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PEFC UK Supports World Green Building Week

Published on 11 September 2020

World Green Building Week takes place on 21–25 September 2020, as the World Green Building Council’s annual campaign once again compels the construction industry to deliver a more sustainable built environment.

With buildings and construction responsible for 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions, this year the campaign centres on #ActOnClimate and calls on the construction industry, policymakers and governments to take urgent action to deliver net zero buildings. Countries worldwide are declaring climate emergencies and industry awareness and accountability are at all-time highs.

World Green Building Week will showcase examples of global industry leadership, to deliver a co-ordinated, collective industry voice to demonstrate existing leadership in the net zero building movement and call for bolder and more ambitious regulation to unlock these solutions.

The aim is by 2030, all new buildings, infrastructure and renovations will have at least 40% less embodied carbon with significant upfront carbon reduction, and all new buildings must be net zero operational carbon. By 2050, new buildings, infrastructure and renovations will have net zero embodied carbon, and all buildings, including existing buildings, must be net zero operational carbon.

As part of the week, PEFC will be running a FREE online CPD on Responsible Timber Sourcing for Specifiers on Wednesday 23rd September at 1pm. Specifiers can learn more about responsible timber procurement and chain of custody certification through a fully-accredited CPD that has been delivered to more than 700 architects, engineers, contractors and clients to date. A certificate of attendance will be awarded to all participants.Cpd2 Medium

The CPD covers the UK timber market and drivers for certified timber, certification schemes and the requirements of the UK government’s timber procurement policy, what a model timber specification clause looks like and how chain of custody certification works and the vital information you need to see.

It will be presented by Charlie Law, Managing Director of Sustainable Construction Solutions, who has over 30 years’ experience in the construction sector, and extensive industry knowledge having worked for BAM, Kier and Lendlease. He 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.

PEFC UK is also pleased to support the Wood CO2ts less campaign. The aim of the campaign is to promote the use of all wood products as low carbon materials and illustrate how using wood can help reduce carbon in the atmosphere and slow down climate change. The campaign is being run in association with Wood for Good, Confor, Swedish Wood, Timber Trade Federation, Structural Timber Association and the Confederation of Timber Industries.

If you would like to participate in this free CPD please e-mail hilary.khawam@pefc.co.uk with your name, company and e-mail address.

You can find out more about more about the Wood CO2ts less campaign here and more about the World Green Building Week here