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timber as a sustainable building material
tasmania's forest management
development in sustainability
Sustainability is a developing area, with new processes and issues regularly coming to the fore. Many are reported here.
Forestry effects on water quality
Trees have an extensive root system that stabilises the soil and they contribute to a layer of leaf litter over the ground. Rain falling in a forest filters through the leaf litter before percolating slowly through the forest soil. The resulting stream water is clean and the flow relatively even.

Eucalypt Forest Life Cycle
Forests are not static things. They are dynamic and change over time. Forests that appear to be gone today can regrow very quickly.

Biodiversity and monocultures
Biological diversity is the variety of all life forms living in an environment. Maintaining natural biodiversity is a key element of any sustainable native forest management system.

timber as a sustainable building material
Tasmanian timber is a sustainable and natural building material. It is readily available, easy to work, is a store for carbon and has low embodied energy.
Reducing the carbon footprint and environmental impacts of new buildings.
How we can economically reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impacts of buildings? By using more timber and wood products in their design, construction and operation.

The benefits of building with timber
The aim of environmentally sustainable and responsible building is to consume less, particularly less energy, and minimise adverse environmental impacts. Using timber in building is a good choice as timber is renewable, takes little energy to make and is a store for atmospheric carbon.

Environmental impact of buildings: timber & other materials
In choosing a building material, timber is just one of many options available. However, timber is the only major building material that stores atmospheric carbon, has very low embodied energy for its use while helping to clean up pollution.

Timber, trees and the greenhouse effect
Greenhouse gases are a natural part of the atmosphere. However, human action is increasing the concentration of these gases, creating the prospect of global climate change. Planting trees and using timber instead of materials with high embodied energies are ways to combat this.

Forests store carbon
Forestry is the only Australian industry sector that stores more greenhouse gases than it releases. In 2001, Australia’s plantations and managed forests stored a net 22.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. This is more than half of the carbon dioxide (42.5mt) emitted by all the passenger cars in Australia in that year

Timber products use less energy
Timber is the perfect, sustainable building material. It is strong, natural, and renewable, and has the lowest embodied energy of any major building material. It also stores atmospheric carbon. Buildings constructed from timber take less energy to make than similar brick, concrete or steel buildings.

Forest products are part of your life
Forest products are part of the every day life of all Australians. In 2001-02, Australia’s native and plantation forests supplied more than 1 cubic metre of wood for every person in Australia, a total of about 24 million cubic metres.

Design Guide - Environmentally Friendly Housing Using Timber - Principles
Building environmentally friendly housing requires consideration of a wide range of factors. This guide covers many of these and details successful approaches to environmentally friendly timber construction for the major climate zones.

Manual - R Values for Timber Framed Building Elements
A key to sustainable construction is achieving a high thermal performance in the building's external envelope. Also, thermal performance is now a requirement of the Building Code of Australia.

tasmania's forest management
Forest Management must ensure that the environmental, social and economic benefits from forests are maintainded into the future.
Tasmania's Forests: a Commitment to Sustainability and Certification
Tasmania is an island state of Australia, situated south of the mainland at a latitude of about 42 degrees south. Tasmania’s temperate climate is conducive to growth of trees and forests are a dominant feature in the landscape. About half of the land surface is forested.

Administration of Tasmania's Forests
Tasmanian land use administration is coordinated to increase the overall benefits from the forest.

Conservation and Sustainable Use of Tasmania's Forests
Conserving biodiversity and sustaining the productivity of the forests requires detailed planning so that key populations of plants and animals are protected and allowed to move or spread through the landscape.

A Code to Protect Environmental Values
Tasmania has an active and comprehensive planning system for forestry. Its framework, embodied within the Tasmanian Forest Practices Act 1985, ensures that forest operations are planned and conducted in an environmentally acceptable manner on both public and private land.

Forest Practices Plan
Proper planning at both the strategic and operational level reduces environmental impact and operational costs

Forest Practices Operations
The environmental standards of the Forest Practices Code are reinforced at an operational level by regular training of forest workers.

40% of Tasmania's forests are reserved
As of 2005, 40% of Tasmania’s forests have been in reserves. These reserves form a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of reserves, identified after a rigorous scientific investigation of the state’s native flora and fauna.

Timber Building in Australia

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