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Woodknowledge Wales

December 2020 Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to our December 2020 newsletter. 

2020 has been a tough year and I’m sure everyone will be glad to see the back of it. Having said that, Woodknowledge Wales has been going from strength to strength. Our membership and influence continues to grow, helped by the big agendas of our time - the Foundational Economy forces a focus on local supply chains. The growing urgency of addressing the climate emergency and meeting net zero by 2050 is increasing the focus on trees and timber as a solution. And then of course there is Brexit (deal or no-deal) which is forcing us to take steps to increase supply chain resilience and focus on forestry as an economically sustainable land-use option.

Home-Grown Homes Phase 1 is coming to an end and the guidance documents are being published. The case studies are showcased on a Google Map which we aim to make interactive in 2021. The plan for Home-Grown Homes Phase 2 is to implement all the learning from Phase 1 – that means helping housing associations meet their net zero whole life carbon aspirations, targets and regulatory requirements as well as helping manufacturers and processors to bring more low carbon timber buildings and products to the market.

Nothing will ever replace the pleasure of connecting with people in face to face meetings, but being forced to ‘go online’ for all our events has proved to be a blessing. We’ve been able to reach many more people. We’re now developing an exciting events and training programme for next year. So watch out for that.

In this newsletter you will find:
  • An update on the Home Grown Homes Project
  • New guidance for Embodied Carbon reduction for housing associations and their supply chain
  • An update on the Welsh Wood Window project
  • Links to recordings and outputs from the Webinar series.
As always, do please contact us if you'd like to get involved in any of our activities.

Finally we would like to welcome new members Fforest Timber EngineeringKenton JonesNorman IndustriesRoe TimberframeStride Treglown and Welcome to our Woods.

I hope you have a good break and I wish you all the best for 2021.

Gary Newman
Chief Executive, Woodknowledge Wales Ltd

Home-Grown Homes Project Updates

Home-Grown Homes Project on the home run!

After three intense years the project formally ends this month, a significant body of work which altogether makes a compelling case for having an industrial strategy for timber in Wales...
Read more here.

New guidance for embodied carbon

Reversing man-made temperature rise is the big challenge of our time. New guidance contains advice on how to make embodied carbon assessments, available tools and benchmarks for comparison...
Read more here.

Embodied Carbon – the key questions

How do you reduce embodied carbon in social housing developments? This article highlights key questions and answers for strategic leadership teams ...
Read more here.

Welsh Windows Project Updates

Making the Foundational Economy happen – with joinery

What if a group of independent joiners could produce a Welsh timber window that meets all requirements for the social housing sector in Wales? Here’s how far we've got today... 
Read more here.

WoodBUILD Autumn Series

Join the dialogue!

Our series of 90 minute webinars has proved successful with more than 300 people from social housing, forestry, architecture, manufacturing, academia, local authorities and government attending. If you missed it, we’ve selected three recordings for you to enjoy (see below).

We'll continue to offer webinars covering topical issues across the timber supply chain from forest management to low carbon, high performing timber frame homes. Let us know which topics you’d be interested in exploring further with us in 2021.

All 2020 webinars were delivered with support from Welsh Government. Forestry events were organised in collaboration with Natural Resources Wales.
You can access all presentations here.

Matrix landscapes and sustainable forest management practices

Land sharing or land sparing? Productive forestry in the context of the climate and biodiversity emergency. 
Listen to the recording of the webinar here. Password: MatrixLandscapes 

Technical specifications for zero carbon housing

Five technical variations of timber frame build solutions suitable to accomplish zero carbon housing.
Listen to the recording of the webinar here. Password: Specifications

Decarbonising your housing stock: Embodied carbon

How to calculate embodied carbon and make your new developments low-carbon. Introduction to new Embodied Carbon Guidance.
Listen to the recording of the webinar here. Password: Housing2

Listen to our podcasts

We’re looking forward to more conversations with David Hedges and guests in the New Year.
You can find all current podcasts here. 

  • Our Future Forests with Jo O'Hara and Prof. John Healey
  • Future Homes and how we build (or make) them with Jasper Meade and Neil Sutherland
  • Better Performing Homes with Prof. Fionn Stevenson and Rob Wheaton
  • The Foundational Economy with Debbie Green and Steve Cranston



Woodknowledge Wales is an independent for-public-good membership organisation committed to the development of wood-based industries to benefit the economy, the environment and the people of Wales. Our work would not be possible without the support and collaboration of our Members. To get involved and to find out about member benefits please contact us today
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