Hardwood or Modified Wood?
Presented by Peter Wilson of Timber Design Initiatives Ltd.
Chemical and thermal wood modification processes have been around for a very long time but, until relatively recently, simple economics mitigated against the availability of modified timber products. The manufacturing technologies are expensive and the investment required in plant is immense but a variety of circumstances have combined in recent years to make these products commercially viable. Initially, their promotion focused upon their use in laminated window systems and external cladding and decking, but more creative applications are nowadays emerging that have striking architectural potential. But what of the hardwood alternatives? Illegal sourcing has unquestionably impacted upon their use, but many species are still legally available, have a long history of use in the UK and are competitive with modern modified timbers.
Peter Wilson is an architect and director of Timber Design Initiatives (TDI) Ltd. The company’s raison d’être is to deliver new, Europe-wide approaches to education, innovation and demonstration of best practice in the use of wood in architecture, design and construction through applied research collaborations between academia and industry. A UK registered architect with more than 30 years experience of teaching and research in Higher Education, Peter was, until August 2015, head of Edinburgh Napier University’s Wood Studio research centre. Regularly invited to speak at international conferences on all aspects of timber design and construction, he currently leads the development of a pan-European accredited programme of Continuing Professional Education in timber design for construction professionals.
A&DS Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials, in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland and Wood for Good present this CPD as part of our SepTimber series foscussing on timber in construction.