Everyone agrees that biobased materials are the future. Wood is a frontrunner in this, and has great potential as a circular, environmentally and climate-friendly building material. Of course we are talking about wood from responsibly managed forests.
FSC forest management ensures that the forests in our world are preserved. The habitats of plants and animals are protected, people who live and work in the forest are treated with respect. Responsible forest management means that timber is harvested and money is made, but in a responsible way and with preservation of forests. A well-managed forest runs less risk of being cut down for palm oil or soybean plantations and mining. In fact, FSC forest management does not allow that.
The harvest from these forests provides the supply of wood on the Dutch market. Certified wood is 100 percent renewable and is therefore completely circular. It also stores large amounts of CO2 during growth and, due to its low weight, requires far fewer transport movements than conventional building materials. This has a positive effect on nitrogen emissions.
And did you know that it is demonstrably healthier to live in an environment with many natural, biobased materials? We as humans become calm and feel better in a wooden building.
In the 20 years that FSC Netherlands has existed, the use of certified wood has become the standard. Because more and more organizations apply a 100% sustainable purchasing policy, FSC is also focusing on stimulating more wood in construction. Because with an increased demand for certified wood, more forest owners are being encouraged to have forests certified. A wider use of wood is therefore not only good for us as an end user who wants to build with an environmentally friendly, circular material, but also for the forest cover worldwide.
This idea is entirely in line with the vision of Pablo van der Lugt and Atto Harsta. In this book, let yourself be inspired by the use of biobased materials and the endless application possibilities.