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Legal and sustainable timber

BREEAM UK New Construction, Non-domestic Buildings (United Kingdom), Technical Manual, SD5078: BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 3.0, published by BRE Global Limited, suggests that in relation to legal and sustainable timber:

'BREEAM follows the UK government's definition of legal and sustainable timber, as outlined in the Central Point of Timber (CPET) 5th Edition of the UK Government Timber Procurement Policy (TPP). At the time of writing, the policy requires all timber and wood-based products to be covered by at least one of the following (but the webpage below should be checked for changes):

  1. Third party, independent forest certification schemes–Category A (e.g. FSC or PEFC).
  2. Evidence on a case-by-case basis in line with the Framework for Evaluating Category B evidence–Category B.

For the avoidance of doubt, 100% of the timber and timber-based products must be compliant. Further information on the UK Government's TPP and compliant responsible sourcing certification schemes is available from the CPET website. Reused timber formwork automatically complies. Reusable timber formwork itself does not automatically comply. All timber used in the manufacturing of the formwork must be covered by a responsible sourcing certification scheme (RSCS) recognised by BREEAM. See Guidance Note 18 for the BREEAM recognised RSCS schemes.'

--BRE Group

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