As a naturally renewable material timber has been tried, tested and proven in New Zealand for over 150 years and in more than 1.5 million kiwi homes. Timber not only has one of the lowest carbon footprints of any construction material, it is also made of the carbon trees absorb from the atmosphere as they grow.
Futurebuild® Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) is an engineered timber made from layers of wood veneer, sourced from sustainably-grown New Zealand Radiata Pine.
The layers of veneer are laminated together in a precise manufacturing process of heat, pressure and glue. This process produces products with high structural reliability, performance and consistent dimensional accuracy, available in a wide range of sizes, lengths and treatments.
Environmental life cycle analysis (LCA) is recognised as the preferred cradle-to-grave basis for comparing the environmental impact of products, including building materials. On a limited LCA basis, utilising engineered timber over other fossil-fuel-intensive materials such as aluminium, concrete and steel, can make a positive contribution to combating climate change.
FSC® CERTIFICATION: RENEWABLE PLANTATION PINE
Using renewable plantation pine, our Marsden Point manufacturing site in Northland, New Zealand, is independently verified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and has been awarded the FSC certificate for responsible sourcing of timber (FSC-C007103).
All Futurebuild LVL products can be supplied with a FSC certificate if requested.
The Futurebuild LVL range of untreated and H1.2 treated products have Declare certification as Red List Free through the International Living Future Institute. The range can be used in Living Building Challenge projects.
View the Declare pages for:
- More about Environmentally Responsible Wood & Wood Fibre Procurement Policy
- Download Futurebuild LVL Marsden Point Mill FSC Certificate
- EWPAA Formaldehyde Emission Classifications Certificate