Wood encouragement policies continue to grow

Increasing numbers of local governments and their peak bodies are adopting wood encouragement policies – committing them to consider wood as the primary construction material in all new-build and refurbishment projects where its use is feasible.

Councils looking to make a difference when it comes to climate change are adopting wood encouragement policies under FWPA and Planet Ark’s ‘Make it wood’ campaign.

Eleven local governments have followed in the footsteps of Latrobe City Council, which became the first in Australia to adopt such a policy. The Australian Local Government Association and Municipal Association of Victoria have also come on board.

In addition to carbon storage and reduced emissions, the benefits of building in responsibly-sourced include increased speed of construction and good thermal performance.

Other countries where wood encouragement policies are in place include New Zealand, Canada, Finland and the Netherlands.

Australia boasts a number of striking timber public buildings including Surry Hills Library and Community Centre in Sydney and Melbourne’s Bayside Police Station and Library at the Dock.