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08.10.2020

INTRODUCING / New Zealand’s First Verified Carbon Negative Feature Timber

It's official - with the release of Abodo's Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), Abodo's Vulcan is the first verified carbon negative feature timber.

It's been a lot of work in the making and now it's official - with the release of Abodo's Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) - Abodo's Vulcan Timber is the first verified carbon negative feature timber.

And we think that's pretty exciting news!

How Do I Use an EPD?

EPDs provide lifecycle data for calculating the impacts of wood products at a building level. This data may be used by specifiers and developers to calculate and present the environmental impacts of particular construction projects.

The New Zealand Green Building Council currently allows up to three points to be awarded for use of EPDs in Greenstar projects, as of the ’Green Star Design and As Built New Zealand v1.0 Submission Guidelines’.

Other green building certification frameworks such as LEED, Green Building Council of Australia and Living Building Certification also have points available for products with an EPD.

How Much Carbon Does Vulcan Cladding Store?

Want to make a climate difference? Start using building materials that store carbon, rather than emit carbon during their manufacture.

Each square metre of Vulcan Cladding stores 9.74 kg of carbon. That makes an important difference to the embodied carbon in your building.

How Vulcan Timber Compares

Looking to design and build something with a lower carbon footprint?

Vulcan compares favourably to other typical cladding materials, such as aluminium, fibre cement and steel.

See this LCA diagram for more information.

Reducing Carbon Footprint, A Case Study: Cardrona Cabin

Abodo's Cardrona Cabin makes extensive use of Vulcan Cladding, Screening, Panelling and structural elements.

Predominantly manufactured from glue laminated sections, the Vulcan timber product stores a considerable amount of CO2e.

Over 9 tonnes of carbon is stored in the Vulcan timber elements alone, dramatically offsetting the small amounts of concrete and structural steel used in the building.

Comparing Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for Different Timbers

Almost all solid timbers store carbon - but their carbon footprint can vary vastly.

With the help of global expert Callum Hill we have released a report comparing the EPD's (Environmental Product Declarations) for a range of natural and modified timbers.

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