20 Apr 2017

Ecological Building Systems teams up with experts for UK's first CLT masterclass

A full day event designed specifically for architects, Passivhaus designers and construction professionals, the masterclass shares insights from some of Europe’s leading experts in natural wood fibre insulation, intelligent air tightness and wind tightness and specialist fixing systems, at The Building Centre in central London.

The itinerary will include an opportunity to review CLT projects with the architects that designed them, including Will Garner from the Midas Group and Bernard Tulkens from Tectonics architects who designed a CLT residential property alongside fellow masterclass presenter, certified Passivhaus designer, Peter Ranken, which won the Passivhaus of the Year award (Passivhaus Trust - Urban Category) and a Hackney Design Award in 2016.

The opening address will be delivered by, Christiane Lellig, campaign director for Wood for Good, the timber industry’s campaign for promoting the use of wood in design and construction. Ecological Building Systems’ senior engineer and certified Passivhaus consultant, Niall Crosson, will then give an overview of the use of CLT in the UK followed by a series of presentations from specialist insulation, air tightness and wind tightness system providers from across Europe, including; Pro Clima, the intelligent air tight and wind tight products provider; Gutex, the vapour permeable wood fibreboard specialist; and leading fixing and fastenings company, HECO-Schraben.

Alongside case study presentations from the architect presenters, there will also be an opportunity to discuss practical applications with the Ecological Building Systems team and a Q&A session with the entire panel.

Comments Niall Crosson: “CLT construction has seen a significant increase in popularity over the past few years and, as we continue to address the challenges of sustainability by addressing issues such as material consumption, embedded carbon, energy efficiency and longevity, it looks set to become even more significant.

“This masterclass provides a unique knowledge sharing opportunity to learn from best practice from across Europe and examine how CLT can contribute to sustainability, comfort, reduced carbon consumption and extended building lifecycles for both Passivhaus and conventional builds. CLT is proven in the UK across projects as diverse as multi-occupancy residential schemes in London, a range of commercial and public buildings, and affordable living schemes on the Isle of Mull.”

“The purpose of the CLT Masterclass is to help architects drive innovation in wood-based building design so that they can derive the greatest advantages from this most functional and traditional building material to address the sustainability and buildability challenges of the 21st century built environment.”

Each attendee will receive a certificate of attendance and 5 structured CPD credits. The event starts at 9.30am at The Building Centre on Thursday 11th May, concluding at 4.30pm, with a buffet lunch provided. Tickets are available from Eventbrite at a cost of £120 per delegate with a 10% discount for members of the Passivhaus Trust, The Green Register, AECB, ASBP, STBA or the Structural Timber Association.


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