A 2012 report, examining the possibilities for multi-storey engineered wood structures in buildings.
About 45% of the UK's CO2 emissions come from buildings. The Climate Change
(Scotland) Act 2009 aims to reduce emissions by at least 80% by
2050. In Scotland, sustainability of buildings is embedded
into the building standards. These standards are constantly being
increased. The Sullivan Report made recommendations to
achieve total-life zero-carbon buildings by 2030.
As the operational performance of building increases, the
environmental impacts of the construction materials used become
more significant. These impacts include; the use of raw materials;
transportation, the resources used in manufacturing, and the
emissions generated. For timber products embodied carbon is
an important green credential. For a comparison of materials
see the Inventory of Carbon and
Energy prepared by Hammond and Jones of the University of
The choice of sustainable materials is not the whole story
however. Building design, process and quality are also important
determinants of how well the building performs - as is the way in
which it is ultimately used.
Research into Mainstreaming Offsite Modern Methods of
Construction in House Building
This Scottish Government recently commissioned report
describes the challenge to the construction industry in buidling
warm affordable sustainable homes that people want to live in.
It sets out a number of recommendations to expand the use of
offsite construction methods, particularly those using timber
Library of Sustainable Building Materials
A brand new materials library offering visitors a chance
to explore and analyse a wide range of sustainable building
materials has been opened by Architecture and Design Scotland at
The Lighthouse, Glasgow.
The purpose of the Library is to showcase
sustainable, traditional and emerging low carbon building products
in general and to promote and encourage innovation in construction
in Scotland using indigenous resources. Supported by the Forestry
Commission and the Scottish Government, it gives architects,
builders, students and the public an opportunity to get hands on
with a wide range of building materials - from timber through to
sheep's wool - available in Scotland, while learning more about
each material's sustainability credentials.
website also hosts case studies of sustanable building material
use in contemporary Scottish construction.
The Wood for Good campaign works on behalf of the whole timber industry in the UK. It aims to promote the suitability and sustainability of wood as a building material to the construction and logistics sectors.