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Sustainable Materials

Approximately half of all non-renewable resources are used in construction. Through thoughtful design, planning and material selection we can reduce depletion of non-renewable resources. This category aims to promote the following influential strategies:

  • Use of Forest Steward Council (FSC) certified wood products
  • Use of blown insulation products that have zero Global Warming Potential (GWP) and Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP)
  • Use rapidly renewable products (10 years or less to sustainably create)
  • Use products and materials with Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and/or Health Product Declarations (HPDs)
  • Minimise the use of tropical hardwood or do not use at all
  • Replace traditional hardwood options with heat treated timber products
  • Using materials where life cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically and socially preferable life cycle impacts
  • Include materials which are natural and need minimal processing
  • Use materials that include recycled content, both pre and post-consumer recycled content