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I'm doing a research on environmentally sustainable timber materials for our recent residence projects. Would you be able to suggest on the possible low embodied carbon timber types and provide some information on the sources?

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We have some information on our website that will help with your research project. If you click on this link it will take to the relevant location https://www.woodsolutions.com.au/articles/carbon-storage. Note that you have to enter a password and then log in to access this data. 

Carbon storage

Answered on 06-02-2021
Please note that our answer is based on the best advice available at the time. If the National Construction Code, Australian Standards or local requirements have been subsequently amended, our answer may no longer be correct in all details. For more information, please read our disclaimer.

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Are there Green Star guidelines for choosing timber products?

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The Green Star rating system has a strong focus on sustainability and is explained in more detail on our website here -  https://www.woodsolutions.com.au/articles/maximise-green-star-ratings. To establish the sustainability of Australian-produced wood products we have published a series of Environmental Product Declarations, available for download here - https://www.woodsolutions.com.au/articles/environmental-product-declarations. To obtain Green Start certification for a particular project you will need to contact the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

Green Star

Answered on 30-07-2020
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Do you have product comparisons (particularly env. impacts) between structural ply and Oriented Strand Board (OSB)?

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We have an Environmental Product Declaration for plywood which can be found on our website here: https://www.woodsolutions.com.au/articles/environmental-product-declarations. However, oriented strand board is not manufactured in Australia and we don't have comparable information. We can tell you that some OSB has been assessed under the Australian Responsible Wood Certification Scheme, details here: http://ttps://www.responsiblewood.org.au/pefc-certified-osb-making-waves-in-the-australian-construction-industry. If you need more detailed information perhaps Australian suppliers could obtain it from the European or North American producers.

Oriented Strand Board

Answered on 26-06-2020
Please note that our answer is based on the best advice available at the time. If the National Construction Code, Australian Standards or local requirements have been subsequently amended, our answer may no longer be correct in all details. For more information, please read our disclaimer.

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