Timber construction (for reduced carbon)

23 November 2022 Add to calendar

Join this webinar, hosted by Buildoffsite and CIRIA’s Communities of Practice, exploring the use of timber construction to drive net zero carbon in the residential sector whilst managing construction risk.


If there is a single construction material with the potential to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the UK construction sector it has to be timber. Approximately 85% of homes in Scotland are timber frame construction and though the percentage in England and Wales is much lower, the numbers are growing year on year.This event will consider different construction methods and approaches to the use of wood in various types of development including:

  • Timber frame construction (John Smith, Donaldson Timber)
  • Mass engineered timber (David Miller, David Miller Architects)
  • Maximising use of local resources (Gary Newman, Woodknowledge Wales)

Construction and regulatory risks will also be covered.

Managing Construction Risk Community of Practice
Launched in 2020, CIRIA’s Managing Construction Risk Community of Practice (CoP) brings together practitioners from the construction and insurance sectors with the objective of improving the management of risk and financial performance. For more information and to get involved, please contact Dirk Vennix.

Driving Net Zero Carbon Community of Practice
Achieving Net Zero Carbon (NZC) in the construction sector is a significant challenge and one which requires collectively exploring the issues and collaborating to find solutions. To facilitate this, CIRIA has launched a new Community of Practice: Driving Net Zero Carbon which brings together sustainability practitioners from across multiple sectors and disciplines within infrastructure to help the Government drive the pathways to NZC 2050. For more information and to get involved, please contact Andy Moores.

Why attend

  • Learn more about various timber construction methods and types of materials.
  • Understand how use of timber will help achieve net zero carbon targets.
  • Find out about the risks and regulatory issues related to timber construction.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend

  • Insurance sector practitioners: risk engineers, underwriters and brokers
  • Construction sector practitioners: insurance buyers, quality assurance managers, project managers as well as financial and legal experts working for asset owners and operators, T1/T2 contractors, designers and suppliers
  • Procurement specialists working for publicly funded bodies
  • Lenders
  • Developers
  • Housing associations and social housing providers
  • Regulators
  • Research community
  • Trade associations

Wednesday 23 November 2022
10:30 – 12:30

10:30 Welcome and introduction
Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive, CIRIA
Dr Kat Ibbotson, Director, Strategic Advisory, WSP and
Chair, CIRIA Driving Net Zero Carbon Community of Practice (Invited)

10:40 Introduction to topic and residential sector perspective
John Smith, Technical Director, Donaldson Timber

11:00 Engineered timber in the UK and abroad
David Miller, Director, David Miller Architects

11:20 Homegrown homes
Gary Newman, CEO, Woodknowledge Wales

11:40 Insurance risks

Ryan Jones, Senior Risk Consultant, QBE Europe Operations

12:00 Interactive discussion and Q&A

12:25 Closing remarks

To register please complete and return the booking form to Susan Richards.