Research

13
Dec

Technical paper: assessing carbon impacts of timber

Assessing the carbon-related impacts of timber is complex. Timber Development UK and its Sustainability Group commissioned Jane Anderson to write a Technical Paper on the topic. Anderson is a world-renowned expert on Embodied Carbon, Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for the construction industry. She is the UK expert on CEN/TC350/WG3, which developed EN 15804:2011, the European Standard

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13
Dec

Timber trusses are greener than light gauge steel

“In comparison to the aviation industry, which contributes roughly 2-3% of global emissions, embodied carbon, specifically steel and concrete production, contributes about 8-10% of global emissions.” Zaid Alwan, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at Northumbria University. In South Africa, like the rest of the world, the high environmental impact of buildings and the construction process is

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19
May

African Construction Activity in 2020

Deloitte’s 2020 edition of the Africa Construction Trends Report on managing supply chain risk and disruption in capital projects includes 385 projects with a total project value of US$399bn. Year-on-year, the total number of projects declined by 14.8%, while the total value of projects dropped by 19.8%. Here are some statistics from the report: Project share by region East Africa:

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9
Oct

Study: The potential of South African timber products to reduce the environmental impact of buildings

Study abstract: South Africa was the first country in Africa to implement a locally developed green building rating tool and has a growing number of rated green building projects. The method of life-cycle assessment can help to compare and assess the environmental performance of building products. At present, more than 70% of all sawn timber in South Africa is used

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