New report on housing launched with the APPG for the timber industries

New report on housing launched with the APPG for the timber industries

BLOG · BY TTF CEO DAVID HOPKINS · 15 September

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Timber Industries launched yesterday, advocating for greater use of timber in housing construction.

Yesterday we had our first official meeting for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Timber Industries. At this meeting we were able to elect officers, as well as launch a report showcasing how we can use timber to build more houses, quicker, while reducing carbon emissions.

The report, ‘How the timber industries can help solve the housing crisis’, calls on the Government to support the use of wood in construction through policy and procurement, and to introduce legislation to regulate embodied carbon – starting with mandatory, standardised carbon measurement on all government projects.

Timber offers a clear existing solution to the housing and climate crisis, with nearly one tonne of carbon dioxide sequestered for every cubic metre of timber used in construction. Timber has an existing supply chain and manufacturing base able to be ‘levelled up’, and to help overcome some of the most pressing issues being faced by the UK right now.

In the coming months we will be working with this group of MPs (which we will publicise shortly) to help create effective policy, and change the way we build in the UK – particularly England where just 9% of houses are built using timber frame. The opportunity for timber is huge.

I encourage you all to read the powerful piece on PoliticsHome from the chair of the APPG, David Warburton, MP for Somerton and Frome, on why this group, and growing the use of timber is important. We look forward to working with him, and the wider Parliament, to help grow the use of timber.

The APPG was not the only reason yesterday was momentous, as we hosted our first event as Timber Development UK. The first of our Sustainability Series of events focused on How to procure an Environmental Product Declaration. It was brilliant to have Jane Anderson in to talk with members.

If you missed this webinar, keep an eye on our social media in the coming days – and make sure you sign up for the next event of the series as soon as you can. These ‘lunchtime’ sessions are all taking place from 1-2pm, online, over the next four weeks. We hope to see you there.

Have a great week all.

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