As a renewable material, timber does need extensive, carbon emission-heavy processes to make it suitable for building. It also has strong thermal properties and can actually store carbon. However, its environmental benefits are diminished due to illegal timber harvesting.

According to a United Nations Environment Program and INTERPOL study, the illegal timber trade accounts for 30 per cent of annual timber production around the world, causes mass deforestation and can be a source of labour exploitation and abuse of worker rights. In Australia, certification schemes such as that offered…