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Wood in Construction: Promoting the use of Timber in Building Design In and Around The National Forest

Wednesday, 2nd March 2011

Making Woods Work, a project working on behalf of the National Forest Company, will hold a Wood in Construction seminar at the National Brewery Centre, Burton upon Trent, on Tuesday 29 March.

Timber has the lowest energy consumption of any commonly used building material, and the seminar will promote the use of timber in building design. The event is intended for planners, designers, architects, developers and others who work in construction and the design of buildings.

The seminar will highlight how the growing woodlands of The National Forest can produce a significant quantity of timber in the coming decades, which can be harvested and replanted sustainably, and the importance of developing viable markets for the timber. The event will focus on the use of timber in the construction of a wide range of buildings, including domestic, commercial and public.

The role of timber in reducing the carbon footprint of the construction industry will be considered and the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) will deliver talks on innovative building design and external timber cladding. The day will include a tour of exemplar buildings within The National Forest.

Ben Scotting, project manager for Making Woods Work, said: ‘Although the UK traditionally uses less wood in construction than many other European countries, the sustainable nature of timber as a construction material has led to a significant increase in its use and recent years have seen many examples of outstanding new buildings in the UK being built either in whole or part from timber. Here in The National Forest we have the new Youth Hostel at Moira and the business units at Rosliston Forestry Centre.’

He continued: ‘Encouraging the use of wood as a component of sound, aesthetic and low carbon design, and recognising that long term management and sustainable harvesting are essential to achieve that aim, is a key element in the future success of The National Forest.  This seminar will help to demonstrate that economically useful woods will produce local markets for local timber.’ 

 For more information contact Ben or Erica on 01765 609355 or email