In the past years there has been an increase of interest in the environmental conscience worldwide. Man now re-evaluates his way of life, gets informed about environmental issues and tries to follow environmentally friendly practices, hoping to secure the viability of the planet.
In regards to timber, sustainable forestry and the use of renewable materials play an important role in achieving the above mentioned goal. Timber itself is a renewable material (see Timber and Forest Facts) and it is also the most environmentally responsible building material. Today, with the help of technology and the need to use renewable materials, even the by-products of wood, such as composite deck, chipboard, OSB, MDF etc, are made of materials that in other times and under different circumstances would be thrown away in landfills. In addition, while referring to sustainable forestry we must stress that it is a practice of forest management. The basic principle of sustainable forestry states that the amount of products and services that are produced by a forest must reach the point where the forest is able to produce that quantity without degrading the soil, the special features of watershed or the seed source for the future.
Based on all the above, it is easy to conclude that timber itself but also the flexibility of its usage makes wood the building material of the future.
G. Klaggides & T. Kyriakides Ltd recognises its responsibility towards the environment concerns and for that reason we obtained certification of the international standard ISO 14001:2004, which specifies the requirements for the Environmental Management System. We abide that the supply of our wood products comes from legal sources and that we regularly receive the relevant information regarding environmental practices and the official certificates from our suppliers. Within the above framework, we have obtained the FSC® Chain of Custody Certification which gives independently verified assurance that the wood used originates from responsibly managed forests. We also completely update the necessary records for phyto-sanitary purposes, in accordance with the government laws and regulations while we retain a due diligence system according to regulation (EU) No 995/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20th October 2010, which lays down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market.