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Woodknowledge Wales

June 2020 Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to our June 2020 newsletter. 
In this newsletter you will find: As always, do please contact us if you'd like to get involved in any of our activities.

Finally, I would like to extend a warm welcome to new member Ashdown Construction Group

Gary Newman
Chief Executive, Woodknowledge Wales Ltd


Building with wood in a climate emergency.

Published in the TRADA Timber 2020 Industry Year Book, this article written by Gary Newman explores some of the drivers and barriers to building with wood. Read highlights from the full report here.

What does Foundational Economy mean for our members? 

The Welsh first Minister, Mark Drakeford AM, is increasingly considering Welsh development policy through the lens of the Foundational Economy.  The activities of our membership can be considered to be part of the Foundational Economy. Read more here

Developing a wood window specification for Wales.

Housing associations across Wales are indicating that they are interested in using more wooden windows in the future. Woodknowledge Wales is helping the Welsh supply chain respond to that demand. Read more here.

Construction & whole life carbon. 

A quick overview of what you need to know about embodied carbon, operational carbon and offsetting to get your decarbonisation strategy on track for low or even net-zero carbon buildings. Read more here.

Home-Grown Homes Project Updates

Background Project Information Here

Three affordable housing projects underway in Newtown 

Despite the lock-down work is starting on 51 new homes being built by Powys County Council. We also have updates on building performance testing and a range of guidance documents being developed. Read more HGH Project updates here

Thermally treated Welsh timber 

"Why can't I get thermally treated Welsh timber?" This was a question raised at WoodBUILD 2019 and discussed here with Dr Morwenna Spear who has worked on a projects developing protocls for Welsh timber. Read more  here.

Future talent for a low carbon society 

An exciting opportunity for young people and companies to work together. The Nuffield Research Programme is a 6 week programme for bright, capable students to complete a variety of tasks including data analysis, scoping and research reviews. Read more here.


The Autumn Series

We are busy putting together a series of webinars, workshops and podcast for the autumn. Bringing together results and findings from the Home-Grown Homes Project and looking at how we move forward to develop wood-based industries for increased prosperity and wellbeing in Wales. 



Ashdown Construction Group

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