Locate were approached by Forestry Commission Scotland to
help develop a stand alone document that could be used by Registered Social
Landlords (RSLs), appended to their existing Design Briefs and other
contractual documentation, to encourage and enable the use of home grown
timber and timber products in the construction of affordable social housing.
This work is designed to support the potential sale to RSLs and
other appropriate bodies of Forestry Commission land for the provision
of affordable housing for those in housing need. This also fits
well with Communities Scotlands guidance to maximise the use of
timber and timber products, and to require that such materials be certified
as coming from a sustainably managed source.
The work focused on the potential for certified C16 grade timber which,
if designed appropriately at the outset, has the potential to fulfil a
wide range of uses in construction.
There is a growing quantity of fit for purpose timber and timber products
produced from sustainable, independently certified, Scottish forests.
Sourcing as locally as possible further reinforces the environmental
advantages of building materials low in embodied carbon.
Other useful sources of information include the FCS
information site and wider sustainable development sites such as the
Executive sustainable procurement site.