Sustainability

timber neighbourhood
Planning permission granted for UK’s largest timber neighbourhood
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Human Nature’s radically sustainable plan for 685 new timber-frame homes for Lewes, in East Sussex, has been approved. One year after the proposal to transform a neglected 7.9-hectare brownfield site into a vibrant green neighbourhood was announced, the Phoenix development has been given the go ahead by the South Downs...
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Embodied carbon data released for more than 95% of timber consumed in UK
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Timber Development UK (TDUK) – the UK’s trade association for the timber supply chain – has released average carbon data for the 10 major timber product categories – completely free for all to access. This data will support architects, engineers, and other specifiers to make accurate assessments of the carbon...
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Lea Bridge Library by Studio Weave
A second life for fallen London trees
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Beautifully lined in a colourful patchwork of hardwoods from felled urban trees, Studio Weave’s pavilion is a dynamic and delightful addition to Lea Bridge Library. Images © Jim Stephenson. A red pre-cast concrete colannade runs the length of the wing. The non-structural columns contain downpipes taking rainwater to the tree...
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Supporting sustainable tropical timber
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Incentivising good forest governance in tropical timber producing countries. Project managed  and coordinated by Timber Development UK (TDUK) through funding from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Broader Market Recognition Coalition (BMRC) is a coalition of six producing nations including Cameroon, Ghana, Guyana, Indonesia, Liberia, and the Republic of Congo....
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Net zero roadmap for timber
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Our strategy for helping establish and support a clear route to net-zero for the timber supply chain by 2050. Commissioned by Timber Development UK (TDUK) in collaboration with eleven UK timber trade associations, the Timber Industry Net Zero Roadmap was developed following a comprehensive effort to map and measure carbon...
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Demountable timber housing
Demountable timber housing for 370 refugees – using no concrete at all
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A building that had to be erected quickly and which could also be taken down within ten years: these were the criteria for the Rigot Collective Dwelling Centre, a two-building complex providing housing for 370 refugees in Rigot Park in Geneva, Switzerland. The client was Hospice Général - the main...
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Safeguarding our supply chain
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We are refreshing our Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP) Programme to help members better manage supply chain risks. To ensure that all timber placed on the UK market is only coming from reputable suppliers, and performs as expected, we are beginning a programme of work so that our world leading RPP...
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Powerful new policy report shows path to net zero with timber
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Timber Development UK (TDUK) – the UK’s trade association for the timber supply chain – in collaboration with Waugh Thistleton Architects – have released a study on policies from across the globe which encourage the use of timber in construction. Timber Policy is a comparative study of policies, across six...
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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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Embodied Carbon
EPD Database
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A new database to provide carbon data for common timber products, allowing specifiers to make more informed decisions. To achieve national and international targets to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, we need to measure, understand, and significantly reduce the embodied carbon within the buildings and infrastructure we construct....
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