Does your project require an Environmental Product Declaration? An Environmental Product Declaration, or EPD, is a standardised and verified way of quantifying the environmental impacts of a product based on a consistent set of rules known as a PCR (Product Category Rules). EPDs are typically required in Green Star projects. An EPD is now available for plywood products manufactured by Austral Plywoods.
Green building projects specifying Russian plywood will no longer comply.
The PEFC Endorsement of the Russian Forest Management Scheme has expired. All PEFC certificates issued against this Scheme are no longer recognised. There are sizeable quantities of Russian LVL and birch plywood in warehouses in Australia and much more on the water on its way here. Any PEFC Endorsed certificates for these products are now invalid and the product cannot be sold with a PEFC claim of certification.
What does this mean?
It means that any green building project that requires certified wood will not be able to use Russian birch plywood. Green Star "timber credits" will also not be available. It is a timely reminder to all stakeholders of the importance of knowing the origin of wood products and the certifications that apply
For more information, please refer to the PEFC website: http://www.pefc.org/news-a-media/general-sfm-news/1942-endorsement-for-russian-national-forest-certification-scheme-expired
Austral Plywoods produces Hoop Pine plywood fully manufactured in Australia, using timber sourced from Queensland plantations. We sell a range of AFS/PEFC certified products. FSC® certified products are also available – ask about our availability (FSC trademark license code FSC-C118268). Please visit www.australply.com.au for more information.