Timber’s role in sustainable construction to be showcased during Glasgow COP26 summit

THE role of timber construction is set to be highlighted during the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow at a number of events.

The Wood for Good conference takes place on 2nd November at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. Part of the wider BE@COP26 showcase, the in-person conference will feature a talk from Andrew Waugh, director of architect practice Waugh Thistleton, as he shares his 20 years’ experience in timber construction and his vision for the future.

This will be followed by sessions including speakers from Confor, Stewart Milne Timber Systems, Cities4Forests, SNRG and ECOSystems Technologies, including the story behind the Innovate UK-funded Transforming Timber modular home, made for COP26 from Scottish homegrown mass timber; engineering the future of construction; bringing timber construction into the mainstream; managing sustainable forests; and growing zero carbon communities.

Those heading to Glasgow can use Wood for Good’s COP26 interactive map to locate timber structures, forestry exhibitions and spaces, existing timber buildings and sites of interest. The map will help visitors find timber structures installed for COP26 such as Waugh Thistleton’s MultiPly and London Met’s ‘HomeGrownHouse’ alongside existing timber buildings such as Glasgow’s refurbished Theatre Royal and timber housing projects Anderston and Yoker.

Sarah Virgo, campaign manager at Wood for Good, said, “By using more timber in construction, we can capture carbon and reduce CO2 emissions, helping to reduce the impact of climate change. COP26 provides the ideal opportunity for architects, specifiers and policy-makers alike to learn from best practice in timber construction throughout the UK and across the globe.

“The series of Wood for Good sponsored events running during and after COP26 will shine a spotlight on the construction industry and examine ways in which we can help to reduce carbon emissions produced by buildings in use and the methods and materials used to build them.

“For visitors to COP26 in Glasgow, we want to highlight as many exemplary examples of timber in construction within the city as possible. We’re therefore asking for suggestions to include in the Wood for Good COP26 interactive map which will be continually updated over the coming weeks.”

Also sponsored by Wood for Good is the UK Green Building Council’s Build Better Now virtual exhibition. Running throughout the summit, the exhibition will showcase the role that buildings and cities can play in tackling the climate emergency.

A virtual reality exhibition of 17 exemplary sustainable building projects from around the world will be showcased. Projects will range from the largest Passivhaus building in the southern hemisphere; to developing a sustainable mass timber market in East Africa; through to an energy positive office in Norway.

Running from 25 October to 3 December 2021, the Wood for Good sponsored World of Wood (WOW) Festival is a six-week celebration of global timber and forests. The festival takes place at the Building Centre in Store Steet, London as well as online. It features presentations, exhibitions and webinars including an illuminated sculpture from proHolz Austria which guides visitors through the journey from the forest, to tree, to house, as well as an exhibition of the Wood Awards 2021 shortlist and winners’ ceremony hosted in November.

To book a space at the Wood for Good conference on 2nd November, visit www.be-at-cop26.org/programme