The zero-carbon challenge

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Robin Lancashire, head of TRADA Technology's Building Performance Section, discusses how timber frame is responding to demanding thermal regulations.

As thermal performance requirements get ever tighter the construction industry is grappling with new SAP calculations, psi values and novel construction products, to achieve reduced CO2 emission requirements. The need to construct buildings with zero-carbon emissions is now only a few years away, but innovation in construction historically moves at a snail's pace. Timber frame construction already has many of the answers needed to meet the bold zero-carbon goal, which is why it continues to improve its market share as building regulations tighten.

Article from the TRADA Timber Industry Yearbook 2011

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