Why timber is so important to the building and construction industry

The importance of timber in the construction industry will be highlighted at a national conference being held in Mid Wales in June.

Woodbuild Wales 2017 will bring together architects, developers, timber growers, manufacturers, builders, local authorities, housing associations, Welsh Government and others with an interest in construction in Wales.

“It’s exciting to see a major conference like this taking place in Mid Wales where a great deal of home grown timber is grown and harvested for a range of industries, including construction,” said Doug Hughes, MD and Principal Architect at Hughes Architects.

“With demand for homes outstripping supply in Wales and throughout the UK, timber is one of the key materials that can help increase the quantity and quality of homes, as well as the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of such properties.”

Doug is one of the key speakers at the conference taking place at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells, Powys on Thursday, 15 June.

The event will also include the launch of the UK’s first Wood Encouragement Policy, adopted by Powys County Council. It says the policy will create jobs in the growth, harvesting, processing and manufacture of homes from natural timber resources grown in rural communities.

Doug added: “Building designers, architects, developers, those involved in the homes construction sector and their clients need to be aware of the opportunities that timber plays in our future.

“It is also a major part in supporting the growth of our rural communities, such as those in Mid Wales.”

Hughes Architects, which has offices in Cardiff, Newtown, Welshpool and Aberystwyth, has led the way in utilising timber in its home and property designs. Where possible, it advises clients to use locally and sustainably sourced timber.

Doug will talk about the importance of good design practices that create homes and properties using Welsh timber and timber generally.

Exhibitors at the event include: PYC Group, Hughes Architects, BSW, Llandre Sawn Wood, NBT, Tir Coed, Ty Mawr Lime, Vinatage Joinery, Accsys, Structural Timber Association, TimberExpo, FSC and Ty Pren.

Details can be found at http://woodknowledge.wales/events/woodbuild-wales-2017