Certified Wood for El Prado in Madrid


One of the most important Art Museums, El Prado in Madrid, has just become Spain's first public building to seriously apply sustainable criteria to the building process by using a significant amount of certified timber. To construct the extension of the art gallery, pine, birch, oak, cedar and maple tree wood has been used from countries like Russia, the US, France and Canada. (A shame it couldn't be local as well ) Flooring, hand railings, wall covering, ceilings and walls make up the beautiful interior of these newly built 22.000 square metres for which the majority of wood is FSC-certified. Facilities include exhibition rooms, a drawings gallery, a conference room, an assembly hall, restoration rooms and administrative offices. The decision to construct with FSC-certified wood has earned the Prado a big pat on the shoulder from ecologists but also Miguel Angel Soto from Greenpeace admits that this has never happened before in Spain: " A public work in an emblematic building of Spanish and global culture like the Prado, has been built under sustainable criteria called for by society." Maybe it wasn't just down to society's stipulations but also to the fact that in 2005 Greenpeace pressed charges against the new installations of the Museum Reina Sofía, down the road from the Prado, for having used wood bought from companies in Brazil that had been reported and fined for illegal cutting of tees from the Amazon Rainforest. Soto hopes that this good-willed effort sets an example for future laws in the public building sector to guarantee that public money is no longer financing deforestation or illegal felling. This way, the Prado has proven that it's possible to construct on a large scale and beautifully with certified wood. via ::Rainforest Alliance ::FSC ::FSC Spain

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