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Volumetric timber construction: Better, faster, stronger?

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Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

Unit 3B, 3 Watt Place

Hamilton International Technology Park

Blantyre

G72 0AG

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How can volumetric timber construction advance Scotland’s economy

What innovative building systems should be considered to drive cultural change and productivity improvement across the construction industry in order to deliver the 50,000 affordable homes in Scotland by 2021?


Offsite construction, where a proportion of the building process is transferred from site to a controlled factory environment has been suggested by many sources as a solution to the housing shortage in the UK. From the array of offsite timber systems volumetric construction has the highest level of prefabrication, up to approximately 85%, and therefore offers the highest opportunities for efficiency improvements. Recent advances in converting theoretical approaches into reality in Scotland are opening new opportunities and markets.


In this seminar you will see a series of evidence-based talks delivered by experts in the field, covering the hottest topics in volumetric timber construction from international best practice examples to the construction skills shortage and specifically the roles of the architect, architectural technologist and engineering professions in volumetric timber projects. You will then have the unique opportunity to explore two volumetric building types and timber systems – Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) applied in volumetric student accommodation and Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) applied in volumetric affordable housing to the Scottish Gold Standard.




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09:15 – Registration & Tea and Coffee


09:45 – Welcome and introduction – seminar chair Peter Wilson, Timber Design Initiatives


10:00 – Construction Scotland Innovation Centre – Lucy Black


10:10 – Volumetric timber, an international overview with emphasis on productivity – Mila Duncheva, Edinburgh Napier University


10:30 – How does the skills gap in the UK relate to volumetric timber design, manufacturing and construction - Doug Forbes, Whole Life Consultants Ltd


10:50 – What is the value of design in volumetric architecture? – Laura Hainey, Architecture and Design Scotland


11:10 – Networking & Tea and Coffee


11:30 – DfMA and prototype innovation in volumetric timber student accommodation – Max Garcia and Rory Doak, Carbon Dynamic


11:50 – Energy-efficient building fabric and user behaviour for Gold Standard affordable housing – Julio Bros Williamson and Jon Stinson, Scottish Energy Centre


12:10 – Acoustic design and specification for Gold Standard affordable housing – Nicola Robertson, Robin Mackenzie Partnership


12:30 – A future outlook for volumetric timber affordable housing – Michael Brooke, Tigh Grian


12:50 – Panel discussion


13:10 – Closing comments from the Chair


13:20 – Networking over lunch


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Hamilton International Technology Park

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