Tomorrow’s Timber Talks
We invite you to the webinar Tomorrow's Timber Talk - powered by PEFC, where architectural engineer Pablo van der Lugt will speak about the enormous potential of timber - the construction material of the future.
Pablo will discuss the key benefits of timber – from thermal efficiency and fast construction, to the effects on our health and well-being, and explain and rectify prevailing myths about timber construction and how timber from sustainably managed forests helps combating climate change.
You will learn more about the potential of timber construction in our time of resource scarcity and climate change.
The Talk is based on the book ‘Tomorrow’s Timber – Towards the next building revolution’, covering the latest innovations in wood in architecture.
Sourced sustainably, timber is one of the most environmentally friendly materials available. Thanks to new technologies, and its many benefits for people and planet, it is rapidly gaining ground as a construction material.
The webinar will demonstrate why building with certified timber is critical and how PEFC certification provides assurances of responsible sourcing.
While everybody is welcome to join, the webinar particularly addresses architects, structural engineers, specifiers and developers, contractors, house builders and actors of the timber supply chain.
The webinar will not be recorded – take your chance to attend it live! The webinar will be in English. Register now!
Presenter Pablo van der Lugt
Architectural engineer Pablo van der Lugt (MSc PhD) is a senior sustainability consultant in the wood- and bamboo industry and a lecturer in biobased building at Delft University of Technology.
He is the author of five books on biobased building, and has been a speaker at several formats, from TED and Pecha Kucha talks, to keynote presentations at high-level international conferences, including the International Climate Conferences COP 21 and COP 24.
Why timber, why PEFC?
Concrete, steel, cement, and glass are among the most frequently used construction materials. But they emit high amounts of carbon, making the construction sector responsible for 39% of energy-related carbon emissions in the world.
Timber does the opposite: rather than emitting carbon, it stores it. As trees grow, they absorb CO2 and store it as carbon in their biomass, where it stays, even after the trees have been harvested. Building with timber can therefore significantly reduce our carbon footprint. What is more, using sustainable timber ensures forests remain intact and continue to act as carbon sink.
Buildings of timber are easier and faster to build, as they are lighter than buildings made of conventional materials and can have smaller and simpler foundations. What is more, timber has a positive influence on the well-being and health of the people living and working in the building.
PEFC certification of a construction project provides assurance that the wood used originates from responsibly managed forests, with the material tracked through every stage of the process from the forest to the construction project, it also increases the carbon sink to combat climate change.
Photo credits: Walter Kallenbach