WICKES TIMBER & BUILDING SUPPLIES
PLANED T&G FLOORING - A stack of boards cut to size. The width of these boards from our local Wickes supplier did not correspond with that stated on the label. This makes estimating accurately very difficult - especially online. When laid side by side the shortfall accumulates, until you will need to purchase additional wood to complete your project.
Very helpfully, Wickes took the trouble to telephone the Trust who had been delayed slightly to sort the matter for them. We are pleased to be able to say that the labeling matter was corrected and that Wickes very kindly offered to cover the additional cost of another board and the time to rectify. It is nice to know that if there is a problem, that this company will do their best to sort it for you. For their part, the Trust were pleased to be able to help this valued supplier by reporting the error, to ensure that they can continue to offer an excellent service to the trade and private home improvers.
WOOD AS A BUILDING MATERIAL:
When it comes to sustainability, wood is one of the best materials imaginable - but only if it is grown in properly managed timber estates. The ships of old were built of wood by skilled craftsmen. Carpenters make furniture from wood. Wood is lighter the steel as a structural component but being a natural product is limited in size.
About 45% of the UK's CO2 emissions come from buildings. The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 aims to reduce emissions by at least 80% by 2050. In Scotland, sustainability of buildings is embedded into the building standards. These standards are constantly being increased. The Sullivan Report made recommendations to achieve total-life zero-carbon buildings by 2030.
As the expected operational performance of buildings increase, the environmental impacts of the construction materials used become more significant. These impacts include; the use of raw materials; transportation, the resources used in manufacturing, and the emissions generated. For timber products embodied carbon is an important green credential. For a comparison of materials see the Inventory of Carbon and Energy prepared by Hammond and Jones of the University of Bath.
captures and locks CO2 up, to a limited extent combating greenhouse gas
build up. While is is growing, forests generate oxygen - and that is why
we cannot afford to lose the Amazonian
Rainforests. Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow while simultaneously providing biodiversity rich habitats for wildlife, a variety of ecosystem services and leisure spaces for local communities.
The choice of sustainable materials is not the whole story however. Building design, process and quality are also important determinants of how well the building performs - as is the way in which it is ultimately used.
SUPPLIES & LABELING - LETTER TO WICKES UK, RE: 1 Hammonds Dr,
Eastbourne, East Sussex BN23 6PW Tel:
F.A.O. Gordon MacKenzie
Ask for: Brian or Leslie
Dear Mr MacKenzie,