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Alasdair McGregor of BM TRADA presents the PEFC Project Certification certificate to Julie Brooks and David Jowett of Willmott Dixon.

Earlier this month, Kingsgate House, a seven-storey residential project in West London became the first major construction project in the world to achieve PEFC Project Certification.
Located on the King’s Road, the Kingsgate House development provides 43 affordable residential units. Designed by Horden Cherry Lee Architects and built by main contractor Willmott Dixon, the structure consists largely of PEFC-certified cross laminated timber (CLT) supplied by KLH UK. The site area is approximately 1345m2 (0.13 hectares) and the striking design is set to become an exemplar sustainable building, achieving Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, with the PEFC-certified solid wood acting as a natural, low carbon and renewable alternative to steel and concrete. This is a first for PEFC UK and Willmott Dixon and it is hoped that the lessons learned and the promotion of the project will help raise awareness of Project Certification. The majority of solid wood solutions such as CLT and Glulam are from PEFC-certified sources and construction projects using these materials should find PEFC Project Certification readily achievable. The Project Certificate was presented to Willmott Dixon at a CPD event at the Building Centre in London by BM TRADA and PEFC UK. Both organisations warmly congratulate Willmott Dixon and all the project members on this outstanding achievement.

PEFC certified timber is at the centre of some the most exciting developments across the UK construction landscape with the increased use of solid wood building solutions such as cross laminated timber (CLT) and Glulam. We have therefore published a new factsheet - PEFC and Solid Wood Construction which is available to download from the PEFC UK website.


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Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, YB DATUK AMAR DOUGLAS UGGAH EMBAS welcomes delegates to the Kuala Lumpur General Assembly

International Stakeholder members and 37 national members. System Development Workshop This year, eleven countries from three continents participated in the second PEFC system development workshop. The workshop was one of several side events convened on the final day of the PEFC Forest Certification Week. It brought together fifty representatives from Cameroon, India, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, The Philippines, Republic of Congo, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam with representatives of PEFC members from Malaysia, Spain and PEFC International. The workshop saw the launch of PEFC’s new Toolkit for Developing National Certification Systems, designed to help organisations currently involved in standard setting processes to learn more about PEFC International’s requirements.

In November, PEFC hosted its inaugural forest certification week in Kuala Lumpur. The busy week incorporated the 18th General Assembly, a twoday Stakeholder meeting and a full programme of side bar events as well as a system development workshop.
General Assembly The General Assembly was opened by the Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, YB DATUK AMAR DOUGLAS UGGAH EMBAS who welcomed participants from more than 35 countries and reaffirmed Malaysia’s commitment to the sustainable management of its forest resources. The Malaysian timber industry is one of the major contributors to the country’s
Chairman Hugh Miller and National Secretary Alun Watkins represented PEFC UK at the General Assembly

export earnings. In 2012, the timber sector generated almost 4.6 billion Euros of export earnings and contributed close to 2.9% of the country’s total merchandise exports. The long-term availability of timber from healthy forests is therefore very important to the Malaysian economy. New Stakeholder Members The European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) and International Council of Forest & Paper Associations (ICPFA) joined PEFC as international stakeholder members at the General Assembly. PEFC currently has 21

The organisers of the Rio Olympics have opted to follow London’s 2012 lead by developing an inclusive timber procurement policy. The Sustainability Management Plan for the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games states that all timber used in permanent or temporary constructions for Rio 2016™ must come from legal and responsible sources. This means that both forest management and Chain of Custody must be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Brazilian Forest Certification Programme (INMETRO/CERFLOR) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Abbotsford Visitor Centre

The first ever Timber in Construction Magazine awards were held in Manchester last November. The awards aimed to celebrate some of the finest construction projects completed recently which used timber to its fullest potential. PEFC, SFI and the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) jointly sponsored the Commercial Project of the Year Award, which was won by the Abbotsford Visitor Reception Building.
Abbotsford is the world-famous home built for Sir Walter Scott in the Scottish Borders. The Visitor Reception Building was conceived as a modern version of a gate lodge by Edinburgh-based architects LDN. The new two-storey building comprises a reinforced concrete basement and specialist structural timber frame with timber weatherboard cladding and curtain walling to external walls with a Sedum green roof system. Internal finishes included high quality oak linings to walls and ceilings and bespoke reception counters. Accepting the award from PEFC UK’s Alun Watkins, Emma Rose confirmed LDN’s commitment to the use of timber as a sustainable and innovative building material.   Alun Watkins presents the award for the Commercial Project of the Year to Emma Rose of LDN Architects, Edinburgh.

In March, PEFC will be exhibiting at Ecobuild for the sixth year in succession. Ecobuild is the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. This year’s show will be held at London’s ExCeL exhibition and conference centre from 4-6 March. PEFC UK will be sharing a stand with fellow PEFC member schemes – the North American Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) All three organisations will be there to promote the benefits of certified timber from around the globe. If you are planning to visit the show, you can find us in the South Hall, Stand S940, please stop by and say hello, we’d love to see you there.

In November, 26 of the world’s leading companies along the forest products value chain, responsible for nearly 40% of annual global forest, paper and packaging sales, committed to supporting forest certification systems, such as PEFC, in order to significantly scale up sustainable forest management.
In their Leadership Statement on the Value and Future of Forest Certification, released by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Forest Solutions Group (FSG), companies recognised that reducing forest loss and degradation is a global priority which requires immediate and concerted action. In order to ensure that the supply of independently verified, sustainable wood and other forest products continues to increase to meet growing demand, all 26 FSG member companies committed to: l Working with stakeholders to spread sustainable forest management l Supporting and promoting the expansion of forest certification l Setting 2020 targets to increase the use of certification when sourcing forest products and fibre l and, Growing the market for certified forest products.

Ecobuild 2014 4-6 March 2014 South Hall – Stand S940 Further details: PEFC UK Annual Field Trip 20-21 May 2014 Lockerbie PEFC UK Annual Stakeholder Day 2014 Tuesday 1st July 2014 Further details:




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PEFC has published its first wall calendar this year. The calendars, which feature images of certified forests from around the world, are available free of charge. If you would like a copy please email: or telephone 0114 307 2334.

Alun Watkins PEFC UK National Secretary e t 0114 307 2334 ...for all general enquiries and queries about Chain of Custody and use of the PEFC logo. Hilary Khawam PEFC Communications Director e t 01689 819902

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