Low Carbon

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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Lowering the timber sector’s carbon footprint
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Following the publication of the TDUK Net Zero Roadmap, TDUK members are working hard to reduce their carbon emissions and make their companies more sustainable. TDUK reports on some of the latest changes. The industry has long talked about the need for more sustainable construction, and why it's so important...
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Embodied Carbon
Research Summary Proves Timber Is The Lowest Carbon Option
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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,...
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The BEIS Net Zero Review
Painting a Picture of the future for Timber
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With low-carbon construction now a global issue, policy makers around the world are looking to encourage more timber construction. TDUK looks at how the UK is shaping up, and what needs to be done to affect real change. Timber bodies across the UK have been hard at work promoting the...
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Sustainable Timber Use
Sustainable Timber Use
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The need to preserve natural resources for future generations has led to increasing interest in the use of timber as a building material. Timber is sustainable due to its inherent properties and characteristics, including its ability to absorb and store carbon for extended periods of time.
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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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Larch Corner, a record-breaking timber frame Passivhaus
Larch Corner
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One of the most airtight buildings in the world, Larch Corner is almost entirely timber-based above its slab. That includes the insulation and cladding: it's a cosy Passivhaus that truly is a forever home for the client and his family.
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‘Making buildings sing’ – a panel on timber retrofit and reuse
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After three days displaying the Wood Awards shortlist exhibition at gallery@Oxo on the Southbank, TDUK hosted a live talk as part of the Material Matters programme of sessions exploring material intelligence with architects and designers. Responding to Material Matter’s overarching concern with the reuse of waste materials and the sustainable...
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Godwit House
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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.
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net zero carbon homes
The Crown Estate launches demonstration projects to trial net zero carbon homes
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The Crown Estate is launching two pilot housing projects to test different approaches to building net zero homes. The projects have been identified to explore the opportunities and challenges of delivering industry-leading net zero housing developments. Both will draw on best practice in sustainable design and construction and encourage innovation...
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