Carbon

Cover of InFutuReWood research summary
InFutuReWood: use and reuse of wood building components
||
A promising use for secondary timber is in secondary engineered wood products (EWPs) like cross laminated secondary timber (CLST) or glue laminated secondary timber (GLST). These products offer enhanced structural performance, and also allow the combination of new timber and secondary timber to balance out potential uncertainty or lower mechanical...
continue reading
Kevin McCloud speaking at Architects Declare's launch of the Building Blocks manifesto
The Building Blocks manifesto – turning climate catastrophe into climate opportunity
||
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said he expects to go to the polls "in the second half" of 2024: this will be an election year for the UK. The Building Blocks manifesto should be required reading for all political parties. A self-described “call to action for the next UK government”,...
continue reading
Embodied carbon data released for more than 95% of timber consumed in UK
||
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...
continue reading
whole life carbon
What is a Whole Life Carbon Assessment?
||,
Do you understand Whole Life Carbon Assessments? This article, adapted from one of our new Timber Knowledge Sheets, introduces the basics of  WLCAs Incorporating low embodied carbon materials, such as timber, into a building’s design can make a significant contribution to the reduction of embodied carbon in the built environment....
continue reading
Embodied Carbon
Research Summary Proves Timber Is The Lowest Carbon Option
||,
Timber structural frames have lower embodied carbon than their equivalents in steel or concrete. That is one of several findings in the research paper Whole-life embodied carbon in multi-storey buildings: steel, concrete and timber structures. Perhaps you already knew that was the case. But this research -  by Jim Hart,...
continue reading
Timber in construction roadmap
UK Government Sets Out Timber Expansion Plan
||
The UK Government has given its clearest signal yet that it’s serious about decarbonising construction as it laid out its Timber in Construction Roadmap on Monday. The Timber in Construction Roadmap is a policy document that outlines how the UK Government intends to expand the safe use of timber in...
continue reading
Carbon Cycle and Storage
Carbon Cycle and Storage
||,
The carbon cycle is essential for life on Earth: through processes like photosynthesis, respiration, and fossilisation, carbon is stored in organic matter, fossils, and the atmosphere.
continue reading
Scotts Timber Engineering awarded Carbon Footprint certification
||,
Scotts Timber Engineering has been awarded a Carbon Footprint certification from Go Climate Positive, a provider of carbon management and offsetting services. To date, Scotts is the only timber engineering business to receive a Go Climate Positive certification. This shows that Scotts is currently producing a third less carbon per...
continue reading
embodied carbon
Whole-life embodied carbon in multistorey buildings: steel, concrete and timber structures
||
According to this analysis, choosing engineered timber for structural frames in preference to concrete or steel is a straightforward way of reducing the whole life embodied carbon of the frame.
continue reading
A Passivhaus haven of timber tranquility
||,
A timber-framed Passivhaus in Warwickshire, Larch Corner boasts some truly impressive credentials. Mark Siddall, of architecture practice LEAP, took on a challenging project and delivered an extraordinarily efficient building. It is 195 times more airtight than 2023 UK building regulations require. It is also a haven of timber-based tranquillity –...
continue reading