Timber the focus for ‘low-carbon home’ design competition set in Sunderland

Timber the focus for ‘low-carbon home’ design competition set in Sunderland

ARTICLE · By Timber Trade Federation · 8 December 2020

University students across the UK will help reimagine Sunderland communities as part of a national design competition now being launched – Riverside Sunderland: University Design Challenge.

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI), together with MOBIE and Sunderland City Council, are challenging Built Environment University and HEC students, as well as recent graduates, to form multidisciplinary teams to create a unique carbon neutral urban quarter using timber.

These teams must to produce an amazing masterplan, and the design of one home in detail, for the development which will include a mixed and vibrant community of desirable homes with green and open spaces on the riverside site.

The homes will need to be built using timber and timber hybrid systems, in line with the recommendations of the UK Climate Change Committee, which suggests we should only build if necessary, and where we do, use only low-carbon, renewable resources such as timber.

The scheme’s must be shown to be carbon neutral, creatively employing sustainable building materials and construction methods, be energy efficient and technology smart; and emphasise health and well-being of people, the community, and our planet.

More information can be found at www.mobie.org.uk/challenges/riverside, or at www.cti-timber.org

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