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PEFC Sponsors Responsible Timber CPD at Surface Design Show 2019

Published on 24 December 2018

PEFC is sponsoring a fully-accredited one-hour CPD course at the Surface Design Show 2019. This course is aimed at architects, building designers and all those that specify timber for their projects to learn more about responsible timber procurement and Chain of Custody certification.Sds 2019 Logo (002)

About PEFC

As the world’s leading forest certification system, safeguarding forests by promoting sustainable forest management lies at the heart of the PEFC programme and currently there are more than 300 million hectares certified to PEFC’s strict sustainability benchmarks across 49 countries. PEFC recognises that in addition to providing a set of exacting standards to encourage sustainable forest management, it’s important to promote the importance of responsible wood sourcing to influential end-user groups.


The CPD module will be presented by Charlie Law, Managing Director of Sustainable Construction Solutions, who has worked in the construction sector for over 30 years, and has extensive industry knowledge having worked for BAM, Kier and Lendlease. Charlie is also a Director at the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA), a member of the Grown in Britain Executive and a member of the Ska technical committee.Charlielaw (002)

The CPD workshop will provide:
• The background to forest certification and its global importance
• The UK timber market and drivers for certified timber
• The requirements of the UK government’s timber procurement policy
• What a model timber specification clause looks like
• Chain of Custody certification and how it works.

Recognising Standards

Using timber from well-managed forests that meet internationally recognised standards of legality and sustainability, certified by organisations such as PEFC is a pre-requisite for environmental assessment schemes such as BREEAM, LEED and Ska, as well as many others around the world. Green building standards, together with corporate responsible sourcing policies, are increasingly driving demand for responsibly-sourced timber. To meet client expectations, it is therefore important that designers and specifiers insist on certified timber for their projects, along with full Chain of Custody.

The seminar take place at the Surface Design Show CPD Hub on Wednesday 6 February at 2.30pm and CPD certificates will be awarded:
The Surface Design Show takes place 5-7 February 2019 at the Business Design Centre, London. To register and for more information visit: