Innovation in timber supply at the London 2012 Olympics
How the ODA achieved its objective to use only sustainably sourced timber in the Olympic Park and Village.
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) pledged to set new standards in sustainable development in the construction of facilities for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. One of the key objectives was to use only timber which came from known legal and sustainable sources; a feat never achieved before on a major project of this scale.
A new information paper published by IHS BRE Press explores the innovative methods and processes that ODA put in place to ensure delivery of its sustainable aspirations. From establishing a timber supplier panel and delivery management system to educating the supply chain, the publication chronicles the challenges ODA encountered through use of real project documentation and interviews with key personnel.
The ODA worked with the industry’s two main timber certification bodies, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), to develop a single agreed framework for certifying legal and sustainable timber. Innovation demonstrated as part of this project has been a catalyst for change in timber supply, producing significant lessons learnt and benefits for timber procurers, construction companies and contractors.
Topics covered in the publication include the importance of:
- Getting the FSC and PEFC bodies working together
- Establishing an unbroken chain of custody for the supply chain
- Eliminating risk from the process of ensuring legality and sustainability of timber.
IP 17/12: Innovation in timber supply at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was funded by the BRE Trust and is available from 10 August from the BRE Bookshop.