Author: Chris Philpot
Many councils around the world are starting to understand the benefits of using wood for building and renovating. The environmental, social and economic factors of using wood that has been sourced responsibly hold true and can be a significant advantage to using other building materials.
Rotorua District Council in New Zealand has become the latest to announce a wood first policy and action plan.
The initiative bodes well for the future and Planet Ark encourages all councils to consider implementing wood encouragement policies. It follows Latrobe City Council's decision in Australia to promote the use of wood for construction and fit out of council buildings and infrastructure.
The policy has three objectives:
1. Facilitating and encouraging the use of wood as a preferred, sustainable building material for all projects in the district;
2. Requiring wood to be used in all council building projects; and
3. Actively supporting and advocating for wood and the wood industry - locally, regionally and at a national level.