Research and resources
The following research reports and white papers are a compilation of recent technical and policy reviews which seek to enhance our network’s understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the mass timber transformation. Please feel free to forward any content suggestions to us at email@example.com to help us keep this content timely and fit-for-purpose.
A report exploring the primary challenges of fire safety, regulation and insurance for mass timber construction on the road to a nature-based transformation of the UK built environment sector. Presenting opportunities and solutions to overcome these challenges and unlock the wider uptake of mass timber products.
An overview of the 3S framework to utilise “sink, storage and substitution” principles to effectively leverage forest climate mitigation potential. The analysis considers the optimal combinations of the sink, storage and substitution functions of forests and wood products, and the need for engagement of the entire supply chain and cross-sector coalitions of key stakeholders.
This paper provides information to better understand the use of timber in construction from a risk management perspective. The issue of climate change is covered in detail, and the risks brought about by the lack of clarity around combustible/ durable materials (specifically structural timber) in construction are also addressed.
A meta-analysis of studies with life cycle comparisons of mid-rise buildings using mass timber and conventional building materials -- unanimous in showing emissions reductions when building with mass timber. Covers implications for policy makers and the investment community.
This critical review finds a lack of consensus and guidance for life-cycle assessments of bio-based construction products and buildings using bio-based materials, with regulators, the construction industry and the construction products industry directly affected by this lack of comparability. Recommends the adoption of dynamic biogenic carbon accounting for future assessments.
This publication describes the current policy and regulatory environment regarding sustainable construction materials in Europe and North America; how member states might enhance the use of wood in buildings, and policy measures taken to overcome the lack of knowledge and misunderstanding of wood construction.
This research qualitatively examines the impact of policy instruments on individual Tall Wooden Buildings, based on reviews and interviews conducted with policymakers and professionals involved in 37 projects across eight countries, including Austria, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK.
This analysis of life cycle assessments shows that the average reported values of embodied GHG emissions of wooden buildings are one-third to half of those from buildings in general; with transparency and conformity in biogenic carbon accounting essential for comparability and to avoid distortions in reporting.
An examination of Construction Stored Carbon (CSC) as a metric for physical carbon stored in biobased buildings and infrastructure, in project investments or portfolios, to address questions around storage duration by bringing lifespan in line with a 100-year timeframe.
A comprehensive overview of the benefits of mass timber design and construction, demonstrating to clients, contractors, and authorities that any code requirements that are met by concrete and steel can be met and exceeded by timber. With 100 demonstration projects providing proof-of-concept in the UK.