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Unlocking the full potential of offsite manufactured timber housing in Wales: The Challenge of timber price volatility

Unlocking the full potential of offsite manufactured timber housing in Wales: The Challenge of timber price volatility

Unprecedented price volatility of timber is constraining the development of the timber frame manufacturing sector. This threatens the delivery of Welsh Government’s affordable housing, MMC and zero carbon strategies. The purpose of this paper is to highlight issues of concern and offer first ideas to develop potential solutions. DOWNLOAD BRIEFING ...
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Wood Fibre Insulation - Specification Guidance

Wood Fibre Insulation – Specification Guidance

A building’s thermal performance is now as important an aspect of the building’s design and construction as its structure. Energy prices and climate change are often cited as the principal reasons for the increased energy and CO2 reduction standards required of our built environment. Less known is the fact that ...
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Zero Carbon Homes—Zero Carbon Timber Solutions for Wales

Zero Carbon Homes—Zero Carbon Timber Solutions for Wales

What is the zero carbon timber housing solution for Wales? This document proposes a range of timber build solutions. Results are based on the analysis of an appropriate and future proofed definition for ‘zero carbon’, followed by design and calculation to develop an understanding of the quantifiable factors of embodied ...
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5 Essential Strategies for an Emerging Forest Nation

5 Essential Strategies for an Emerging Forest Nation

Wales is not a forest nation. Wales is a sheep, beef and dairy nation. Wales is a steel nation. Like many nations, Wales is the economic country it is, not by political design but largely because of historical accident. And there has never been a better time or more reason ...
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The role of our own conifer forests for building a sustainable society in Wales

The role of our own conifer forests for building a sustainable society in Wales

Despite wide recognition of their value, plantation forests are critically misunderstood and undervalued in Wales. Plantation forests comprise around 7% of the planet’s forest area whilst sustainably supplying over 50% of industrial roundwood. This report looks at myths and tropes around home-grown timber and considers research results from wood science ...
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