29 September 2020

A closer look at this year's Better Timber Buildings speakers

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The Better Timber Buildings conference 2020, which will be online for the first time, invites you to learn how to meet tighter fire regulations using structural timber and maximise the durability of structural timber. Now you can attend the conference from the comfort of your own home or office.


The first event, which takes place on 5 November 2020, will see three leading practitioners share their solutions to creating elegant designs using structural timber to satisfy client needs while also meeting tough, new regulatory requirements.


The second event, which will take place on 11 November 2020, sees timber specialists from Stora Enso and TRADA deliver some much-needed guidance on managing moisture effectively in CLT buildings. This guidance, confirmed by a methodical testing programme commissioned by Stora Enso, a major CLT supplier, was first introduced at last year’s conference.



Conference speakers on 5 November 2020:

Meeting tighter fire regulations using structural timber


Danny Hopkin

Technical Director, OFR Fire and Risk Consultants


Dr. Danny Hopkin is a chartered fire engineer & Technical Director at OFR. He started out as a researcher at the BRE UK, before moving into design consultancy in 2011. He has had an input on large scale projects across the globe, including the Island City Centre Mumbai, 4 Pancras Square London, the new European HQ for Google and the Facebook UK Campus.


Danny has a doctorate in the fire performance of engineered timber products and systems, and continues to undertake research in his role as Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield – with primary interests in the fire performance of timber, structural reliability and quantitative risk assessment. He lead / co-authored the revision of UK guidance (BS / PD 7974) on the topics of: fire dynamics, structural fire performance and quantitative risk assessment. Danny is also a member of BSI committee B/525/5 and was a UK representative for the recent COST Action FP1404 – covering the fire safe use of bio-based materials.



Jonathan Roynon,

Technical Director, BuroHappold


Jonathan is a Technical Director at BuroHappold with over 20 years’ of structural engineering experience. He joined the firm after graduating from Bristol University and has been involved in delivering projects in all structural materials on projects across the world, but has a particular focus and passion for designing timber structures. He has played a key role in many of their most significant timber projects, including:

  • Cork Airport hybrid timber/steel roof;
  • Savill Building woven timber gridshell;
  • Hounslow East timber lamella roof connections;
  • University of Exeter Forum Project gridshell;
  • Scunthorpe Pods gridshell;
  • Westonbirt Arboretum Welcome Building Douglas fir frame;
  • Westonbirt Arboretum Treetop Walkway; plus
  • Various cross-laminated timber and hybrid/timber commercial office and residential projects.


He leads the firm’s timber engineering community, which is responsible for promoting the use of timber within the firm and developing the knowledge of the engineering teams in the use of timber. He is also visiting lecturer at Bath and Bristol Universities, and provides project support to students of timber engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US.



Ben Price

Technical Manager, B&K Structures


Ben Price is Technical Manager at B&K Structures. A Chartered Civil Engineer and graduate of Imperial College, London, Ben has a wide experience in engineering, both in the UK and overseas. Working with B&K Structures since 2013, he is passionate about timber’s role in combating climate change. To this end, he is working to make building in timber safer, simpler, quicker and more robust.



Conference speakers on 11 November 2020:

Update on ensuring structural timber remains durable


Jennifer Eriksson

Timber Engineer, Stora Enso


Jennifer joined Stora Enso in 2018 after graduating from Umeå University, Sweden, with a BSc in structural engineering focused on advanced timber structures. Her background is in bespoke joinery and she has extensive experience in both designing and building fine wood doors, windows, and furniture for both listed buildings and new developments.


At Stora Enso, Jennifer is part of the Building Solutions R&D team, where she is involved in multiple projects, including moisture and acoustic testing, and the continued improvement of Stora Enso’s massive wood products such as CLT and LVL.



Lewis Taylor

Timber Frame Consultant, BM TRADA


As a Timber Frame Consultant, Lewis provides independent checks on timber frame buildings for architects, their clients, main contractors and building owners. In addition, Lewis provides technical assistance on thermal performance, thermal bridging and low energy building design. Lewis is a co-author of the Timer Frame Construction 5th Edition and regularly provided talks on timber frame construction at national building exhibitions and conferences.



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