Individual objects or buildings of any size or scale that are built or renovated on a one-off basis can achieve FSC certification. The FSC Chain of Custody Standard for Project Certification can also be used for civil engineering projects.
How does Project Certification work?
Having selected an FSC accredited Certification Body, your project manager (either in-house or a consultant) must then liaise with them to put in place a system of collating and verifying documents relating to purchases of FSC certified timber by all contractors and sub-contractors. As with any Chain of Custody certification, all relevant personnel will need training in:
- how to specify FSC certified timber
- how to find FSC certified suppliers
- how to verify that FSC certified timber has been supplied
- what to do if non-FSC certified timber is delivered
There are two possible options for FSC project certification:
- Full Project Certification: For full project certification, the standard requires a minimum of 50% of the timber products used to be FSC 100%, FSC Mix or post-consumer reclaimed, with the remainder being ‘other reclaimed’ or ‘controlled wood’.
- Partial Project Certification: For partial project certification, stated components will be FSC certified (e.g. windows, cladding, timber frames) and this must be made clear in all publicity. There are no minimum requirement or restrictions on sources of other timber (partial certification can either be the intention at the outset or a fall-back position if it proves impossible to meet full certification).
Do companies supplying timber for an FSC certified project have to hold certification?
Project managers working on an FSC certified project can ensure that forest products are FSC certified in one of two ways:
- Purchasing the product from an FSC certificate holder. All FSC certified companies worldwide can be found on the FSC certificate database.
- By including companies in the scope of the FSC project certificate if they have been contracted/sub-contracted to purchase, transform and/or install FSC certified wood material/products specifically for the project. This could include contractors/sub-contractors working on or off the project site. These entities/companies would not be required to hold their own valid FSC chain of custody certificate, however all FSC certified wood materials and/or products sourced by them or for them, which is used in the project, would have to be sourced from valid FSC chain of custody certificate holders if it is to be recognised as FSC certified.
FSC standards related to project certification can be found below.
All other FSC policy and standards documents can be found here.