Low-carbon design competition launched

Low-carbon design competition launched


We are very proud to support the Riverside Sunderland University Design Challenge, which today is being launched in an online event, featuring Mark Farmer, MMC Housebuilding Champion, as well as our partners from MOBIESunderland City Council, and the Confederation of Timber Industries.

The launch event will be happening tonight from 6pm, and I encourage interested members to attend. Over the next four weeks, we have a very exciting programme that aims to get our students involved with timber, including the Climate Challenge, Sustainable Construction, Materials and Carbon Emissions, and Net Zero in Practice.

You can take a look at the Week One Programme here, with the lectures to be made available for any interested parties on the #RSUDC21 YouTube channel. If you would like to register for tonight’s launch, please sign up via Eventbrite by 4pm today.

In brief, this competition invites built environment students from Universities across the UK to design a home and neighbourhood of the future, against the backdrop of Riverside Sunderland.

Over the next four months, interdisciplinary teams will produce a diverse indicative masterplan of around 100 homes on the riverside site and design a one 3-bed family home in detail that meets or exceeds the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge.

These homes must be designed and engineered to be manufactured locally, using modern methods of construction (MMC), with the main material focus and specification to be timber and timber hybrid systems.

This competition and series is a powerful example of what we can achieve in the TRADA Timber Trade Federation University Engagement Programme led by Tabitha Binding, with 135+ students signed up and 25+ universities. We encourage you to share our posts on LinkedIn and Twitter and help us raise awareness of the competition.

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