At the beginning of this year, the Government set out their response to the Future Homes Standard consultation. While it was positive that the new Future Homes Standard aims to ensure that all new homes built from 2025 will produce 75-80% less carbon emissions than homes delivered under current regulations – we are demanding more action.
The main problem with these Government consultations is that they always look to solve the problems in the future. The problem exists now, and we in the timber industry know it can be solved now. This is why we are calling for a ‘Net Zero Now’ approach – there is no need to wait another decade.
Today as we respond to the second part of the consultation, on the Future Buildings Standard, we will reply in largely the same manner; to call for the inclusion of embodied carbon, a ‘fabric first’ approach to building regulations, and far quicker action from the Government to deal with the climate emergency. For those entering in their own response, an open space is left in Question 9 to ram these points forward.
For the rest of the consultation, LETI have produced a handy ‘How to Guide’ along with example answers for both short and detailed responses. We encourage interested members to follow their advice to in just 10-15 minutes help push for an acceleration of the transition to lower carbon buildings. You can find out more and download their full guidance here – https://www.leti.london/part-l.
The core principles advocated by LETI should be shared by all in the timber industry, as they primarily rest on the objective to make regulation more inclusive, wider, and tipped towards low carbon buildings and building products. Timber products have the lowest embodied carbon of any mainstream building material, and due to sequestration, every cubic metre of timber used in construction has absorbed 0.9 tonnes of CO2 which will be stored for the lifetime of the product.
Wishing all a great week.
TTF Q&A Clinic – Monday 26 April
As our last TTF Q&A Clinic was a success and we have received numerous questions from our members on a variety of issues after our last session, we have decided to host another Clinic this month. The topics can be on anything related to any area of your company’s operations, whether it is plant health, UKTR due diligence, or timber treatment. Click the link to register. This is only for TTF members.
Read the latest Good Wood Business magazine
The latest edition of Good Wood Business magazine is now available to read. This edition features trade stories from our members, including MEDITE SMARTPLY, Hanson Plywood, and many more.
As well as a special feature on timber treatments and advice for merchants to provide accurate technical information as part of the upcoming Code for Construction Products Information.
Coniferous quota balance
The current balance is 39,493.695m3, or 24% available to declare, this is in line with other years. Click the link to see the full graph.
L&SETTA educates future specifiers through project-based learning
Industry support for the design and phased build of a covered educational space takes hands-on learning to students and lectures in London, writes University Engagement Manager, Tabitha Binding.
NETTA challenges student and professionals to design de-carbonised homes
A four-month online interdisciplinary competition challenges ‘Built Environment’ students and 2020 graduates from UK universities to design carbon neutral communities fit for our future, and homes constructed from timber or hybrid systems that increase the health and wellbeing of people, the community, and our planet, writes University Engagement Manager, Tabitha Binding.
Belarussia: Country profile
Last week celebrated the Week of Forest in Belarus, and management from TTF Member Company EVA Timber Group has taken part by planting some 1000 trees. “We closely work with a large number of Belarusian sawmills representing them in the UK softwood market, so taking a part in planting trees is the least we can do as a responsible timber supplier” says Alex Padhaiski, Director at EVA Timber Group and Vice-Chairman at LSETTA.
ONS Monthly Construction Update
The Office for National Statistics published a provisional estimate of construction output for February 2021. Construction output grew by 1.6% in the month-on-month all work series in February 2021, because of a 1.5% increase in new work and 1.9% increase in repair and maintenance; this was the highest monthly growth in all work since September 2020 when it grew by 1.8%.
Structural Timber Awards entry forms are now live
With large construction projects and face-to-face events having a tough 12 months – now more than ever is the time to shout about your company’s achievements, making events such as the Structural Timber Awards more pivotal than ever. The Structural Timber Awards is the ideal opportunity for construction professionals to maximise industry exposure by demonstrating what separates them from their competitors. Get the recognition your company deserves by entering the Structural Timber Awards.
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