BAM believes that home-grown timber can be a cost-effective, sustainable alternative to imported timber
BAM believes that home-grown timber can be a cost-effective, sustainable alternative to imported timber. We are pleased to be working with Grown in Britain to encourage the use of more British timber on construction projects.
With more focus on local sourcing, life cycle assessment of buildings, and embodied carbon, timber is increasingly being used for construction projects. By procuring home-grown timber we can help to close the trade deficit as well as reduce even further the embodied carbon. Improved forest management also has wider sustainability benefits such as increasing employment in rural areas, recreational access, health and wellbeing, water and flood management, and biodiversity.
As a supporter of the Grown in Britain campaign and chair of the Grown in Britain construction task group, BAM is working with a selected number of major contractors to identify – and overcome – the barriers to the use of home-grown timber. This could be, for example, by reviewing designs to ensure they are not over-specified, and allowing the use of C16 strength grade timber (as nearly all UK timber is C16 grade), rather than having to use C24 timber (nearly all of which is imported). Other measures include using alternative tree species such as the more widely available Larch, instead of Western Red Cedar, for timber cladding solutions. We are also looking at ways to improve the supply of home-grown hardwood timber for use in joinery applications and structures.
BAM CEO, Graham Cash