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
As fuel prices rise, fossil fuel supplies become more unpredictable and we strive to reduce our CO2 emissions, every Watt saved now counts.
This Wood Information Sheet (WIS) outlines the options for improving the thermal performance of existing timber frame buildings and summarises the important issues that specifiers...
Author Geoffrey Pitts and advisory editor TRADA Technology's Robin Lancashire introduce TRADA's new book about best practices in site planning and building design to achieve energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency in buildings comes at a cost. Energy is another word for fuel - most commonly electricity, gas, oil or solid...
Professionals undertaking surveys of timber frame buildings should have an understanding of the overall design and typical detailing employed in this form of construction.
The approach to surveying a timber framed house is no different from that used for other methods of construction. There are many similarities with brick...