11 February 2022

Final call for entrants for University Design Challenge

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Built environment students and recent graduates have just 10 more days to sign up to join the Timber Development UK University Design Challenge (#TDChallenge22).


Over the next five months participants will have the chance to come together as multidisciplinary teams and design a community centre, in Southside Hereford, which seeks to take on the challenge of building in a climate crisis.


The detailed designs must be ‘net zero’, creatively employ sustainable building materials and construction methods, and be energy and resource efficient, focusing on the health and well-being of people, the community, and our planet.


The main material focus and specification for the centre will be timber and timber hybrid systems. Your team's detailed design for the building will meet the Passivhaus Standard, and exceed the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge targets and the LETI Climate Emergency Design Guide metrics.


This student competition follows on from the award nominated Riverside Sunderland University Design Challenge, which you can find out more information on here.


Click here for more information on #TDChallenge22, or view the flyer here. Register your interest in participating here.


Timber Development UK has been hosting a special event series to support #TDChallenge22 with industry leaders to share best practice. You can find recordings here, and register for upcoming events here.


Timeline | Individual registration - 21 February 2022 | Team formation - 28 February 2022 | Software distribution – March 2022 | Entries due in by 12 June, with an awards ceremony in July in Hereford.


Thank you to the sponsors and supporters of the Timber Development UK Southside Hereford: University Design Challenge 2022


Timber Development UK is organising the University Design Challenge 2022 in partnership with Edinburgh Napier UniversityNew Model Institute of Technology and Engineering (NMITE), and the Passivhaus Trust.


The event was sponsored by Transforming TimberAccoyaPEFCPH15Stora EnsoTimber Decking & Cladding AssociationWood for GoodRothoblaasAECBdesignPHTrimble, and UFI VocTech Trust.