We are deeply committed to a sustainable future
Choosing timber products can help tackle climate change as timber is a renewal source, and carbon remains locked in wood for the life of the piece of timber. Growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, emit oxygen and store carbon. About half the dry weight of a tree or wood product is carbon; one ton of carbon represents 3.67 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Also, it takes 5 times more energy to produce aluminium than timber and timber has 2000 times the resistance to heat transfer (U-value) than aluminium.
In Australia there are three timber certifications recognised:
FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council), Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS), and PEFC (Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification). Paarhammer only uses timber with one of these certifications and is itself FSC®-Chain-of-Custody certified. Read more
Most Paarhammer products are supplied with a stained or spray painted finish. We use Adler paints which are especially formulated for longevity on windows and doors. These paints are water based and contain low to very low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Also the Cutek oil used for bushfire products is low VOC. The use of low VOC finishes, rather than finishes with higher VOC levels, translates to a reduction in the emissions in your home and a better indoor environment for health and wellbeing. Read more
More information on timbers and finishes is here
Our commitment to good environmental outcomes goes beyond our products:
Our new manufacturing facility is just one example of how we aim to keep as low a carbon footprint as possible. There is light management to reduce electricity needs, water tanks for supply to the factory, and waste management where our wood shavings are recycled into wood briquettes that are used to provide hot water and heat to our factory during the winter months, with the rest offered to the public. This reduces landfill by about 1700m3 per year, around 2/3 of an Olympic sized swimming pool. Read more
Paarhammer have also signed up to the Take-2 initiative by Sustainability Victoria, pledging to play our part to assist in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, to keep the global temperature rise to under two degrees.