b'INTRODUCTIONDue to rising temperatures, worsening air and water pollution and unchecked levels of landfill waste, public concerns over climate change and the state of the environment are at an all-time high. In Australia, the design and construction industry is one of the highest contributors of waste and emissions year after year. 1In 2018, the built environment was responsible for 40% of Australias total waste levels. 2In addition, the construction, operation and maintenance of buildings make up a quarter of the countrys greenhouse gas emissions. 3As population numbers swell, the impact of construction on the natural environment is set to escalate.Against this backdrop, the demand for sustainable building design is growing with designers and specifiers required to incorporate this new approach into all elements of construction, including material specification. To stay competitive while addressing the climate problem, practitioners need to make more informed choices when specifying building materials and find environmentally-friendly alternatives to less sustainable technologies. This includes accounting for the following factors during the specification process:embodied energy consumption; impact on the environment; impact on occupant health and wellbeing; and performance and aesthetic benefits.In this whitepaper, we explore the growing demand for sustainability in contemporary design and examine the benefits of timber in creating long-lasting, eco-friendly buildings. In doing so, we highlight how specification of innovative, lightweight timber cladding can deliver elevated sustainability and efficiency values without compromising on durability, strength and style.'