Are SUPAWOOD products sustainable?

At SUPAWOOD, we pride ourselves on designing, manufacturing and supplying our clients with fully compliant and sustainable solutions for their projects – with the ability to meet any sustainability or Green Star Certified Buildings Australia requirements.

SUPAWOOD is committed to improving design and minimising our impact on the world’s resources. Our environmentally friendly architectural lining systems are a superior choice for architects, designers and projects seeking to achieve certain sustainability benchmarks.

Supawood’s products have been the preferred architectural lining systems of some of Australia's most prominent, respected and highest-rated Green Star buildings in the past decade.

What is GreenStar Australia?

The Green Star rating scheme created by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is the benchmark being used for ever-increasing numbers of projects to measure their environmental performance, including the internal lining products being specified.

How does Green Star apply to Internal Wall and Ceiling Lining Systems?

There are 3 areas where Green Star Certification applies specifically to architectural internal linings:

  1. Sustainable Timber
  2. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
  3. Formaldehyde emissions

Supawood architectural ceiling and wall lining solutions are designed to meet the project-specific requirements for sustainable compliance in these areas.

Learn more about Supawood’s use of sustainable timbers, our chain of custody certifications, extremely low formaldehyde and VOC products, and our Green Star Certified interior panels on our Green Star Information page.

Are Green Star Certified Internal Linings More Expensive?

Definitely not!

  • Supplying prefinished panels costs no more than finishing panels on site due to the saving of on-site time and access costs.
  • Panels can be PEFC/21-31-150 certified for no extra cost in most cases.
  • The extra cost of supplying panels certified in FSC® would typically be around 5% compared to non FSC®panels in most cases.
  • Likewise, the cost of ensuring compliance with LEED or WELL would also typically be around 5% compared to non-compliant panels.

What else is SUPAWOOD doing to be more sustainable?

Supawood is committed to becoming carbon neutral. Since 2018, we have installed 500 solar panels on the roof of our factory, supplying 190kW of energy. To date, this initiative has removed more than 400 tons of carbon from the atmosphere.

Whilst also upholding our commitment to nurturing Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) principles through end-to-end project-specific support and product innovation.

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Our Green Star Certified Products include:

Panels -

  • SUPALINE  decorative panels are available in a vast range of natural timber look finishes, and can be custom grooved and/or installed in a 3D effect.
  • MIMIC  panels can be printed with virtually any supplied image.
  • SUPACOUSTIC acoustic panels and tiles and our standard patterns can be supplied in custom permutations to emulate almost any pattern you desire without affecting their acoustic properties. The panels themselves can be made in any shape.
  • Our  SUPATILE 3D  acoustic and decorative ceiling tiles can be used to add dimensional ceiling effects.

Beams -

  • Lightweight  MAXI BEAM offers the flexibility to create chunky timber elements for walls, ceilings and screens in natural textured timber looks. They can also be custom contoured.
  • ALUCLICK  aluminium beams allow you to create highly durable effects inside and out. Available in a range of woodgrains.
  • Multiple node junction details are available.
  • Due to their lightweight design, both can be used for floating ceiling effects.
  • Acoustic options are available.

Slats -

  • SUPASLAT  slatted panels can be used in endless ways to achieve natural timber effects.
  • DRIFTWOOD  rustic slatted panels and ceiling tiles add a unique weathered timber effect.
  • SUPATILE SLAT  slatted ceiling tiles make applying a slatted effect and accessibility easy by using a T-bar ceiling grid.
  • Acoustic options are available.

Blades & Fins -

  • WAVE BLADES  timber blades or fins can be used in endless ways on ceilings and walls. Achieve amazing natural effects such as flowing water and branching trees.
  • WAFFLE BLADES  allow you to apply geometric effects with ease.
  • Both products are available in a huge range of finishes including textured timber laminates.
  • Acoustic options available.

Textured Finishes -

Biophilic Design can be further enhanced by using natural finishes on surfaces, especially if textured. Recent studies have revealed that the use of wood in interiors creates a calming environment on entry or to work in, learn and communicate. By adding texture to these surfaces, the tactile senses are provoked.

More Resources relating to Green Star and Sustainability Compliance

The Importance Of Certified Compliance & Regulatory Test Methods - 2022 Webinar

Supawood’s most recent webinar and whitepaper focus on four vital areas of compliance for architectural linings systems: Fire, Acoustic, Seismic and Sustainability.

Of particular relevance in the webinar, Tone Wheeler provides a fascinating presentation about the historical development of sustainable building practices, products and design in relation to human well-being and compliance.

Touching on the many transitional phases that have shaped Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) to where it is today. Morphing from an emphasis on morals and metrics to a concentration on building specifications and onwards to a more holistic stage of sustainability of occupant-focused and biophilic design.

Of particular importance, sustainability certifications and frameworks are instrumental in guiding sustainability for design and product compliance.

Compliance methods by NABERS, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes), Australian Forestry Standard for sustainable timber COC certification, Green Star Certified Buildings Australia are also discussed in the webinar and whitepaper.  Read more >>>

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2022 Changes to the Green Star Building Standard – Part 1

The most revered Sustainable Building Certification System in Australia is Green Star. Learn about the most recent and important changes of 2022. Read more >>>

2022 Changes to the Green Star Building Standard – Part 2

The most popular Sustainable building certification system in Australia is Green Star. Learn more about important changes that have been made recently. Read more >>>

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