24 May 2019

WoodBUILD 2019 – becoming a high-value forest nation

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26 June, Bangor


WoodBUILD 2019 is a one-day conference and expo bringing together people and organisations involved in building our supply chain from forest to home.


Gary Newman, Woodknowledge Wales, says: ‘Timber’s popularity continues to grow, and I would suggest that wood is the only industrial material available at scale, whose greater use will mitigate climate change. So now more than ever we need to be looking further at developing the home-grown timber supply chain, planting more forests, growing for quality, building for quality, building more efficiently, and developing local manufacturing.’


At WoodBUILD 2019 we will be exploring the features of a high-value forest nation and how Wales might get there. Speakers from Ireland, Norway and Wales will address not only how we accelerate forest planting activities but also how improved forest management techniques can lead to efficiencies in both delivery and use of timber products for the construction sector. In the afternoon speakers will address new products and construction solutions that are driving an exciting new era of timber construction and forest-science.


Speakers include:

  • Julie James AM, Minister for Housing and Local Government
  • Des O’Toole, Coillte, Ireland
  • Dr Bruce Talbot, NIBIO, Norway
  • Prof John Healey, Bangor University
  • Prof Fionn Stevenson, Sheffield University
  • Sarah Laing-Gibbens, Welsh Government


Christiane Lellig from Wood for Good will be leading The BIG Debate at the end of the conference with contributions from the speakers and also Confor, Passivhaus Trust, BM TRADA, and the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products.


The Welsh Government's pioneering Innovative Housing Programme is enabling many timber approaches to be rolled out at scale and has encouraged much greater collaboration across the supply chain. WoodBUILD will highlight some of these developments along with exemplars from the Powys County Council-led Home-Grown Homes project. BM TRADA is a key delivery partner in this project focused on the development of the timber frame industry in Wales. Of course, the challenge is not simply to build more home with timber, it is also about the quality of those homes. Understanding and measuring building performance is key to setting higher standards and delivering improved performance in reality. Prof Fionn Stephenson, the UK’s leading academic thinker in this area, will describe how to deliver improved zero carbon buildings in both newbuild and retrofit.


Wales has declared a climate emergency – the challenge now is for all sectors of our economy (public, private and third) to respond in a way that is commensurate with the need for rapid decarbonisation. WoodBUILD will look at how the housing and forestry sectors can respond rapidly and positively to this challenge.


WoodBUILD 2019 will take place on 26 June at Bangor University, North Wales. The full ticket price is £120 plus VAT – early birds and TRADA members receive discounts. Please contact the event organiser for a discount code – ceri.loxton@woodknowledgewales.co.uk.


To attend or to find out more, please visit woodknowledge.wales/events/woodbuild-2019