12.00 – 13.00 BST, Zoom Webinar
Climate change, net-zero carbon, sustainability & the circular economy: The reasons why mass timber has a role to play in building conservation
National and international targets aimed at addressing the climate emergency have differing levels of urgency: 2030, 2045 and 2050, depending on which organisation or government policy you choose to respond to. The global building industry has a huge role to play in meeting these targets. But it is not all about delivering these in new construction alone: preservation, restoration, renewal and adaptive re-use all form a significant proportion of ongoing works to the existing built environment. Nor is it simply about achieving better thermal standards and reducing fossil fuel use. The role of renewable materials – and timber is the primary one in construction – needs not only to be evaluated by the conservation sector, but put into practice where appropriate using the advanced timber technologies now available.
Peter Wilson is an architect and director of Timber Design Initiatives Ltd and founder of the Mass Timber Academy. His work has focused on the use of solid laminate timber systems in architecture, engineering and construction for almost 20 years. He is the author of numerous books, articles and journal papers on timber design and construction.