Friday, 23 November 2018
Well Placed for the Future
PlaceMakers and Sustainable Procurement
Established in 1981, PlaceMakers is a brand most New Zealanders recognize. PlaceMakers are dedicated to the environment and responsible resource management and have been working with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) since 2008.
In the past decade, timber has seen something of a renaissance. New technologies and demand for biophilic designs have led to some unprecedented timber-based projects, both in New Zealand and abroad. Wanting to be part of this growing trend led PlaceMakers to partner with FSC. This partnership has allowed them to do more than simply achieve their environmental goals.
While ensuring the future supply of the 21st-centuries most mainstream construction material is important (FSC’s slogan is Forests for all Forever, after all), certification has other benefits. Being the most stringent of forestry certification standards; partnership grants PlaceMakers the ability to work on Greenstar and Green Building projects where FSC timber is a requirement.
PlaceMakers has the widest distribution of FSC accredited branches and timber manufacturing plants in New Zealand. They currently operate 13 branches that can trade FSC timber with a Chain of Custody certificate. PlaceMakers also have five manufacturing plants that supply Frames and Trusses with FSC certification as required. These sites are Cook St, Mt Wellington & Pakuranga in Auckland, Te Rapa in Hamilton, Mt Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty, Palmerston North in the Lower North Island, Porirua, Hutt City, Kaiwharawhara, Evans Bay in Wellington, Riccarton in Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown while the manufacturing sites are in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin. With so much coverage in all corners of New Zealand, PlaceMakers is doing its part to facilitate sustainable building projects wherever Kiwi’s reside.
What does it mean for these outlets to be Chain of Custody certified? It means that each product purchased can be traced back through every process of refinement it has undergone. You could even trace an FSC certified board, purchased in one of these outlets, back to the forest it originally came from. It means you don’t have to do any research for yourself, but if you did want to you’d have all the information at your fingertips. Simply look for the FSC logo on the product and run its certification number through the FSC public database.
For over a decade, PlaceMakers and Forest Stewardship Council have worked together to ensure New Zealanders have access to timber products from responsibly managed sources. Sustainability has been at the forefront of 21st-century design and we believe the demand for renewable materials feeds perfectly into this paradigm shift. The FSC is constantly evolving and working with industries, ecologists and communities. Our goal is to provide consumers with confidence that products with our logo guarantee responsible sourcing. We are proud to work with PlaceMakers on these initiatives.