sustainability

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The sustainable material

Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw is essentially a timber based manufacturing company. Even where our products have non-timber finishes such as laminate, metal, PVCu or paint, the substantial mass of our constructions will comprise timber based products.

As a natural, organic, renewable material that is also recyclable, waste-efficient, biodegradable and non-toxic, timber has many environmental advantages for the building industry – and doorsets in particular.

Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere, and converting timber into building products takes far less energy (generating less CO2) than many other materials.

However, there are concerns that poor management in some countries could lead to deforestation and so a responsible approach to timber sourcing by suppliers and manufacturers is essential.Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw was the first company in its industry to develop and implement tracking systems independently assessed by BM Trada to meet the requirements of the FSC Chain of Custody scheme.

As a result, doors and doorsets can be specified using solid timber and timber-based raw materials exclusively from well-managed and sustainable sources, independently certified by the Forest Stewardship Council

Further information is available on the on the FSC website www.fsc.org.

The tracking system will shortly be extended to cover other certificated, traceable and sustainable wood materials, offering specifiers even greater choice. In addition, Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw and its divisions do not source any timber species prohibited under Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). We also work closely with our timber suppliers to meet the requirements of the requirements of FSC controlled wood standard FSC-STD-40-00.

At Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw we are proud of our extensive involvement with timber – probably the most sustainable of building materials available to the British building industry today. By specifying products from Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw, you can be sure of making the most of renewable and sustainable timber sources.