Sustainable Timber & Green Building
SUSTAINABILITY OF NEW ZEALAND SPECIALTY TIMBER SUPPLY
New Zealand Larch Cladding (Whitewash)
New Zealand Elm Interior Batten
New Zealand Ash Flooring
New Zealand Larch Cladding (Natural)
New Zealand timber production has a high standard of sustainability relative to other countries.
All native timber harvest is single tree selection with priority on dead trees, and improving the forest ecosystem. About 90 percent of exotic tree harvest is replanted. The total area of both native and exotic forests has been increasing by about 15,000 hectares over the past few years.
Timbers of New Zealand is a buyer of logs and with our forestry expertise we encourage forest owners to manage their woodlots sustainably.
Sustainable production of specialty timbers in New Zealand is maintained by legislation and monitored by central and local government.
Legislation focusing on sustainability are:
- The RMA (Resource Management Act 1991): Aims to achieve sustainable management of natural and physical resources. The RMA covers most forest and woodlot harvest in New Zealand.
- The National Environmental Standard – Plantation Forestry (NES-PF): Is mandatory for all forests, farm woodlots and shelterbelts over 1 hectare in area. Regional Council land and forest advisors undertake site visits, they provide a planning and advisory service with an emphasis on environmental values and sustainable forest management.
- The Forests Act of 1949: Sustainable harvest of native timber with chain of custody is required for all privately held forests with approval from the Indigenous unit in MPI required for each year’s harvest at an individual forest level.
Professional forest advisors, who oversee most of the harvest of speciality timber, are trained in sustainable forest management. They follow codes of conduct that support the legislation.
Timbers of New Zealand focuses on the supply of local specialty timber including native timber. We maintain our own chain of custody for most timber purchases.
- Local employment and economic support
- Reduces carbon dioxide: Every cubic metre of wood holds 2 ½ tonnes of carbon dioxide.
- A lower carbon transport ‘footprint’ than use of imported timber.
- Improved water and soil quality
- Shelter and food for birds, insects and animals.
- Cost-saving for homeowners, builders and developers due to shorter supply chain
New Zealand Cedar, Redwood, Mt Cook Larch & NZ Hard Oak, Sleepers Macrocarpa, Native Miro Bench Tops