TREES

WOOD

ARCHITECTURE

INTRODUCTORY VIDEOS

In this webinar for Builders Declare Australia (October 2020), Paul Haar untangles some of the confusion around responsible timber selection and environmental certifications. He interrogates the notion of wood as the ultimate renewable building material and will introduce clear principles and methods for thoughtfully selecting timber for our projects. And he directs us to guides he’s published to make selection of responsible timbers easy, across all construction applications and budgets. Paul also touches on his self-help housing work with remote indigenous Australians, Candlebark School Library, Mullum Creek eco-housing project and CERES Fair Wood, to illustrate how his approach to timber sourcing has expressed itself in built outcomes.

In November 2021, as part of South Gippsland's annual Sustainability Festival, the Bass Coast Landcare Network hosted a webinar on local enterprise around trees and timber in South Gippsland. It showcased the good work of a farm forester, a small sawmiller and traditional frame fabricator as well as a social enterprise that aggregates and retails this local product for a discerning Melbourne market. Here Paul Haar highlights concerns with global timber industry and sets the scene for a more local, environmentally and socially regenerative wood culture.

CERES FAIR WOOD

A Social Enterprise Supplying Farm Forested and Salvaged Timbers

A KNOTTY ISSUE

Sanctuary Magazine   Issue 52, Spring 2020

Just about every building project uses timber. While it’s a renewable resource, its harvesting is often associated with deforestation practices that are harmful to the environment. We look at the current state of sustainable timber in Australia, and how to make sure the wood you use for your build is as responsible as possible.

MULLUM CREEK

Timber Knowledge Base

ARE TREE AGE AND WOOD DENSITY MORE IMPORTANT THAN SPECIES
IN DETERMINING NATURAL DURABILITY AND BUSHFIRE RESISTANCE OF AUSTRALIAN HARDWOODS?

SOURCING RESPONSIBLE TIMBER

CANDLEBARK SCHOOL

Timber Knowledge Base