Henry Timber attaches great importance to the choice of its suppliers and the origin of purchases. Indeed, we buy PEFC™ or FSC® certified wood as well as wood from responsibly and sustainably managed forests.

What is the EUTR ?

The European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) is the essential tool of the European Union to fight against illegal timber. In force since March 3, 2013, it prohibits the marketing and circulation of illegally exploited timber.

Complying with the EUTR is an obligation for any timber import.

To do this, we have implemented an active vigilance process, formalized in a reasoned diligence system, in three stages:

- information gathering
- risk analysis
- risk mitigation

Thus, for each purchase outside the European Union, we assess the risk that the wood comes from an illegal origin and we reduce it if necessary.

FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) is an agreement between a country and the EU.
Today, only Indonesia has this agreement, which ensures the legality of timber sold by Indonesia under the EUTR.

Since 2015, we have adhered to the LCB (Le Commerce du Bois) Reasoned Diligence System and the LCB Environmental Charter. We obtained the maximum score of 3 sheets, this score translates that our purchases as well as our sales are responsible.

Link to the LCB website LCB Environmental Charter

What is PEFC ?

PEFC™ (European Program for Certified Forests) is a forest certification with a reference system that promotes a balance between environmental, societal and economic issues.
It aims to improve the sustainable management of forests through a voluntary process of continuous improvement. Forest certification does not give guarantees as to technological qualities but promises a guarantee and a management of forests respectful of the environment, socially beneficial and economically viable.

Certification takes into account all stages from the forest to the finished product:

  1. Forest : Rules for sustainable forest management
  2. Exploitation : Rules of sustainable forest management
  3. Marketing and Processing : Chain of Custody Rules
  4. Marketing of the finished product

PEFC certification: audit and control procedures | PEFC

What is FSC ?

Forest Stewardship Council® is a non-governmental organization created in 1993, one year after the Rio Earth Summit, by the will of a group of companies, environmental associations (including the WWF) and representatives
social rights.

Its mission is to create and promote an independent and efficient certification system in all types of forests (boreal, tropical and temperate).

Regular monitoring of forests and companies certified by an independent third party guarantees the application of responsible management specifications.

Thus promoted by a demanding label, the values of the forests are better shared and preserved.

Link to FSC : website Chain of Custody | Forest Stewardship Council (fsc.org)

What is the RE2020 ?

The building is the first sector in terms of energy consumption with 44%.

75% of the CO2 emitted by a building comes from the construction phase.

The major challenge of the 2020 Environmental Regulations is to significantly reduce the building's carbon emissions and put the sector on the path to carbon neutrality. The regulations are based on a gradual transformation of construction techniques, industrial sectors and energy solutions.

This building regulation aims to control the energy consumption of new buildings with 3 objectives:

  1. Buildings that consume less and use less carbon energies
  2. Make a gradual transition to low-carbonconstruction focusing on the diversity of construction methods and the mix of materials
  3. Buildings that are more pleasant in hot weather

Link to the site : Environmental Regulations 2020 - RE2020

What is the carbon footprint ?

The purpose of carrying out a carbon balance sheet is to assess the quantity of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere resulting from human activities.

To achieve this, it is necessary to collect the activity data of the organization studied: raw materials and energy purchased, employee travel, use of products by customers, end of life of products, etc.

The company can rely on Life Cycle Assessment to determine the environmental impacts of products for each phase of their life.

The Bilan Carbone allows companies to quantify their carbon footprint by highlighting the main sources of emissions (energy consumption, transport, purchase, waste, etc.) and to implement strategic actions to reduce it.

What is a FDES ?

An Environmental and Health Declaration Sheet is a document that presents the environmental indicators and health information of a product.

There are different types of FDES:

  1. Range FDES : covers one or more products

  2. Individual FDES : Covers a product made by one manufacturer

  3. FDES collective : covers a product made by several manufacturers

An FDES is a multi-page document:

The first pages are dedicated to general information about the manufacturer, the product and the FDES
The following pages describe the stages of the life cycle, the processes taken into account and certain methodological assumptions
The heart of the FDES consists of tables presenting the environmental indicators by stage of the life cycle
The last pages present health and comfort information

The FDES are checked and validated by an independent third party and have a validity period of 5 years. They are available on the INIES database.

Link to the INIES website with an explanatory video: FDES (Construction products) - Inies

French wood

The BOIS DE FRANCE label guarantees the origin and place of processing of the wood. It is a guarantee of recognition of the work of the French forest and wood industry.

Today, wood users are increasingly attentive to the origin and place of transformation of wood. The relocation of the economy is obvious, the consumption in short circuits also.

With the BOIS DE FRANCE label, the fields of wood production, processing, construction and industry can provide these guarantees and thus meet the current strong environmental and societal challenges.

At Henry Timber, we have chosen to work with French wood and we are proud of it!

Our labeled woods:

  • Oak pedestals
  • Ash pedestals
  • Douglas fir decking boards
  • Bastaings, joists, planks, planks, red planks, squared beams, battens, fir formwork boards

The advantages of wood in construction

Bio-based material : wood is an infinitely renewable raw material
Less waste and less water : the wood sector is a dry sector
Lightness : wood is 5 times lighter than concrete (truck turnover divided by 8)
Carbon benefits : Wood traps carbon, 1T of wood used saves 1T of CO2 compared to concrete
Technical material : wood is fire resistant and insulating
Acoustic benefits

Proven positive health effects : the presence of wood reduces our blood pressure as well as our heart rate

A growing forest can absorb 11 to 37 tonnes of CO2 per hectare per year.

Carbon storage time in wood products :

Final destination marketPackagingBig workSecond workFurniture
Typical life examples8 years (pallet)100 years (frame, wooden frame wall)

30 years (window)

100 years (solid parquet)

20 years (table, kitchen furniture)


BIOSOURCE MATERIAL : From plant or animal biomass

RE2020 : 2020 Environmental Building Regulations

FDES : Environmental and Health Declaration Sheet

LCA : Life Cycle Analysis

CARBON BALANCE : Accounting for greenhouse gas emissions

GRAY CARBON : Quantity of carbon emissions during the complete life cycle of a material

CARBON FOOTPRINT : Measurement of CO2 emissions for a product over its entire life cycle

INIES : National reference base on environmental and health characteristics for buildings (FDES)

LABEL BBCA : First label for measuring the carbon footprint of a building

CO2 EQUIVALENT : Unit created by the IPCC to compare the impact of different greenhouse gases