Andrew Carpenter, STA chief executive, said: “The shortage of housing in the UK is an issue that has been acknowledged by successive governments; we must ensure that all new build homes are delivered in a high-quality and sustainable manner.
“Furthermore, to deliver the volume demanded with the urgency suggested, then this is also achievable by using engineered timber solutions that are predominately manufactured offsite – this also alleviates the acknowledged skill-shortage faced by the construction industry.
Forward momentum on housing has been achieved and the STA is working actively with Welsh Government, supported by a number of Welsh unitary authorities to support the decision that all future affordable homes in Wales shall be timber frame.
Further STA support research and engagement with the insurance industry is also now well established.
The drive for sustainability in construction does not just apply to new developments though.
New commercial, flats, multi-occupancy, health and education buildings will all have to show momentum to zero carbon development.
Existing older buildings in need of renovation, refurbishment or re purposing can benefit from using timber products for sustainability.
Below is a link to a wonderful example from Ramboll of a 1960s building where the concrete frame was retained but the extension used timber saving 2200 tons of CO2.
Renovation and re purposing of existing buildings will become increasingly important.