News Timber Can Help Solve Housing Crisis Says Latest Wood Good Campaign

A new campaign by Wood for Good intends to make the case for how timber construction can help to solve the housing crisis.

As part of the campaign, architect and author Peter Wilson has been commissioned to produce an illustrated book – The Modern Timber House. The backbone of the campaign will be a series of conference over the course of the summer.

Timber can address the need to deliver a major increase in new, quality housing through fast build times and offsite fabrication methods, according to Wood for Good, the industry communications body.

The campaign aims to highlight this and focus on the “significant environmental benefits” that come with using the material in construction – with wood acting as a carbon-storage mechanism and delivering low-energy buildings.

“This series of events is designed to inspire and inform current and future generations of architects, builders and householders,” said Craig White, Wood for Good’s chairman. “Timber construction is changing the face of modern building for the better.

“Wood for Good has been at the forefront of this agenda for many years, promoting timber’s versatility in meeting the most challenging design specifications as well as its environmental capabilities that could build a truly sustainable legacy.”

The campaign will begin with a national series of conferences:

Tuesday, May 3: The Innovative Timber House, Royal College Surgeons, Edinburgh.

Tuesday, May 24: The Prefabricated Timber House, Sheffield Hallam University.

Tuesday, June 14: The Self-Build / Custom Build House, Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol

Tuesday, June 28: The Solid Timber House, High Commission Canada, London.

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These will supplement the organisation’s 14 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events on timber construction in partnership with RIBA and Exova (formerly known as BM TRADA), which will look at how to specify timber systems and how they can best be used to meet the demands of modern housebuilding.

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