Timber Policy

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Timber Policy
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Countries across the world are embracing timber construction - and encouraging it in their national and regional policies. What can the UK learn from them? Read the inspiring case studies in this document to find out.
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Embodied Carbon
2024 Embodied Carbon Data for Timber Products
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Although timber is classed as a low embodied carbon construction material, different timber products will have different embodied carbon values depending on the energy inputs during processing and transportation.
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In-Situ Timber Maintenance
In-Situ Timber Maintenance
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Maintaining timber structures properly will prevent future costly repair, by addressing early signs of fungal attack, insect infestation, building movement, overloading, water damage, fissures, fire, and accidental damage.
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Non-Destructive Testing
Non-Destructive Testing
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Non-destructive testing techniques minimise disruption and the need for opening works when examining timber in-situ.
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Timber Damage by Insects and Fungi
Timber Damage by Insects and Fungi
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Different wood-decaying organisms feed on wood and can deface or degrade timber. When damage is found, identifying which insects or fungi are responsible both informs the repairs required and the approaches for future prevention.
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In-Situ Timber Assessment
In-Situ Timber Assessment
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In-situ timber needs careful surveying to check structural integrity without damaging or affecting the timber itself. In-situ assessment methods can provide useful initial information before engaging in non-destructive testing.
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Lightweight Timber Frame Construction
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As a renewable resource, lightweight timber frame has lower embodied energy than comparable building materials. It also achieves excellent thermal and acoustic performance, and high durability.
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Offsite Timber Construction
Modern Methods and Offsite Timber Construction
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Modern methods of construction focus on offsite construction techniques, including factory production and pre-assembly of components, to build faster and more efficiently than traditional construction approaches.
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Timber Construction in Flood Prone Sites
Timber Construction in Flood Prone Sites
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Timber construction must be adapted for maximum resilience in areas where flooding is likely.
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Building Regulations
Building Regulations
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Building regulations are statutory instruments designed to protect people’s safety, health, and welfare. They also set minimum standards for accessibility, water and energy usage, and security.
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