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New Prize for “Best Use of Certified Timber” at World Architecture Festival – enter now!

Published on 29 March 2018

Do you use solid wood products such as CLT or glulam in your construction projects? Have you chosen to specify wood for its many aesthetic, natural and architectural properties, or simply because it is the only renewable building material?Waf Logo With Date

Then this is your chance to be recognized for your commitment to building with wood by the World Architecture Festival (WAF)!

The Best Use of Certified Timber Prize, supported by PEFC and presented for the first time, will reward project teams and architects that have used certified timber in an innovative, educational or artistic manner, whilst demonstrating responsible sourcing in a completed building.

Find out more about this exciting new prize!

The 11th World Architecture Festival will take place in Amsterdam from 28-30 November 2018. More than 500 architectural practices are expected to compete for a wide range of awards.

Past winners include some of the world’s most iconic and best known architects such as Foster & Partners; Zaha Hadid Architects; Snohetta; BIG; Isay Weinfeld; Perkins & Will; Rogers Stirk Harbour; FJMT; and Sou Fujimoto.

How to enter?

All projects entered on the WAF website for any of the 16 completed buildings award categories are eligible for the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize, supported by PEFC – please remember that the use of certified material is essential.

Simply check the box next to "Please consider me for Best Use of Certified Timber Prize" under "Enter into additional WAF Prizes" to be considered.

A special jury, including a PEFC representative, will identify entries that have used certified timber in an innovative, educational or artistic manner. WAF will contact shortlisted architects to confirm that the timber specified and used in the project originates from certified sources, such as PEFC-certified forests, thereby demonstrating leadership in sustainable design and responsible purchasing.

The jury will hear presentations of the best 10 entries on the morning of Friday 30 November 2018, at WAF in Amsterdam. The winner will be presented with their prize at a Gala Dinner on the same evening.

Please note that the deadline for entry is 11 May 2018. Get started!

Designing the future with sustainable timber

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

Under the theme Designing the Future with Sustainable Timber, a range of stakeholders have come together under the leadership of PEFC to promote the use of wood in construction in general and certified wood in particular. Join us! Contact us at

Italy earthquake reconstruction 2017Certification matters as it demonstrates that wood used in construction is sourced sustainably and a positive choice has been made to design and build with a future for healthy forests in mind.

PEFC-certified timber and engineered wood products are readily available for your construction projects from a wide range of global suppliers. Construction projects obtain PEFC Project Chain of Custody certification to demonstrate excellence in responsible sourcing.

Find out more about PEFC Project Certification…

About PEFC

PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is the world's leading forest certification system. More than 300 million hectares of forests are certified to PEFC's internationally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks, supplying more than 18,000 Chain of Custody certified companies with responsibly sourced timber and wood-based products.

PEFC was founded by small- and family forest owners to demonstrate excellence in sustainable forest management.

About World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture. It is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures sit alongside live judging presentations from over 500 award finalists plus global networking and an international product exhibition.

Held in Amsterdam this year, the WAF awards sit at the heart of the festival, the only global awards program where architects present their completed buildings and future projects live to a panel of internationally renowned judges and delegates from around the world.

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