Inspiring innovation through collaboration
A thriving forest based economy is an essential cornerstone of a sustainable society. The forestry sector provides a valuable low carbon resource for industry and rewarding employment for many thousands of people. Well managed woodlands contribute to climate change mitigation, flood prevention, soil health, clean air, biodiversity and enable many forms of recreation beneficial for our health and well-being.
Making best use of homegrown timber, using more wood from sustainably managed forests and growing more trees is good for our economy, our environment and our people.
We are a not-for-profit, for public good organisation championing the collaborative development of forest-based industries for increased prosperity and wellbeing in Wales.
We deliver our mission through a number of projects that bring together stakeholders at different levels of industry and society. Our projects combine applied research, innovation in product design, manufacture, systems or services, policy and stakeholder engagement across housing and construction, based on the forest economy. Find out more about our current flagship projects. Get in touch if you have a project idea you would like to pitch to us.
How could a timber supply chain based on local forestry products support the delivery of low carbon social housing in Wales and create better jobs closer to home? Find out more on the ▸▸ Home-Grown Homes Project page.
What if a group of independent joiners could produce a Welsh timber window that meets all requirements for the social housing sector in Wales? Find out more on the ▸▸ Welsh Timber Windows Project page.
Exemplar timber housing projects in Wales
Explore information on construction, innovative products, use of home-grown timber and Welsh manufacturing, carbon impact and building performance in innovative timber housing projects across Wales.
This map showcases the exemplar timber housing projects Woodknowledge Wales has worked on in some way over the past few years. The Exemplar Housing Project layer contains basic project information. The Whole Life Carbon layer contains data on the carbon impact of those projects for which we have undertaken analyses. The Building Performance layer contains projects where we have undertaken some experimentation into different building performance methods. The Forest Nation Attribute layer attempts to capture the timber story such as the use of innovative products, the use of home-grown timber and the use of Welsh manufacturing.
This map represents our progress to date. We will continue to record the progress of our timber development agenda as well as the progress of Welsh housing in meeting the challenge of Net Zero whole Life carbon over the coming years.
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Our activities are focused upon market development, capacity building, technical support and skills provision within the forestry, manufacturing and housing sector. Our members and supporters come from all levels of the housing and construction supply chain. Together we engage in collaborative innovation and achieve cross-sector change. Guided by our network of members, supporters and delivery partners, Woodknowledge Wales is driving the agenda to expand forestry and wood using industries in Wales for the benefit of society and the planet.
A series of 60-minute conversations on themes across Forestry, Manufacturing, Housing and the Foundational Economy. Each podcast features two individuals with a passion for the subject matter and a willingness to share their thinking.
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