Celebrating women in timber

TDUK’s Head of Education and Engagement Tabitha Binding has been recognised in Timber Trade Journal‘s 150th anniversary issue as one of the ‘Women in Timber’.

Tabitha told TTJ: “I joined the Timber Trade Federation in November 2019 having previously worked at TRADA from January 2018 to lead on university engagement. When the two organisations merged in 2022, becoming Timber Development UK (TDUK), I became head of education and engagement. We have a strategic partnership with NMITE in Hereford where I am lead for external engagement and partnerships.

“If we are to build anything new, then it should be lean timber construction that lasts longer in use than it took to grow. The building should be able to be disassembled and the timber components be reused – multiple times. The building should be to a Passivhaus Plus standard, producing more energy than it consumes. It should be certified so that we know what it has been built from, and how, and that it will perform.

“I’ve now been in the industry almost 40 years, starting out with coppicing and first and second thinning’s, sawmilling and manufacturing before working on supply-chains for Welsh timber, volumetric offsite construction, strength grading, modification of timber, certification of new products, building performance and post occupancy evaluation, retrofit and housing policy.

“This accumulated first-hand knowledge enables me to engage with the students, lecturers, professionals and the whole supply chain, encouraging collaborative, cross-disciplinary and cross-sector working. If we understand and use timber better, it will bring multiple benefits from forest to finished products.

“The timber sector is coming of age as we decarbonise construction. Most of us need to gain knowledge on why, when, and how to build or retrofit with timber.

“If you want to learn to use timber wisely and well why not join us on one of our Timber TED courses which are designed to upskill and create a collaborative knowledgeable network.”

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