Woodknowledge Wales Timber Cladding Event

16 Nov
Wednesday 16th November 2016
9.15am - 11.30am
Bron Afon Community Housing, Llantarnam Industrial Park, Cwmbran, NP44 3AB

The aim of this timber cladding CPD is to enable participants to understand how to successfully specify and use timber rain screens.   The event will be of benefit to clients, architects, specifiers, planning and building control officers as well as sawmills and timber suppliers.

Timber is increasingly being used as a high performance rain screen. It is a durable low carbon solution that can also be grown and processed in Wales. Timber offers design freedom, but also brings technical challenges, which if not understood and addressed can lead to reduced performance.  This event brings together leading industry experts who will illustrate how a basic understanding of the principles of wood science and moisture movement in timber can lead to better design and performance of timber rain screens.


9:15          Registration
9:45          Welcome – Rob Panou – Bron Afon Community Housing
9:50          Gary Newman - Chair of Woodknowledge Wales Introduction Woodknowledge Wales and the Campaign for Timber Cladding
10:00        Niall Maxwell – Rural Office for Architecture. An architect's perspective on timber cladding
10:20          Dainis Dauksta - Wood Scientist and sawmiller Basic principles of wood science Understanding moisture movement in timber -  maximising performance through design
11:00         Prof Callum Hill.  Director JCH Industrial Ecology Ltd Maximising performance through innovations in chemical treatments
11:20         Gary Newman, Chair of Woodknowledge Wales Comments and questions
11:30         Tea/coffee and networking

Niall Maxwell RIBA, FRSA

Niall is principal of Rural Office for Architecture (ROA), an architectural practice based in rural West Wales working on a range of residential and cultural projects across the UK.  Classified as regionalists, the practice works predominantly within rural or vernacular settings, responding to the context and surroundings of each particular site.  ROA was recently selected by the Architecture Foundation as one of the best emerging practices in the UK.

Prof. Callum Hill

Callum was a senior lecturer in wood science at Bangor University before taking up the post as Professor of Materials Science at the Centre for Timber Engineering, Edinburgh. Callum is now a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bath and a Visiting Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research and is also developing his consultancy (JCH Industrial Ecology). He has authored over 180 research papers, six book chapters and two text books (Wood Modification: Chemical, Thermal and Other Processes – John Wiley and Sons; An Introduction to Sustainable Resource Use – Routledge).

Dainis Dauksta

Dainis is MD of Wood Science Ltd, consultant and researcher for WKW and a visiting wood science lecturer for City and Guilds London School of Art. Dainis has worked in the field of forestry and design of timber structures for more than 25 years. With Woodknowledge Wales, LCRI and BRE Dainis has completed over 10,000 hours of research and published six major reports which demonstrate the potential for and desirability of using homegrown softwoods in construction.  Dainis has co-authored the book "New Perspectives on People and Forests" with Eva Ritter.

Gary Newman

Gary is the Chair of Woodknowledge Wales and is also founder and Chair of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products - an organisation committed to bringing product sustainability, resource use and the principles of the circular economy to the centre of the construction debate.  Gary is a construction engineer by training and early career. After completing a wood science masters at Bangor University, Gary established Plant Fibre Technology Ltd and has been instrumental in taking a number of plant based products from concept to market.

How to book: To reserve your place please email Ceri Loxton