Timber, the original renewable resource, can contribute significantly towards creating a truly sustainable home. But there are serious risks to native forests and threatened species both in Australia and overseas from unsustainable timber harvesting. Luckily, there is a wide range of sustainable timber products available, many of which are included on the Timber Products Guide on the Mullum Creek website. Consulting this list will make the task of selecting appropriate timbers much easier. If, however, you wish to use a product that is not included on the list, the product must meet the objectives and requirements set out in Section 5.2.3 of the Mullum Creek Design Guidelines. Refer to the Timber Products Guide below for the current list of approved timber products, the applications to which they are suited, and where you may obtain them.
- Promote the use of timber that is fit for its intended purpose, yet not beyond the grade required with regard to strength, exterior durability, dimensional stability, hardness, appearance, etc.
- Promote the use of timber harvested or sourced with minimal adverse impacts on natural ecological systems.
- Minimise the use of timber harvested in ways that cause adverse impacts on forest-dependent traditional communities.
- Maximise use of timber products that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Minimise the use of timber products containing toxic additives.