24 September 2021

Learn about whole life carbon assessments and the circular economy of timber

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Learn about sustainability in the timber supply chain.


This October TDUK is hosting two more webinars as part of its Sustainability series, with speakers including TDUK’s sustainability director Charlie Law and Jane Anderson of ConstructionLCA.


These webinars are aimed at architects and engineers looking at specifying wood-based products, as well as timber suppliers and manufacturers.


Sign up for free to learn all about Lifecycle Assessments, incorporating circular economy techniques, and Chain of Custody certification.


Upcoming events

Timber, carbon sequestration, and building LCAs – Charlie Law & Jane Anderson

5 October 2021 ∙ 13:00–14:00

Understand the why and how of accounting for carbon sequestration in building Lifecycle Assessments (LCAs), and how you could improve your whole life carbon calculation.


Why do you need to know about whole life carbon assessments?

The built environment is responsible for around 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint, through energy requirements for heating, lighting and other plug-in loads, but also embodied emissions from the manufacture of construction materials. For the UK to meet its legal target of Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2050, the construction industry needs to embrace the concept of Net-Zero Whole Life Carbon, and this webinar will explain how timber can help achieve this.


What does the webinar cover?

  • The stages of a Whole Life Carbon Assessment
  • Carbon sequestration within forests and there carbon storage potential
  • Where and when carbon sequestration can be taken into account within an LCA
  • Where you could incorporate circular economy techniques to improve your Whole Life Carbon Assessment
  • End of life scenarios for wood based products
  • How you can offset any residual carbon emissions for your project to become Net-Zero Carbon


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Timber and the circular economy – Charlie Law

12 October 2021 ∙ 13:00–14:00

Timber Development UK in conjunction with PEFC UK bring you this CPD certified webinar on Timber and the Circular Economy.


Why do you need to know about timber and the circular economy?

While timber is the ultimate renewable material, we need to make the very best use of this valuable resource. Ensuring timber products and buildings last for their required design life, and that they can be reused or remanufactured at the end of use, are key circular economy solutions. By ensuring timber products meet the circular economy agenda, we can continue to incorporate these renewable, low-carbon materials into the buildings of the future, and help increase the overall carbon storage in buildings.


What does the webinar cover?

  • The background to forest certification and its global importance
  • The UK timber market and drivers for certified timber
  • Certification schemes and requirements of the UK government’s timber procurement policy
  • What a model timber specification clause looks like
  • How Chain of Custody certification works and the vital information you need to see


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Previous webinars in the series 

How to procure an Environmental Product Declaration

EPDs provide a standard way of declaring the impacts of manufacturing and using products through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). In Europe, EN 15804 provides the overarching set of Product Category Rules (PCR) to ensure consistent reporting of environmental impact information for all construction products, and there are now over 10,000 published EPD to this standard. These EPDs can be used to assess the embodied carbon or whole life carbon of buildings and infrastructure, which is now becoming a requirement across Government, and is included in the Greater London Authority’s New London Plan for example.



Responsible timber sourcing

Using timber from well-managed forests that meet internationally recognised standards of legality and sustainability, certified by organisations such as PEFC is a pre-requisite for environmental assessment schemes such as BREEAM, LEED and Ska, as well as many others around the world. Green building standards, together with corporate responsible sourcing policies, are increasingly driving demand for responsibly sourced timber. To meet client expectations, it is important that designers and specifiers insist on certified timber for their projects, along with full Chain of Custody.



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