Environmental Certifications (FSC & PEFC)

The sustainable management of the world’s forests is crucial to the long-term viability of the timber industry and, most importantly, the future of our environment. At Austim, we carry out due diligence on all timber products we purchase to ensure they come from legally logged and well-managed forests, with a strong focus on ensuring imported timber exceeds our standards.

Perth’s certified timber suppliers and Perth timber buyers benefited greatly in 2009 when Austim became ‘chain of custody’ certified by Australia’s two major internationally recognised agencies:

The Forest Stewardship Council ®(FSC)

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

Chain of custody certification allows us to sell products as FSC or PEFC certified (but only where we have purchased them from a similarly certified source—the chain cannot be broken). Annual audits by third-party organisations are mandatory and ensure all requirements are upheld.

The number of species certified to such levels is continually increasing. If you need ‘certified’ timber or have a green star rated project, ask us and we’ll recommend the most suitable timber.

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FSC certification

A long-term vision

Austim’s vision is clear: the world’s forests are precious—we need them preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Purchasing FSC certified products is a great way of ensuring that they are sourced from responsibly managed forests.

Who is FSC?

FSC is an international not-for-profit organisation founded in 1993 by environmentalists, social interest groups, responsible retailers and leading forest companies. It aims to develop standards that ensure environmental, social and economic needs are balanced, and that long-term forest management plans are implemented. These standards are based on the ‘10 Principles for Forest Stewardship.’

What happens when you purchase an FSC certified product?

  • Waterways are protected
  • Wildlife habitat and species are protected or enhanced
  • High conservation value forests are preserved
  • Forest management practices are monitored annually
  • Worker safety and wellbeing is enhanced
  • The rights of Indigenous people are respected

FSC certification is carried out by FSC accredited certification bodies (auditors), which are internationally accredited and managed by an independent accreditation body. FSC itself does not certify forest operations or manufacturers. This maintains FSC’s independence between its standards, requirements and operations seeking certification.

Need an environmentally responsible timber supplier? Perth chooses Austim.

For sustainable solutions, from timber cladding to joinery timbers, ask Austim today.

PEFC certification

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification.

PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards.

How PEFC works

PEFC is an umbrella organisation that works by endorsing national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions.

With over 30 endorsed national certification systems and more than 240 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification system. Each national forest certification system undergoes rigorous third-party assessment against PEFC’s unique ‘Sustainability Benchmarks’ to ensure consistency with international requirements.

PEFC members

Today, PEFC includes 37 national certification systems among its membership; which is also open to international stakeholders such as civil society organisations, businesses, government entities and intergovernmental bodies. PEFC certification is also favoured by numerous public and private timber procurement policies worldwide.

Need an environmentally responsible timber supplier? Perth chooses Austim.

For sustainable solutions, from timber flooring to furniture timber, ask Austim today.

American forests

Outgrowing demand

American hardwoods derive from sustainably managed forests in the United States. Regular U.S. Forest Service inventories demonstrate that between 1953 and 2007, the volume of U.S. hardwood growing stock more than doubled from 5,210 million m3 to 11,326 million m3. There was a 15% increase in growing stock between 1997 and 2007, despite strong growth in demand for hardwoods during this period. U.S. Forest Service forecasts indicate that further increases of 15-20% are expected in the hardwood growing stock inventory by 2030. Projections of hardwood growth and removals nationwide indicate that growth will continue to exceed removals through to 2050.

Regulation in the U.S.

All forest owners in the United States are subject to Federal legislation to protect habitats for threatened species. Tough regulations governing other aspects of forest management on private land have been implemented by individual states. Independent studies indicate that there is a very low risk of any American hardwood being derived from illegal sources or from forests where management practices lead to deforestation or to otherwise threaten biodiversity.

