Timber Development UK launch first major event of 2022

Timber Development UK launch first major event of 2022


The Southside Hereford University Challenge is one of many things to look forward to in 2022.

As Timber Development UK steps into the new year, we are building a full programme that will grow the use of wood. This will cover both our merchant members, through the likes of our involvement with the Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI), and for our specifier members – both past, and future.

This is one of the reasons why, following the success of our work in 2021 with the Riverside Sunderland University Design Challenge, we are launching a new competition. University students across the UK today are being called on to reimagine Hereford communities with our Southside Hereford: University Design Challenge.

As Timber Development UK we are partnering with New Model Institute of Technology and Engineering (NMITE), Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), and the Passivhaus Trust, to challenge built environment students, as well as recent graduates, to form multidisciplinary teams to create a ‘net-zero community centre’ based on timber and timber-hybrid systems.

The 2022 challenge is to design an exemplary community building that produces more energy than it consumes, at Southside in Hereford. Students from all built environment courses at UK universities, from first to final year, along with 2021 graduates are invited to enter the competition which launches today at the Building Centre, Store St, London, and online.

By improving the knowledge and capabilities of our future architects, engineers, cost consultants, and landscape architects, we can ensure our young professionals are well placed for the future of low-carbon timber construction. You can read more on this year’s university challenge here.

This week I also want to highlight an update in the world of Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI), which I encourage all our members to engage with. The Verification process underlying the Code for Construction Product Information voluntary licensing scheme, due to be ready by December, will now go live in early 2022, according to Construction Product Information Ltd, the organisation set up to verify potential licence-holders and to police the Code.

Visit our Members Page to find the latest guidance on these developments, and to read our updated CCPI Guide. You will also find a sample spreadsheet offering a start on documenting the creation, sign-off, and revision of product information, and an example of an ethics decision-making tree, since ethical behaviour in selling products, alongside people competence, are core elements of the CCPI.

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