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Woodknowledge Wales

September 2019 Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>,

We were delighted to launch our Zero Carbon Homes report with Housing Minister Rebecca Evans AM at WoodBUILD 2019, and then with the Environment Minister, Lesley Griffiths AM, at the Royal Welsh Show. The radical recommendations for action in the report have been well received and we’re now working closely with Welsh Government to turn these words into deeds. Which will mean zero-carbon high performance homes manufactured in Wales and underpinned by the radical expansion of Welsh forestry. For me, this is a practical and deliverable response to the climate emergency declaration.
But what does zero carbon really mean? Getting to grips with the language of carbon is essential to winning hearts and minds. For our part, Woodknowledge Wales are undertaking whole life carbon assessments on a number of projects supported through the Innovative Housing Programme. That means understanding and measuring both operational carbon emissions as well as embodied carbon emissions (in the materials and processes used to create the building). To learn about the importance of embodied carbon reduction we strongly recommend attending the ASBP event in Bristol on 24th October. We will be there.
Below you will find updates from the Home-Grown Homes Project along with other sector news.
Finally, I’d like to welcome Pobl as our most recent new member. Earlier this month, I was very privileged to be invited to join the Pobl team at their inspiring sustainability summit. It was clear to me that Pobl are very serious about rising to the zero-carbon challenge. Woodknowledge Wales will do our bit to help Pobl and other member companies find solutions.

Gary Newman
Chief Executive, Woodknowledge Wales Ltd


Just How Much Carbon Are Your Buildings Responsible For?

Woodknowledge Wales will be attending this event in Bristol to explore ‘whole life carbon’ (WLC) approaches to construction and discuss the latest tools, policy developments, methodologies and guidance available to enable accurate WLC assessments. More information here.

Wood in Construction in the UK: An Analysis of Carbon Abatement Potential

This report on the greenhouse gas abatement potential of increasing the use of timber in construction in the UK, was led by the BioComposites Centre at Bangor University and was use to inform the Committee on Climate Change’s 2018 report on the role of biomass in a low-carbon economy. Read more here.

Cartrefi Di-Garbon   

Comisiynwyd Woodknowledge Wales gan Lywodraeth Cymru I baratoi strategaeth ar gyfer integreiddio cadwyn gyflenwi diwydiannau coedwig Cymru ag adeiladu â phren oddi ar y safle.
Darllenwch yr adroddiad llawn yma.

Zero Carbon Homes 

Welsh Government commissioned Woodknowledge Wales to prepare a strategy for the integration of the Welsh forest industries supply chain with offsite timber construction.
Read the full report here.

Home-Grown Homes Project Update

Background Project Information Here

Latest Home-Grown Homes project updates from David Hedges.

The summer season may be closing but it’s been a busy time for the project with progress on a number of fronts including starting to support projects with Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) at construction and post-construction.  Updates here.

Turning 'reject' Welsh larch into quality windows

A lot of UK softwood is currently being used in low value products. However much of it could be converted into high quality joinery grade timber. Read how here.



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