The British Woodworking Federation has launched a campaign to make wood the construction material of choice.

"Build it Better with Wood" celebrates the material's many benefits in the built environment and promotes the vast range of woodworking and joinery expertise available in the UK.

Iain McIlwee, the BWF's CEO, (pictured) said: “Build it Better with Wood strengthens the collective voice of the woodworking sector with the aim of making wood the first-choice material in any build.

“Build it Better with Wood isn’t just a statement, it embodies the values of this organisation. The 21st Century is waking up to the potential of timber and we are working with a growing network of customers and specifiers to ensure that they appreciate the benefits of building with wood. But, as a supply chain, we cannot be complacent and rely on the inherent qualities of the material - we can do more to be healthy, sustainable, efficient and safe.

“Every member joining the BWF is visited and audited against our Code of Conduct. This means that our community is made up of people who share these values and that customers can be assured that they are working with a supplier who is committed to best practice in all areas of operation, including customer care and complaints, technical expertise and training, environmental impact and waste as well as employment, education legislation and health and safety.

“With wood delivering on so many levels, from its aesthetic beauty through to its environmental benefits, and the woodworking sector boasting craftspeople and engineers of the very highest calibre, the proliferation of wood in the built environment presents exciting opportunities for the construction sector.”