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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.

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Russwood is IS0 14001; 2004 certified. 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: 2004 and set environmental objectives and targets, which are regularly reviewed and revised. This is alongside our ISO 9001:2008 quality management certification which demonstrates our ability to consistently provide products that meet the needs of our customers. View ISO 14001:2004 certificate or ISO 9001:2008 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.

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Russwood is a member of the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA), an internationally recognized authority on timber and wood products.  By ensuring that we keep up with the latest legislation and certification we can ensure that we are always at the forefront of our industry when it comes to producing sustainable timber solutions.

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Being situated in the Cairngorms National Park,  we are surrounded by the beauty of Scotland’s wildlife, forest, mountains and moorland every day, and can wholly appreciate the importance of preserving this unspoilt landscape.  We support this, not only by being a member of the Cairngorm Business Partnership, but also by ensuring that our locally sourced Scottish Larch products are produced in sustainable forests, securing the future of the Scottish wilderness for many, many years to come.