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Designing the Future with Sustainable Timber


Across the world, the architecture community is embracing timber and particularly engineered wood, to deliver high profile, award winning projects and everyday designs – from houses, schools and hotels to restaurants, theatres, offices, supermarkets and swimming pools.

Using wood in construction is fantastic. It looks good, is easy to work with and is great for our planet – but only if it comes from a sustainable source.Waf Image 5 Mongolia Visitor Centre

At this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF), PEFC – the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification – is supporting the very first Best Use of Certified Timber Prize. This prize rewards architects and project teams using certified timber as the main construction material in an innovative, educational or artistic manner.

Certification Matters

PEFC-certified timber comes from a forest managed sustainably in line with strict international requirements. This means that forest owners manage their forest in a way that provides us with timber, while at the same time ensuring that the forest will be around for generations to come.

PEFC certification matters. PEFC Project Chain of Custody certification demonstrates excellence in responsible sourcing and that a positive choice has been made to design and build with a future for healthy forests in mind. PEFC-certified timber is readily available for construction projects from a wide range of global suppliers.

The Prize

Nine shortlisted projects from across the globe have been chosen as examples of innovative buildings with timber and sustainability at their core. While certified timber is the main construction material in all projects, the type and purpose of the buildings vary widely, demonstrating the versatility of timber as a construction material.

“It is wonderful to see that wood has made its way back into architecture and there are so many new ways of using it. Congratulations to the shortlisted architects and project teams, they did a really great job in showing what is possible with certified wood,” said Fabienne Sinclair, Head of Marketing at PEFC International.Waf2 Italy

PEFC at the WAF 

Our purpose-built stand at WAF has been designed to showcase certified wood. It has been created using PEFC-certified timber supplied by the leading French timber company PIVETEAUBOIS. The PEFC stand is built from PIVETEAUBOIS’s new cross laminated timber (CLT) product, HEXAPLI, that is sourced from PEFC-certified French forests.

“The interest and growth potential for solid engineered timber such as CLT is really exciting,” said Elisabeth Piveteau-Boley, Export Sales Manager for the UK and Ireland. “The ways that architects and those designing the built environment are using products such as CLT is incredible.”

The jury will hear presentations of the shortlisted entries on the morning of Friday 30 November 2018. The winner will be presented with their prize at a Gala Dinner on the same evening. Shortlisted candidates for best use of timber.

Remember to visit the PEFC Stand to see case study examples of how PEFC-certified timber is changing building design and speak to us about certification and sustainable forest products. See us on Stand C95, Hall 5.

If you have any queries, please contact:

PEFC International
Anja Gehrer
T: +41 22 799 4556

PEFC Netherlands
Patricia Dolman
T: + 31 30 693 0040

Notes to editors

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification. A federal organisation, it works by endorsing national forest certification systems developed collaboratively by all interested stakeholders and tailored to local priorities and conditions. For more information visit :