AusFenEx19 is a window and glass conference, or a conference for all things fenestration, which was held in Sydney at the International Convention Centre Sydney over two days in late August. Responsible Wood attended to promote forest certification and the use of wood in that industry. Source: Timberbiz
And for Jason Ross, Marketing and Communications Officer, Responsible Wood’s involvement with AusFenEx19 is a natural fit.
“By the numbers windows and doors are among the top ten products that architects, designers and builders want to see at trade exhibitions. When it comes to windows and doors, timber selection is all important, both structurally and as an architectural finish,” Mr Ross said.
For Responsible Wood, the verification of timber, at its origin, is a crucial purchase decision faced by architects, designers and builders alike.
Responsible Wood regularly presents workshops with architects, engineers, designers and builders, as many specifiers of timber based products are committed to doing the right thing and sourcing timber based products from responsible forests.
So, when it comes to using timber framing in windows and doors, forest certification provides architects, designers and builders with a level of trust that timber is sourced from forests that are managed for future use.
Globally there are two internationally recognised forest certification schemes, PEFC and FSC, which together are used to certify more than 8% of all global forests. In Australia, the Responsible Wood certification scheme is mutually recognised and internationally endorsed by PEFC and uses the Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (AS 4708) and Chain of Custody (AS 4707).
There has been an increase in inquiries for certification across the board in Australia.
“Certainly, the increase inquiry has been reflected here at AusFenEx19 with suppliers and specifiers alike asking more and more questions about forest certification,” Mr Ross said.