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Timber: designing for the future

Tue 25 Jun 2019

This afternoon event will explain the Government’s new ‘Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018’ and what it means for structural timber buildings.

In December 2018, the Government changed the Building Regulations to prohibit the use of combustible materials in the external walls of residential buildings over 18m.  Whilst designers and manufacturers are developing innovative products and systems that meet the new regulations, the wider industry is still unsure of what the implications of the legislation are, especially with the use of structural timber.

With insightful and informative talks from leading architects, engineers and contractors, the event will investigate how other countries design and build in timber; identify new innovative external wall solutions that meet the regulations; discuss designing timber buildings for fire and durability, and explore what is next for timber.

After presentations and a panel discussion the event will close at 5.30pm with networking and a drinks reception.

Speakers include:
- Linda Thiel, Director of White Arkitekter 
Designing tall timber buildings in Sweden – case study of Skelleftea Cultural Centre.

- Andrew Goodwin, Managing Director of B&K Structures
Designing tall timber buildings in UK.

- Simon Lay, Director of OFR Consultants
Designing timber for fire.

- Rachel Sandbrook, Associate Director at Engenuiti
Designing timber for durability.

- Alex de Rijke, Co-founder of dRMM Architects
Timber design – what next?

Chaired by Dave Hopkins, Director of Timber Trade Federation

The event is free to attend, but please register to book your place.



Part of the Forest of Fabrication events programme, curated by the Building Centre exhibitions team and dRMM, and supported by The Built Environment Trust and B&K Structures.


We would like to thank our headline sponsors Timber Trade FederationWood Campus and Wood For Good. Supported by American Hardwood Export CouncilB&K Structures, BinderholzEurbanJames LathamKLH UK,  MartinsonsSödraStora Enso and Wiehag.

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