Building projects targeting Green Star ratings and green approvals focus on using products with low environmental impact. Many customers also insist on using eco-sensitive products in their builds.

WoodSolutions has developed Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for industry-average, Australian-produced timber products such as Ecoply, manufactured by Carter Holt Harvey. Independently verified and registered, each published EPD provides transparent and comparable information about the environmental impact of the timber product throughout its lifecycle. Data reported in an EPD is collected using internationally recognised lifecycle assessment and ISO 14025.

WoodSolutions’ Plywood EPD helps to showcase the environmental credentials of Australian ply products and provides lifecycle data for calculating the impacts at a building level. Specifiers can use the EPD to compare a plywood product with imported or local products and other building materials.

Ecoply from Carter Holt Harvey is manufactured from sustainably-grown Australian and New Zealand plantation pine, and is a low embodied energy product that is actually a natural carbon store.

On a limited Life Cycle Analysis basis, building in wood sourced from sustainably-managed plantations represents a net removal of carbon dioxide away from the atmosphere for the life of the timber.

Strong, durable and easy to work with, the versatile Ecoply Structural Square Edge plywood is ideal for bracing, interior linings, membrane substrates, hoardings and DIY projects. The plywood is available in a wide range of surface appearance grades, sheet sizes, thicknesses and treatments. Ecoply has Super E0 formaldehyde emissions, making it compliant with the Green Star Formaldehyde credit. The plywood is also EWPAA ‘Product certified’.

Image: Ecoply Structural Square Edge (Photographer: Martina Gemmola)