I would really like people's opinion on the new EU illegal logging legislation that has recently been approved by parliment.
As architects, when choosing and specifying wood do you take into account where the wood has come from and if it has been sourced legally?
This new law sends out a clear message that trade in illegal wood is no longer acceptable and it should actually be realistic for the wood industry to implement. Some environmental radicals, with limited knowledge of the timber sector, wanted full legality licensing for all wood products regardless of whether or not they originate from a low risk source. This would have been virtually impossible to implement and with cost implications making it even harder for wood to compete with other building materials that unfairly have no such pressure to demonstrate legality. But the good news is that "due diligence" and "risk assessment" will form a key part of the new legislation.
Let me know your views on the subject