were abuzz with activity as the Standards Development and Accreditation Committee (SDAC) appointed an independent auditor to oversee Responsible Wood’s ‘check compliance’ to Standard Development Organisation (SDO)…

PEFC certified OSB making waves in the Australian construction industry

Find out how Responsible Wood scheme member Simmonds Lumber is supplying OSB SimBoard to the Australian construction industry… OSB (oriented strand board) is the most used structural board for bracing, flooring and sheeting in timber frame buildings in many parts of the world. Perhaps it has been surprising that OSB is not been more commonly used in building and construction…

Tallest office building a ‘king-hit’ for PEFC certified timber

THE Queensland Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace and Impact Investment Group joined Lendlease yesterday to celebrate the official opening of Australia’s tallest engineered timber office building 25 King a $2.9 billion renewal development on Brisbane showgrounds at Bowen Hills. The $140 million nine storey building involved 3097 individual timber elements, including 33 timber columns on…

The Responsible Wood wrap up from the PEFC General Assembly

PEFC endorses new benchmarks, Responsible Wood director presents to the General Assembly and PEFC elect Tasmanian forester to peak board… “NOVEMBER 14 was a future defining day for PEFC,” secretary-general Ben Gunneberg said as the PEFC general assembly in Geneva voted on the approval of the revised Sustainable Forest Management and Group Forest Management Certi­cation benchmark standards. “We are delighted…

Responsible Wood endorses new PEFC benchmarks standards for SFM and group forest certification

The new benchmarks are a leap forward for sustainable forest management and small forest holders… Endorsed following a vote of the PEFC General Assembly in Switzerland, Responsible Wood is proud to announce that new Sustainable Forest Management and Group Forest Management Certification benchmark standards have been developed for use. Representing Responsible Wood, the PEFC National Governing Body in Australia, Simon Dorries advised that the…

Turning the tables on unsustainable furniture

In the Brisbane suburb of Yeerongpilly flat-pack furniture is being re-imagined.  Here, joiner Ben McGreevy recently launched furniture company Oak and Hide, using Australian Hoop Pine to craft furniture that will be ingeniously flat-packed for delivery but guaranteed to out-live its cheaper flat-packed rivals by decades. McGreevy has abolished the need for allan keys, dowels, fasteners and bolts (which are…