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Woodknowledge Wales

November 2019 Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>,

On trees, the good news is that the need for a radical tree planting strategy is firmly on the agenda of all political parties. With that in mind, our Zero Carbon Homes report was sent to all political parties in Wales. We also had a very productive meeting with Dominic Driver, the new Head of Land Stewardship at NRW - leaving us with much optimism that we will soon see a lot more trees planted in Wales.
On housing, we’re really pleased to be supporting the Good Homes Alliance in launching their pioneering Vanguard Campaign in Wales. The purpose of the Vanguard Campaign is to share practitioner learning and best practice in delivering zero carbon homes in social and private housing. I will be talking about our work on measuring as-built performance and whole-life carbon in some of the Home-Grown Homes exemplar projects. I hope to see you there – at the Design Commission for Wales on the 5th December.
The work of Woodknowledge Wales and our members, in seeking the transformation of Wales into a high-value forest nation, is gaining huge traction. It’s a very exciting time to be involved in forestry and timber construction. Please review the updates below to discover more about what’s been going on.
Finally, we are looking forward to working with our latest new member United Welsh, to help them deliver zero carbon timber homes from the Welsh supply chain.

Gary Newman
Chief Executive, Woodknowledge Wales Ltd


Sarah Laing Gibbens discusses setting the standards for social housing in Wales

Work is well underway to simplify the existing standard for affordable homes, with a particular focus on enhancing space standards within a completely rationalised and re worded new version of DQR. Quite simply, size matters. Read more here.

Integrated Approach across all Welsh Government Departments 

This was one of our recommendations to the Welsh government consultation on "Sustainable Farming and Our Land". Read our full response here.

Home-Grown Homes Project Updates

Background Project Information Here

Recent learnings: sawmill potential, BPE and whole-life carbon

The Project continues to make progress, since updates in September. Building performance evaluation and whole life carbon measurement techniques are being applied to exemplar projects.  Updates here.

Saw-Dry-Rip a technique for smaller Welsh sawmills? 

Recent visits, to a number of sawmills across Wales, brought to light the issue of large diameter ‘oversized’ softwood saw logs which can end up being chipped for fire wood.  Here we look at alternative options for those logs that could provide high quality joinery timber. Read more here.


Vanguard Campaign Event

The aim of the Good Homes Alliance Vanguard Campaign is to encourage and support local authorities, housing associations and developers to adopt enhanced sustainability standards for new homes and to help them respond to Climate Emergency declarations. Read more here.

Workshop for Welsh Window Manufacturers - 10 December

A workshop on how to supply social housing with Welsh manufactured timber windows. Please get in touch if you would like more information. This event is sponsored by Remmers, The Wood Window Alliance, and British Woodworking Federation

WoodBUILD 2020

Date for your diary. Thursday 18 June 2020. WoodBUILD will be in Cardiff. Sponsorship, exhibitor and delegate packages available. Look out for updates or get in touch to register your interest.



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