Wood is one of the only truly renewable building materials. By building with sustainable timber, we help to grow global forests and combat climate change.

Increasing the use of sustainable timber is essential for lowering carbon emissions. This is because timber absorbs and stores carbon dioxide – up to one tonne per cubic metre – and can displace carbon intensive alternatives.

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Featured resources

Timber Typologies – Understanding Options for Timber Construction

If timber is to realise its potential, we must know what we mean when we say timber.

Net Zero Roadmap

The Net-Zero Roadmap project wants to establish a clear route to net-zero by 2050 for the industry. The roadmap highlights the key areas where the timber industry can make a difference.

Assessing the Carbon-Related Impacts and Benefits of Timber in Construction

This paper explains how to account for carbon in timber buildings and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) by rigorously applying the latest European Standards and the RICS Professional Statement on Whole Life Carbon Assessment in the built environment.

Life-cycle costing

Understand the importance of life-cycle costing and how it can benefit a construction in the long run and how to calculate those life-cycle costs.

Case studies

Overlooking the Coquet estuary in Northumberland, this bespoke timber-built Certified Passivhaus has been carefully designed by MawsonKerr Architects to be kind to the environment, low cost to run and comfortable to live in.

Konishi Gaffney Architects’ refurbishment and extension of Greyfriars Charteris Centre in Edinburgh has transformed the underused former church and administrative building into a thriving community hub, providing flexible work and events spaces and a nondenominational sanctuary.