Is Australian hardwood an environmentally friendly product?

Absolutely. It is renewable, sustainable and recyclable. It is grown by the energy of the sun and uses tiny amounts of fossil fuel power during its processing stages compared to its main competitors in the construction industry. Timber is a net reducer of CO2 emissions as it stores carbon. Timber does not leave a hole in the ground.

What contribution does sawmilling make to climate change through global warming compared to other materials.

This table shows the kg’s of CO2 that are generated in manufacturing one cubic meter of material and carbon stored: ref Forest & Wood Products Research and Development Corporation (1997) Environmental properties of Timber p5

  Carbon released (Kg/m3) Carbon stored (Kg/m3)
Sawn timber 15 250
Concrete 120 0
Steel 5,320 0
Aluminium 22,000 0

Employment. How many employees does the company have?

Direct employees total 55 with many more linked to the supply and delivery chain. These include staff at Forests NSW, logging and haulage contractors and specialist support companies such as engineering and electrical etc. Demographers use a multiplier of 4 to identify indirect employment which would mean there are 220 workers and or families relying on the company for a livelihood.

How does the company generate heat for its kiln drying?

Waste sawdust and shavings are used to generate heat. (green energy)

How much mains water does it take to produce 1 tonne of sawn timber?

In 2005 it took 9 liters of mains water per tonne of sawn timber compared to approx. 150,000 liters for 1 tonne of steel.

What is Janka rating?

Janka rating is a hardness test which is a measure of the resistance of the wood to indentation. The wearing of high heels, for example, can cause damage to timber floors, so Janka figures can be used as a guide to determine how resistant each species is to this particular issue. The higher the rating, the higher the resistance.

What is fire rating?

Subsequent to recent bush fire disasters research has been carried out to establish a building code for timber. Silver Top, Red Iron Bark and possibly Yellow Stringy Bark comply with AS 3959 (refer to page 214- 216 of Wood in Australia by K Bootle and Warrington Fire Research www.wfra.com.au.

Does logging cause the extinction of “threatened species”?

Since white settlement there has not been any scientific finding that log harvesting has caused the extinction of any “threatened species”.

Should we continue logging while our forests are shrinking?

The national forest estate is actually increasing and has been for some decades. This is despite the 2 major reasons for forest loss, which are clearing for agricultural land and urban sprawl. Logging does not cause forest loss as all harvested areas are regenerated to a prescriptive process so as to meet environmental standards and maintain a renewable and sustainable supply.


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