Italy em­braces PEFC-cer­ti­fied tim­ber for postearthquake re­con­struc­tion

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

One year ago, a dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake hit cen­tral Italy. One year later, PEFC-cer­ti­fied wood is help­ing peo­ple to re­build their homes, and their lives.

Through­out the re­gion, lo­cally grown, PEFCcer­ti­fied wood has helped to get chil­dren back into school and bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

It pro­vides as­sur­ances to the peo­ple in the re­gion that they will be bet­ter pre­pared in case a sim­i­lar event hap­pens in the fu­ture, us­ing wood as a raw ma­te­rial that can be sourced in har­mony with na­ture.

“Us­ing wood has many ex­cel­lent ad­van­tages,” said Gian­luca En­drizzi from Rub­ner Group, the PEFC-cer­ti­fied com­pany re­spon­si­ble for the con­struc­tion of two stun­ning new nurs­eries in Guastalla (Emilia Ro­magna) and Nor­cia (Um­bria).

“Wood is ex­tremely struc­turally safe and is a natural raw and zero-im­pact ma­te­rial.

“Us­ing PEFC-cer­ti­fied tim­ber en­sures the sus­tain­abil­ity of the sup­ply chain, and we know that trees will be planted to re­place those that were cut down,” Mr En­drizzi said.

In Ama­trice, in the heav­ily dam­aged Abruzzo re­gion, tim­ber from PEFC-cer­ti­fied forests of the Ital­ian Alps is at the heart of a new recre­ational cen­tre.

De­signed by ar­chi­tect Ste­fano Bo­eri, the build­ing hosts a ci­ti­zen can­teen, the first el­e­ment of the new food vil­lage.

“This build­ing was made with PEFC-cer­ti­fied wood from the forests of Fri­uli Venezia-Gi­u­lia,” said Marino De Santa from Leg­nolan­dia, the com­pany re­spon­si­ble for the con­struc­tion.

“Us­ing wood meant the con­struc­tion was rapid and pre­cise. What was im­pos­si­ble just a few years ago is now achiev­able thanks to new tech­nolo­gies within the wood in­dus­try.”

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