The Case For Home Grown Timber Homes

Posted on May 5, 2022No Comment

At last November’s COP26 meeting, the COP26 House was on display – notable for using Scottish-grown timber:

COP26: Scotland’s home-grown house of the future – BBC News

The case for home-grown timber homes was made:

The UK is one of the largest importers of wood products in the world. As a nation we spent £7.5 billion in 2020 importing wood products from other countries. We also have a significantly lower amount of forests as a proportion of land area compared to the majority of Europe. Forests make up only 13% of land area in the UK vs Finland 73%, Germany 33%, and Italy 32%.

Across the country there are vast amounts of land available which are suitable for carefully managed woodlands. Management of a woodland ecosystem ensures that it remains in good health whilst simultaneously providing havens for wildlife, health, leisure and sporting facilities for people, in addition to supplying enough timber to build all of our houses. And it does all of this at the same time as capturing CO2 from the atmosphere.

COP26 House – Beyond Zero Homes

With more from the company producing these houses:

COP26 House – Beyond Zero Homes

The COP26 House – YouTube

There’s been a lot of enthusiasm for the design:

As well as having a reduced reliance on concrete and steel, the COP26 House has been built mainly using locally-sourced home-grown timber provided by the BSW Group, the UK’s largest integrated forestry business, and natural materials provided by the different organisations that make up Beyond Zero Homes. Robertson Timber Engineering manufactured the timber frame and panels for the build, which were completed off-site.

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