Future opportunities for British timber
Timber has been used in Britain for thousands of years as a building material and it is increasingly important as the challenges of low carbon building develop further.
Harvested timber is feedstock for a number of industries, with the majority going into sawmills. The remainder is used in panel board, pulp/paper, fencing, biomass and other products.
This research summary - a collaborative effort funded by the Forestry Commission and carried out by a number of different partners including TRADA Technology Ltd - was split into three sections which aim to:
- Analyse and make recommendations of the most effective ways to add value to home grown timber used in construction.
- Conduct a study into the main timber species grown in the UK and identify further research required to fully understand the properties of our main timber species.
- Develop a consistent methodology for calculating the life cycle analysis of wood and timber products that is both cost effective and can be universally applied with minimal training.
- Research summary
- FC1 and FC3 (Adding value and UK timber species) Overview
- Existing market and trends in construction products
- Options for adding value and best utilisation for timber species
- Product propositions
- Carbon storage and embodied carbon in construction products
- Profit assessments
- End of life scenarios
- Stakeholder engagement
- Conclusions and recommendations
- Opportunities for best utilisation of species were found to be:
- FC1 recommendations:
- FC3 recommendations:
- FC2 - Development of methodology for carbon footprinting for British timber
- Challenges faced by previous approaches to GHG emissions assessment
- Expected future developments
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