FSC™ and PEFC™ Chain of custody project certification proves that timber products have been responsibly sourced.

About FSC™ and PEFC™ chain of custody project certification

When it comes to individual projects, the construction industry faces specific challenges in proving that the timber specified and supplied to the project is from legal and sustainable sources.

Project chain of custody certification is a means of independently verifying the use of certified timber in a construction project and allowing the industry to use the certification trademark to promote their responsibly sourced credentials.

Certification means individual projects, whether new build development, major refurbishment or one-off features, can obtain project chain of custody certification and make claims about the use of certified timber during the build.

Project Certification - the challenges: 

  • Many contractors may be involved on-site and not all will have their own chain of custody project certification 
  • Some activities involving timber may take place outside the confines of the certified site for which special procedures may be required.

We offer chain of custody project certification to two schemes: 

  • FSC Project Certification 
  • PEFC Project Certification

The benefits of FSC™ and PEFC™ chain of custody project certification

On individual construction projects, the construction industry faces specific challenges when proving that the timber specified and supplied is from sustainable sources. FSC and PEFC chain of custody project certification has been designed as a mechanism for gaining independent verification of the use of certified timber in a one-off project such as a construction project.

Benefits include:

  • Proof of trace-ability Certification of the timber or timber-derived products within a construction project provides independently verified assurance that the wood used originates from responsibly managed forests.
  • Independent third party verification Certification represents a fraction of the cost of the overall build. Independent third party verification proves that your project has been rigorously audited to an international standard so your clients can be assured that your data is accurate and valid.
  • Compliance with legislation and risk management Project certification is compatible with environmental building standards such as BREEAM and LEED and ensures that wood from unknown, illegal and controversial sources is excluded. 
  • Recognition that not all sub-contractors need to be certified as they are covered by the main contractor’s umbrella certification. 
  • Promotion of the project Globally recognized trademarks can be used to promote the responsibly sourced credentials of the project and enables public claims to be about the use of certified timber during the build.
  • Assurance to clients that they are contributing to environmental and economic best practice.

Companies can provide assurance to suppliers and clients that their projects contribute to the highest levels of environmental, ecological, social and economic standards.