WoodFest comes to Sheffield throughout February with a focus on health and wellbeing; low carbon; circular economy; building performance; offsite construction; and modular design.
The month-long event will feature wood in design and construction in Sheffield and Yorkshire and the programme includes an exciting line-up of events, seminars, exhibitions and challenges celebrating the versatility and sustainability of building with wood, organised by the UK timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good.
Christiane Lellig, Wood for Good campaign director, said:
“WoodFest Sheffield promises to offer a fantastic opportunity to bring all those involved with the built environment to explore what can be achieved when we work together. Each event is a chance to learn and share about the use of timber in architecture, particularly around health and wellbeing and offsite construction. It provides a platform to discover what’s happening in the region and to be inspired by timber design.”
Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber and Leeds Beckett University are pleased to support this event along with several other high profile partners including Arnold Laver; Sheffield University; Paul Testa Architecture; PEFC UK and TRADA.
WoodFest will kick off on 7th February with Small Project / Big Challenge, an evening seminar with sustainable Sheffield architects Paul Testa Architecture, Jon Carr Structural Design and Sheffield University, discussing design and structural challenges with examples including the multi-award-winning Hen House.
On 8th and 9th February TRADA will run its annual student challenge at Sheffield University for students of engineering, architecture, architectural technology, quantity surveying and landscape architecture. Judged by high profile engineers, architects and quantity surveyors, multi-disciplinary teams will compete in an intense 48-hour challenge to design an exemplary student accommodation predominantly from timber.
Later in the month, there will be a behind-the-scenes tour with Sheffield timber merchant Arnold Laver. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the workings of a thriving timber merchant and will be given the chance to learn about the hundreds of hardwoods, softwoods, treatments and modifications that form part of this important industry.
Forests are one of the most important ecosystems on our planet. Only by maintaining and managing them in a sustainable way can we we can preserve them for the future. Sustainable forest management not only helps to mitigate against climate change, but also preserves the many valuable plant and animal species, as well as the way of life for the people who depend on them. The PEFC (the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) will deliver a lunchtime CPD to teach delegates about procuring both sustainable timber and timber from sustainably managed forests.
Adding to the line-up will be factory tours, offering the chance to see first-hand how our timber construction products are made, from the rough sawn timber arriving on-site through to the finished product leaving for distribution. Visitors will have the opportunity to see how technology is changing the way we design and produce timber products.
There will also be the chance to visit striking examples of great architecture and design, focussing on sustainability and wellbeing within the Sheffield region.
If you work in the built environment within the Sheffield and surrounding areas and you’d like to be involved or add your own event to the WoodFest Sheffield programme, please contact Wood for Good campaign director, Christiane Lellig, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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