Interesting facts about U.S. forests

  • Only around 20% timberland and 30% hardwood timber inventory in U.S. hardwood-producing states is owned by federal, state or local governments the balance of nearly 80% of the timberland and 70% of hardwood timber inventory is privately owned
  • Some four million individuals and other private entities own the 110 million hectares of hardwood and mixed oak-pine forest types
  • American hardwoods derive from managed natural forests, which have high biodiversity, provide a habitat for a wide range of species, and are very resilient to fire and pests
  • Fertile forest soils and favourable growing conditions in the U.S. mean that hardwood forests are most effectively renewed through natural regeneration
  • Selection harvesting, involving the removal of specified individuals or small groups of trees, is typical in American hardwood forests.

Austim values a sustainable forest future for Australia, America and the world. For sustainable solutions, from timber joinery to hardwood flooring timber Perth wide, ask Austim today.

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What our clients say

Austim are a great partner and timber supplier. Our business is based on the East Coast of Australia and we partner with Austim for WA projects. We have had a long lasting and great working relationship with Austim for many years. Highly recommend them.
daniel wright
daniel wright
06:31 18 Jun 19
Austim is always the first place I try when I need timber and it’s rare that I can’t get what I need there. Stuart is a rare gem of a gent to deal with – quick to respond to any queries, full of good advice and goes out of his way to help get whatever project I’m working on happening to my schedule, even when all I need is a few sticks and a handful of fixings. Highly recommend Austim, the team and young Stuart.
Anni Lilford
Anni Lilford
00:51 16 Nov 18
Stuart went out of his way to make sure we got the product we wanted. He made suggestions on possible constructions and timbers suitable. Very knowledgeable friendly staff all around. Excellent experience, highly recommended.
Holger Butenschon
Holger Butenschon
05:14 22 May 18
Hi Ben,Just wanted to thankyou for your help and advice in our selection of the Millboard Vintage Oak decking also in you recommending Grant from Premier Hardwood Decking. Grant has just completed our decking and we couldn't have asked for a more professional, reliable and competent tradesman. The decking has been installed to a very high standard and the decking itself is stunning. Ian and Sue
susan smith
susan smith
06:27 08 Oct 18
I've used Austim on a few occasions for home projects like decking and pergola, etc and each time the response to my requests for price and delivery have been excellent, the deliveries took place as negotiated, the timber quality was great and value for money. The team at Austim do a great job and make dealing with Austim a breeze.
Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson
09:06 25 Oct 18
I have worked with Austim for around 8 years now and they are one of the best suppliers in perth to deal with. I would highly recommend to use them for any timber needs!!!
Art of Timber
Art of Timber
07:55 05 Mar 20
I had been looking for some cedar for my kayak project and had rung a couple of other places with no luck. When I contacted Austim they were very helpful, had the timber in stock and I was on my was in 20 minutes. The wood was very good quality and has really finished up beautifully. Thanks to Austim.
mark alderson
mark alderson
02:03 08 Apr 17
I"d like to thank Austim for there help in supplying me with material that firstly I thought I'd have trouble sourcing as it was marring up with originally 30 year old existing timber.My project was not a massive project but still needed the attention of an new build.The timber supplied by Austim was machined to size with absolute perfection, where I had to remove old pieces and replace with the new pieces they fitted perfectly.once the floors are re-sanded and varnished they will be back to there former glory. Thanks again to the staff at Austim.Regards Bob Heppenstall.I've just added a finished photo after the Floor Sanding was completed.Original timber was Tassie Oak, and the new is Vic Ash, as you can see there is only a slight variation in the final product.I hope this gives anyone thinking doing the same the confidence to proceed. Regards Bob Heppenstall.
Robert Heppenstall
Robert Heppenstall
10:05 12 Oct 18
Great service over phone and by email. Product supplied is high quality - no issues. Staff accommodating and friendly.
M F
M F
00:18 07 May 20
Good service with fair prices.
Colin Della Bosca
Colin Della Bosca
08:14 04 Jun 20

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