Timber, one of the most sustainable building materials, could help solve a major issue in modern construction – helping the UK increase housing stock without triggering significant carbon emissions.
By sector, the built environment is one of the largest contributors to CO2 emissions in the UK. With the country challenged to deliver 200,000 new homes every year just to keep pace with demand, it is new housing developments that will have one of the biggest impacts on our commitment to global carbon reduction targets set in Paris at the end of 2015.
Timber could help tackle these conflicting goals. Not only can it exceed other materials in terms of ease of use and speed of delivery, it is the most sustainable way of creating new buildings.