Environment

Niagara selects only the best sustainable pine to process

Sustainable
Radiata Pine

Our timber source

Niagara concentrates solely on radiata pine, which flourishes in the New Zealand southern climate. All material is sourced from plantations in Southland and areas of the neighbouring province of Otago.

The Southland region of New Zealand lends itself perfectly to the growth of quality radiata pine, with an abundance of suitable plantation sites. Consistent rainfall, ample sunlight particularly during spring and summer, and cool climatic conditions result in an ideal growing environment.

Niagara sources its material from a variety of locations and while it owns some of its plantations, the company also purchases logs from privately-owned blocks and through the tender system.

Radiata pine the
timber of choice

The white timber of radiata pine has a multitude of uses and is highly sought after on the global market. As a result of decades of investment in forestry research, New Zealand's radiata pine forests produce timber of uniform colour and density. When you choose a New Zealand manufactured pine product made from timber sourced from one of our responsibly managed forests, you are making a responsible choice.

Sustainable
New Zealand Pine

Wood is one of the most renewable and sustainable building materials. The cycle of planting and harvesting of plantation forests results in the removal and storage of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This helps make timber an environmentally friendly choice for anyone concerned about their carbon footprint.

Niagara uses timber exclusively produced in New Zealand's radiata pine plantation forests and was among the first sawmills in New Zealand to be certified as a supplier of FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) timber products. The timber from these forests meets the standards set by FSC for environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable forest management.

This means Niagara supplies a product that carries the internationally prized FSC® certification. Visit www.fsc.org to see more about the advantages of renewable pine and the environmental impact of pine alternatives such as steel, concrete, aluminium and fibrocement.

Choose timber - for life

Far less fossil fuel is used in solid wood extraction than steel, concrete or aluminium, so it is a highly cost-efficient renewable resource. And the good news doesn't stop there. It is well known that trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen as they grow. This reduces the harmful CO2 emissions that contribute to global warming. Importantly, when the trees are harvested and processed the carbon is sequestered in the wood. This means the more Niagara timber you use the more you are helping to produce a healthier, more energy-efficient, carbon neutral living environment.

Research at Lincoln University revealed wood has a superior thermal mass. In fact, weight-for-weight solid timber has over 2.5 times the thermal mass of concrete. The thermal retention properties of solid timber walls play a significant role in regulating the interior comfort of your home.

Carbon released and stored in the manufacture of building materials

Material

Rough sawn timber

Concrete

Steel

Aluminum

Carbon released (kg/t)

30

50

700

8700

Carbon released (kg/m³)

15

120

5320

22000

Carbon stored (kg/m³)

250

0

0

0

To estimate the contribution your choice of building materials makes to your house's carbon footprint visit: www.nzwood.co.nz/house-calculator