Helping Combat Climate Change with Sustainable Wood Use: Sleepers & Scaffold Boards Leading the Way


In today’s world, it’s become more vital than ever to address climate change. Back in 2020, during the COP 26 global climate conference, we were reminded of the substantial greenhouse gas emissions stemming from construction activities. It’s a pressing issue that can’t be ignored. Fortunately, one solution that’s gained momentum is the increased use of sustainable materials, with Sleepers & Scaffold Boards taking centre stage.

Fast forward to 2023, and the construction industry’s environmental footprint remains a topic of great concern. What’s promising is that we now have sophisticated tools at our disposal, enabling landscapers and manufacturers to measure the environmental impact of products comprehensively. This isn’t just about carbon emissions; it encompasses the entire lifecycle assessment (LCA).

Here in the UK, we’re increasingly aware of the importance of these sustainable practices, and Sleepers & Scaffold Boards is proud to be a part of this movement. It’s heartening to see the progress our industry is making. When you choose sustainable wood from Sleepers & Scaffold Boards, you’re not just making a purchase; you’re supporting a sustainable future.


Wood: The Sustainable Choice with Sleepers & Scaffold Boards

Sustainability is at the heart of the matter, and Sleepers & Scaffold Boards is proud to offer wood as a frontrunner in this journey. When managed responsibly, trees serve as a renewable resource, absorbing and storing carbon. As we confront climate change, wood’s potential becomes even more apparent. What’s remarkable is that when a piece of wood reaches the end of its useful life, it can be repurposed in various ways – from recycling to energy recovery. It’s a feature that sets wood apart from many other construction materials.

Ensuring Durability with Smart Techniques

One misconception that often arises is that all wood is equal in terms of durability. In reality, the main softwood species used in construction, like Pine and Spruce, are generally less durable than their slower-growing, more expensive hardwood counterparts. However, Sleepers & Scaffold Boards has innovative solutions in place.

To combat issues like fungal decay and insect attacks, the industry employs industrial preservative treatments and wood modification processes. This allows us to make the most of the wood, even the more perishable parts, that might otherwise go to waste.

Notably, the additional energy input for this pretreatment is relatively low, and extensive research supports this. Moreover, the chemical aspects of these treatments are highly regulated, with continuous efforts to develop products and processes that effectively target specific organisms while minimising their environmental impact.

Choosing the Right Timber for the Job with Sleepers & Scaffold Boards

When it comes to practical applications, timber is an excellent choice for fencing and outdoor structural projects. It’s easily worked on-site and, when treated and installed correctly, can serve its intended purpose for years. However, the key is to specify treated wood correctly to ensure optimal performance.

Sleepers & Scaffold Boards understands the importance of using the right wood for the job. Not all treated wood is created equal, and that’s why we adhere to British Standards that require protection levels to be tailored to the component’s intended use, guided by the Use Class system. For example, wood intended for in-ground or wet conditions needs higher protection than wood used indoors.

In conclusion, we all share the responsibility of tackling climate change. Wood, when used sustainably and treated correctly, can be a powerful ally in this mission. By choosing Sleepers & Scaffold Boards, you’re not only making an eco-friendly choice, but you’re also supporting a company that is deeply committed to sustainability. Together, we can build a greener and more sustainable future right here in the UK.