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The advantages of verified sustainable timber

Well done to Sandwood (‘Inner-city social housing that’s a certified success’, November 22).
Developers should look closely at the advantages offered by project certification schemes such as the one described. It really helps suppliers in bringing through verified sustainable timber.

I was surprised Sandwood had difficulty sourcing their requirements. FSC, and indeed PEFC timber, is readily available for most structural species and uses. For a quick source identifier, the Timber Trade Federation website ( lists what its members have available.

I was also surprised at the premium of 7 per cent quoted for FSC timber. While there should be a premium to reflect the cost of getting certified, our research says there is no or little premium for certified structural timber and little demand.

All developers should clarify whether they want certified or verified legal timber when specifiying for projects.

John White
chief executive
Timber Trade Federation