Design excellence and innovation

Design excellence and innovation

We are sharing behind-the-scenes stories of the very best timber buildings in the UK.

Bryony Bodimeade
Editorial Manager

We are building a community of practice for sharing knowledge of timber design and construction. To make this happen, we are sharing behind-the-scenes case studies and webinars with the multidisciplinary teams from the best buildings in the UK.


Our case study library features more than 160 exemplary timber buildings in the UK, covering a wide range of timber building systems and typologies – from the multi-story, mass timber, and commercial, through to the innovative, small, and residential.

Working directly with the award winning teams from these projects, we tell the story of what it takes for an innovative building to be created in the UK. This often involves conversations with the client, engineers, architects, contractors and more.

Every month we add more case studies to our library, selecting buildings with a unique, teachable story to tell about the use of timber in construction. This might be on a technical level, or one which reflects broader social values and outcomes. These case studies also now feature crucial data on the performance of these buildings, including:

  • Upfront Embodied Carbon (A1-A5) in kgCO2e/m2. This encompasses all emissions associated with the materials and construction processes of a building or structure, from cradle to practical completion.
  • Stored Biogenic Carbon in kgCO2/m2. Timber sourced from a sustainably managed forest will have sequestered biogenic carbon. This is the carbon dioxide absorbed and stored in the product.
  • Operational Energy (B6) in kWh/m2.yr. The average annual energy consumption of a building, otherwise known as Energy Use Intensity (EUI). It is a good indicator for building performance.
  • Airtightness at 50pa in m3/hr/m2. Air permeability testing is a mandatory requirement under Building Regulations Part L. It is essential for understanding the thermal efficiency of a building.
  • Overall area-weighted U-Value in W/m2k. Thermal transmittance (a U-value) is a measure of the rate of heat transfer, here taken as the overall transfer of heat from the inside to the outside of a building.

This is supplemented with our designTimber series, our free webinar series which gives a platform for all of those behind the building to discuss how their project came together, what made it succesful, the challenges they faced and how they were overcome.

The designTimber series is unparalleled in the UK, focusing on every aspect of a buildings construction and giving direct access for our community – from the seasoned professional to those just starting out – to interact with and questions of industry leaders.

Our role in showcasing these buildings and providing a platform for these leaders is supplemented by our role as the chief organiser of the Wood Awards – the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in wood – which we are bringing to the forefront of construction in the UK.

Since taking on the role we have introduced performance data on buildings into entries, an annual exhibition at London Design Festival in partnership with Material Matters together with American Hardwoods and Carpenters’ Company, and launched a new website to showcase winners.

For more information on our work promoting design excellence and innovation, please do get in touch.

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