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.
The Futurebuild LVL range is manufactured in our specialised manufacturing facility in Marsden Point, Northland, New Zealand, a mill that is committed to supporting sustainability practices. The Marsden Point mill is independently verified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) and has been awarded the FSC certificate for responsible sourcing of timber (FSC-C011498). All Futurebuild LVL products can be supplied with a FSC certificate if requested.
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.
In addition, as sustainability continues to become more important to both the architectural and building community, Futurebuild continues to search for methods of ensuring that customers and end consumers receive products that have minimal impact on the environment. In 2018, In support of the Living Building Challenge, the Futurebuild range of untreated and treated products were given the Declare and red list accreditation, which is in support of participating in Declare and for being Living Building Challenge compliant.