Latest episode of WoodChat released

Friday 12 Oct 2018

The most recent episode in the Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) series of WoodChat podcasts looks at the initiatives in place to promote the environmental advantages of using timber as a building material. Hosts Sam and Victoria speak to David Rowlinson - Make It Wood Campaign Manager at Planet Ark about his initiative to educate and encourage the increased use of responsibly sourced timber in construction, due to the variety of compelling benefits when compared to other materials.

“The environmental benefits play an important role in making the case for timber amongst decision makers, and our work focuses on the fact timber is renewable, stores carbon, can be certified as being sustainably sourced, and uses much less energy during production,” said David.

“One key method we have adopted to help us promote the benefits of timber is the Wood Encouragement Policy, which requires the material is at least considered by government bodies as the primary construction material for projects in their area. If it’s done right, these policies should enable councils to reduce their carbon emissions while also saving money,” said David.

During the episode, the hosts also chat to one of the key team members at LaTrobe Council who drove the decision to adopt Australia’s first ever Wood Encouragement Policy back in 2014. This episode of WoodChat is the fifth in the series, and comes off the back of topics such the economic benefits of wood in the workplace, Professor Jeff Morell’s plans for Australia’s National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life, a revolutionary new tool which predicts how climate will impact growing conditions in the future, and the genetic DNA testing system that can predict key commercial attributes of trees during the earliest stages of their lives.

The WoodChat series represents FWPA’s commitment to exploring new ways of communicating industry news and innovations. Each episode in the series includes in-depth conversations with experts on recent discoveries, innovations and initiatives.

You can listen to WoodChat on SoundCloud at and iTunes.

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