Wood Encouragement - A Growing Trend
Author: Brad Gray
The environmental and economic benefits of using responsibly sourced wood as a building material are continuing to be recognised as more councils adopt wood encouragement policies.
Wattle Ranges in South Australia and Kyogle in NSW have joined Victorian councils La Trobe and Wellington in implementing wood encouragement policies.
In Australia such policies are designed to emphasis the use of wood in council funded public buildings like offices, libraries, and child care facilities. Responsibly sourced wood has a range of environmental benefits including locking carbon out of the atmosphere.
In December 2014 La Trobe became the first council to implement a wood encouragement policy. Since then the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Australian Local Government Association have adopted motions encouraging their members to adopt such policies.
The moves in Australia follow similar policies around the world including Rotorua Council in New Zealand, the provinces on British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario in Canada and Finland, France, the Netherlands and Japan. Each of these policies works slightly differently but all aim to increase the use of wood in public, and some private, structures.
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Author: Brad GrayBrad is Planet Ark's Head of Campaigns. He trained and worked as a history and geography teacher before moving into the health education sector for 14 years. With a strong passion for human environments, Brad started with Planet Ark in 2007 as Recycling Programs Manager before taking up the role of Head of Campaigns in 2010. Brad works with every team in the organisation to create positive and action-based programs designed to engage Australians with the environment.
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