© Hollybrook Homes - Ilford WharfThe construction industry is the largest buyer of timber products. The sector therefore influences the type of timber in demand and helps to increase the amount of sustainably-sourced material used. Rating systems, such as the USA’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), provide credits – and thus, market incentives – for FSC-certified products.
Contractors and their suppliers can obtain FSC chain of custody certification in order to sell products with FSC claims. Constructors or renovators of individual objects or buildings can alternatively seek FSC project certification.