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Woodknowledge Wales

January 2020 Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to our January 2020 newsletter. The start of a new decade. I have little doubt it will be a very significant one in the story of Welsh forestry and zero-carbon housing - two clear and obvious solutions to the climate emergency. One example of this is the Clwyd Alyn housing project, where we are starting to get very exciting results
The Home-Grown Homes Project is gathering momentum. See below for a full report of activities. We have commissioned industry leading consultants to develop industry guidance on embodied carbon assessment and  building performance techniques. Their purpose is to support the adoption of measurement and monitoring techniques in social housing. We will be running small stakeholder workshops in May. Spaces are very limited, but if you’d like to take part please email me.
Our Welsh Timber Reserve project is now complete. The final report is imminent, but the highlight is that we are now exploring forestry projects with a number of housing associations and local authorities. Which all supports our desire, not just to see forest expansion but to increase the number of organisations with an economic interest in Welsh forestry.
WoodBUILD 2020 will be in Cardiff on the 18th June so please save the date. Once again we are appreciative of the support from Welsh Government. If you would like to become a corporate sponsor then please contact us for details of the sponsorship packages available.
Finally, a warm welcome to new member Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales.


Gary Newman
Chief Executive, Woodknowledge Wales Ltd


Timber based social housing project surpasses RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge targets 

A Clwyd Alyn social housing project in Llanbedr near Ruthin constructed by Williams Homes surpasses the embodied carbon target set down by RIBA in their 2030 Climate Challenge campaign. Read more here.

Making better homes happen with Welsh timber - follow-up from the Big Debate.

As part of The BIG Debate at WoodBUILD 2019, difficulties around producing timber homes using wood sourced from Welsh forests were widely discussed. Housing manufacturers pledged to continue driving the agenda for Welsh timber. We caught up with them over availability, sizing, design requirements and pricing issues, and how to solve present market barriers. Read more here.

Home-Grown Homes Project Updates

Background Project Information Here

Standardisation the way forward for supply chain development in Wales? 

Standardisation identified as a solution to delivering higher performance, lower costs and less risk in developing timber housing solutions. Find out more about this and updates from the last two months in the project updates here.

Standard window specification for social housing sector - a step closer? 

Strong support was given to options around standardised window designs for new buildings and retrofit. This was one of the key results from our workshop held in December. Read more here.


WoodFest - Cardiff 

Wood for Good are using Cardiff as their focus for this year's WoodFest. Look out for events, site visits, factory tours, talks and exhibitions featuring wood in design and construction. Visit the WoodFest - Cardiff page for updates here.

WoodBUILD 2020

Date for your diary. Thursday 18 June 2020. WoodBUILD will be in Cardiff. We have space available for trade stands - these will be offered first to WKW members. Contact Ceri Loxton for more details.

Mass Timber Academy

A series of events through 2020 to support architects and engineers in the rapidly-evolving sector of mass timber construction. The combination of climate change, energy challenges and increasing demands for circular economy building solutions has placed new emphasis on renewable material solutions in construction - the Mass Timber Academy will address those challenges.  Read more here.



Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales 

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