A free service that prepares construction companies for the low carbon market.
A new 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.
MSC in Timber Engineering, Edinburgh Napier
For further information see Edinburgh Napier
A North American tour and an ONGOING INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE about advanced technologies for home construction and solar energy use– devised to share German innovations that have achieved sustainable construction and operational energy savings.