Embodied Carbon

The ‘Forest Pump’ – how timber works wonders for carbon storage and substitution
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In an extract from his new book, Timber! How Wood Can Save the World from Climate Breakdown, former Labour MEP Paul Brannen explains why timber really is a wonder material when it comes to carbon storage and substitution - and why cutting down trees can be a good thing when...
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Kevin McCloud speaking at Architects Declare's launch of the Building Blocks manifesto
The Building Blocks manifesto – turning climate catastrophe into climate opportunity
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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”,...
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Garden Room
So much more than just a Garden Room
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There’s more to the Garden Room, at Cwm Barn, than its name suggests. Arbor Architects designed an elegant, timber-framed annexe with Japanese influences. It's a space to get away from the house - the perfect complement to a family home in rural Peterchurch, near Hereford. The clients wanted a flexible...
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Embodied carbon data released for more than 95% of timber consumed in UK
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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...
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Demountable timber housing
Demountable timber housing for 370 refugees – using no concrete at all
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A building that had to be erected quickly and which could also be taken down within ten years: these were the criteria for the Rigot Collective Dwelling Centre, a two-building complex providing housing for 370 refugees in Rigot Park in Geneva, Switzerland. The client was Hospice Général - the main...
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cover of Timber Policy document
Timber Policy
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Countries across the world are embracing timber construction - and encouraging it in their national and regional policies. What can the UK learn from them? Read the inspiring case studies in this document to find out.
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Embodied Carbon
2024 Embodied Carbon Data for Timber Products
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Although timber is classed as a low embodied carbon construction material, different timber products will have different embodied carbon values depending on the energy inputs during processing and transportation.
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Timber and Embodied Carbon
Timber and Embodied Carbon
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Utilising sustainably sourced timber can help to reduce the embodied carbon emissions in buildings while also storing CO2e out of the atmosphere.
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Measuring Carbon - Illustration
Calculating the performance of your building project
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If the built environment is to achieve its net zero carbon goals, it is essential we calculate performance in the same rigorous way across all building projects. We want the industry to be able to make meaningful comparisons and be able to learn from each other. To make this happen,...
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Why we must make the most of our timber
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The built environment has seen a significant shift towards a future where we work to minimise the impact of the construction industry on the natural world. This move from an "exploitative past of refining materials" to a future where we "cultivate our materials in collaboration with nature" was the focus...
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