Our environmental commitments highlight the steps we take to continually improve the environmental impact of all aspects of our business operations and products.
- Ensuring strict, best-practice compliance with all relevant sustainability and environmental regulations is a key priority at Walker Timber Engineering.
- Our timber is wholly sourced from well-managed forests. We do not support any illegal and irresponsible felling of timber, and only source timber from trusted supply partners with whom we have collaborated for decades.
- As a responsible business, we are fully committed to ensuring the transparency of our procurement strategy through certified participation in both the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and PEFC™ Chain of Custody schemes.
- The FSC® system allows businesses and consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest products made with materials from well-managed forests and/or recycled sources.
- PEFC™ Chain of Custody allows an organisation to make accurate and verifiable claims on the content of sustainably certified material.
- We ensure that the manufacturing processes at Walker Timber Engineering timber frame factories generate minimal non-recyclable waste.
- We aim to ensure that our engineered timber products offer the smallest carbon footprints of any modern method of construction.
The environmental benefits of timber
When it is properly managed, harvested and processed timber is one of the world’s most renewable resource and a one of the most sustainable organic building products available.
Unlike traditional construction methods, building in timber frame allows for the off-site production of low-carbon, thermally efficient housing – at scale.
A non-toxic raw material that requires minimal energy to produce, building with structural timber offers significant carbon reduction throughout the construction process in comparison to using manufactured concrete, brick or steel.
A typical timber frame house will save c.4 tonnes of CO₂ in comparison to constructing an equivalent building using brick and block.
New homes built with structural timber can exceed current government energy efficiency targets due to their high potential thermal values.