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FSC® – Who Cares? S

By Martin Taylor – Managing Director with Encasement.

ince the Forest Stewardship Council was founded in the early 1990s, its ‘Chain of Custody’ certification process has become

recognised globally as the primary standard for sustainable sourcing of timber. Yet, although the UK government’s ‘Timber

Procurement Policy’ guidance, which in essence, requires that only independently verifiable legal and sustainable timber should be used on housing stock, there are indications of inconsistency and a lack of awareness of this, particularly in local authority and housing association property refurbishment projects.

Where’s the issue?

Tens of thousands of LA properties are maintained and refurbished every year, often requiring boilers and heating system pipework to be concealed. For more than 25 years, pre-formed and pre-finished plywood boxing has gradually been adopted as the preferred solution for many LAs and HAs, together with contractors, as it saves time and money compared to site made alternatives. However, even with the move to sustainable

timber, government procurement guidance and FSC certification, most if not all, LA pipe boxing specifications still do not specify the use of

products manufactured from FSC certified legal and sustainable timber. In addition, as FSC pipe boxing costs no more

than its non-FSC equivalent, price is clearly not an obstacle to either its specification or supply. Also, under the scope of their own sustainability policies, contractors and merchants should be purchasing and supplying FSC products in preference to non-FSC alternatives. Some would even argue that they should go further and take the responsibility of advising specifiers that legal and sustainable products are available.

Time for change

Price is clearly not a barrier to change, which should help stimulate interest from specifiers and contractors alike to adopt pipe boxing manufactured from independently verified legal and sustainable timber. LAs, HAs, contractors and merchants are

probably just as focused on sustainability and sustainably sourced products, as we are at Encasement, but, for some reason it’s not being applied to the use of pre-formed pipe boxing, which is worth millions of pounds to maintenance contractors, heating engineers and merchants nationally. Throughout the supply chain everyone has a

responsibility for sustainable procurement, so in our view a lack of awareness or understanding about these obligations is no defence, especially as existing government guidance has set out the policy that should be adopted. So, what is the answer to the question of FSC, who cares? “We all should.”

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Can you spot the difference? Encasement Pendock

At fi rst glance, there’s no obvious difference between the products. But look closer and you’ll fi nd that only Encasement’s pipe boxing carries a full FSC® ‘Chain of Custody’ certifi cation, which makes it automatically compliant with your sustainable procurement policies. We even provide a certifi cate with every order. As Encasement is the UK’s only FSC®

certifi ed manufacturer of pre-formed plywood casings,

if you’re using similar products from Pendock, you’re probably not compliant. Make the informed decision – choose Encasement.

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