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Why use wood?

Against a backdrop of growing concern about the environmental impact of the things we do and the materials we use, the popularity of wood – a versatile, beautiful material that’s easy to use and easy to live with, is growing.  Wood is playing an increasingly important role in the construction industry, due to the unique benefits it offers.

10 reasons why wood should be used as a construction material

  1. Non-toxic, recyclable material
  2. Light, yet strong and easily worked
  3. Can be used as a bio-fuel at the end of its product life
  4. The only truly sustainable resource for construction
  5. Natural insulator which reduces energy used for heating
  6. Derived from renewable sources
  7. Sustainable and healthy;  every cubic metre stores about 0.8 tons of CO2
  8. Lowest embodied energy of any mainstream building material
  9. Best thermal insulation properties of any mainstream building material
  10. Plus…it looks beautiful and no two boards will ever be the same!

To find out more about the benefits of using wood, there are a number of tutorials available on the Wood for Good website.

Why use Russwood?

Russwood is fully committed to minimizing environmental impact as we believe that we have a responsibility, to our customers, employees and other company stakeholders, to operate as sustainably as possible.

Russwood aims to continually improve environmental performance by focusing on the following objectives;

  • Avoid the wastage of materials, water and energy throughout the business
  • Use materials from renewable sources and recycled or recyclable materials
  • Source and supply sustainable products
  • Promote the use of timber as a truly sustainable building material

To meet these objectives we are compliant to a number of environmental standards, and members of several trade organisations, as follows;

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Russwood is Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified (FSC certificate number TT-COC-004581) which guarantees responsible management of the forests from where our timber is sourced.

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Russwood is PEFC™ certified (PEFC certificate number BMT-PEFC-1405) which ensures the chain of custody of our timber is controlled from the forest through to the final product use.

ISO9001 UKAS SystemCert COL2    19085 BM TRADA C Mark SystemCert ISO 14001 RGB3

Russwood EMS Certificate 14001:2021. To achieve environmental improvements throughout our operations, we are committed to establishing an Environmental Management System to meet the requirements of the international standard ISO 14001: 2015 and set environmental objectives and targets, which are regularly reviewed and revised. This is alongside our ISO 9001:2015 quality management certification which ensures we are continuously striving to improve our products, our processes and our customer's experience in dealing with Russwood. View EMS Certificate 14001:2021 or ISO 9001:2021 certificate.

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Russwood is a supporter of The Wood for Good campaign, which aims to promote the suitability and sustainability of wood as a building material to the construction and logistics sectors and associated professionals such as architects and design engineers.