Natural Materials Masterclass: UK Timber!

An evening with natural material experts – join ACAN to learn from designers & manufacturers on specifying, growing, and using UK timber!

Hosted by the ACAN Natural Materials group

Are you keen to specify natural materials but aren’t sure where to start? Do you already work with natural materials and are looking to expand your knowledge? Join us at the monthly Natural Materials events series to learn the crucial role natural materials play in a positive future for our planet – and how to use them on your projects.


We’re excited to be back for our next material masterclass on specifying, growing, and using UK timber! Kicking off at 7pm on Monday 7th November 2022.

We’ll be joined by expert speakers:

🌿 Tab Binding – Timber Development UK

TDUK provides information and support on all things timber! From seed to saw, from forest to furniture, from product to post occupancy evaluation. Tab leads on education and engagement with a focus on future professionals across the UK who are studying any built environment subject – by encouraging, enthusing and educating on how to use timber wisely and effectively.

🌿 Kath Giles – Evolving Forests

Currently studying MSc Green Building at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Kath has over 10 years’ experience in sustainability and a background in horticulture having studied at Schumacher College.

🌿 Tom Barnes – Vastern Timber

Vastern Timber manufactures oak beams, timber cladding and hardwood flooring. Vastern specialise in British grown timbers, including English oak, sweet chestnut, ash, sycamore and larch. Vastern Timber is the largest hardwood saw-milling company in the UK. It’s Vastern’s mission to encourage more use of British timber. In 2016, Vastern launched Brimstone, an innovative range of thermally modified British timber, that offers a sustainable and economical alternative to imported hardwoods.

🌿 Matt Stevenson – Ecosystems Technologies

Ecosystems Technologies Limited is an innovative PropTech company, led by experienced sector professionals and dedicated to digital transformation in the construction industry, applied innovation in timber technology and the democratisation of sustainable, healthy building solutions. Founder Matt Stevenson is a recognised industry leader in digital construction technology and low carbon building designs, having previously founded and developed early industry pioneer Carbon Dynamic.

🌿 Neil Sutherland – MAKAR

MAKAR Ltd is an architect-led design, manufacture and construction company, established in 2002. MAKAR exist to design and deliver healthy, comfortable, beautiful and low-energy homes. MAKAR only use environmentally friendly building materials, including Scottish-grown timber. MAKAR use innovative off-site construction methods, which, given the significant and tangible environmental benefits, and are now widely recognised as the future of new housing.

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    Join ACAN to learn from designers & manufacturers on specifying, growing, and using UK timber.

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