Wales has the potential to become a high value forest nation. Creating high-performance affordable new homes from Welsh timber supply chains could help solve the housing crisis, create more and better jobs closer to home, enhance community resilience and mitigate climate change.
The project was launched to look at a range of options for change through the timber construction supply chain from forest to home. Its aim was to improve the business case for timber construction in a way that maximises economic, environmental and social value to Wales. To achieve this it embraced a unique all-Wales collaboration between providers of affordable housing and the Welsh forest industries sector.
Duration: April 2018 – December 2020
Housing, timber manufacturing and forestry are distinct areas of activity. This project is an exploration of how these three overlapping areas of our economy and society can be drawn into more purposeful alignment. The following methods were employed.
Applied research to understand the dynamics of the current supply chain and the timber construction industry to help identify potential interventions and how these interventions might be applied to maximum benefit. Methods included desk-based investigation (e.g. academic literature, market data, industry websites), structured engagement with the supply chain (e.g. face to face interviews) and consultation with external experts.
Knowledge exchange to inform the development of supply chain interventions and to encourage clients and the timber industry to engage pro-actively in the foundational economic development and low carbon agenda. Methods included workshops, conferences, supply chain meetings and site visits with project updates provided through, e-newsletters, social media and the project website. By linking clients with the supply chain, we have been able to support learning, dispel myths and better understand the issues that are restricting or preventing the further uptake of wood-based solutions by the social housing sector in Wales.
Strategic engagement with social housing projects under development to identify barriers to the development of the timber supply chain and to test out the effectiveness of interventions to overcome these barriers at the design, construction and post completion phase of projects. The knowledge gained has provided crucial information to support the delivery of high-performance low-carbon social homes using timber.
Project Management, exemplar projects, zero carbon building solutions, training programme, events and communication (work packages 1, 2, 6, 7).
Robin Aldridge, Dainis Dauksta, Martin Davies, Eilidh Forster, David Hedges, Christiane Lellig, Ceri Loxton, James Moxey, Gary Newman, Francesco Zaccaro
Building performance measurement (work package 3).
Carolyn Hayles, George Karani, John Littlewood, Diana Waldron, Tony Whyman
Julie Godefroy, Julie Godefroy Sustainability; Susie Diamond, Inkling; Jane Anderson, ConstructionLCA; Katherine Adams, Simon Corbey, ASBP; Julian Brooks, Good Homes Alliance; Prof. Fionn Stevenson, Sheffield University; Rajat Gupta, Oxford Brookes University; Richard Jack, Luke Smith, Build Test Solutions; Zachary Gill, Soap Retrofit; Bruce Arnold, Ray Faulkner, iRed; Miles Thomas, Hazelvale; Robert Thomas, Hiraeth Architecture (formerly R+M Studios); Beth Williams, Build Collective; Kasper Maciej, Toby Cambray, Greengauge; Peter Wilson, Timber Design Initiatives.
Governance and Funding
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Embodied Carbon Guidance for Welsh Social Housing Developers, their design teams, contractors and suppliers
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