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Timber tops the agenda for WoodFest Sheffield

WoodFest comes to Sheffield in
February with a focus on health and wellbeing, low carbon, circular economy,
building performance, offsite construction and modular design.

month-long event will feature wood in design and construction throughout
Sheffield and Yorkshire. The programme includes an exciting line-up of events,
seminars, exhibitions and challenges celebrating the versatility and
sustainability of building with wood, organised by the UK timber industry’s
campaign, Wood for Good.

Lellig, Wood for Good campaign director, said:

Sheffield promises to offer a fantastic opportunity to bring all those involved
with the built environment to explore what can be achieved when we work

event is a chance to learn and share about the use of timber in architecture,
particularly around health and wellbeing and offsite construction. It provides
a platform to discover what’s happening in the region and to be inspired by
timber design.”

kicks off on 7 February with Small
Project / Big Challenge, an evening seminar with sustainability-focused
Sheffield architects Paul Testa Architecture and Jon Carr Structural Design
along with Sheffield University. They will discuss design and structural
challenges with examples including the multi-award-winning Hen House.

8 and 9 February TRADA will run its annual
student challenge at Sheffield University for students of engineering,
architecture, architectural technology, quantity surveying and landscape
architecture. Judged by high profile engineers, architects and quantity
surveyors, multi-disciplinary teams will compete in an intense 48-hour
challenge to design an exemplary student accommodation predominantly from

21 February, Sheffield-based consultancy, Ollio, and experts from the Kollider
projects will host a healthy building evening seminar along with a networking
and drinks reception.

tour of timber door, window and stair manufacturer JELD-WEN’s
production facilities will take place at 10am on 28 February. This will
offer the chance to see first-hand how timber doors are made in the company’s
Sheffield factory, from the timber arriving on-site through to the finished
product leaving for distribution. The tour will include a presentation followed
by a drinks reception for all attendees.

forests in a sustainable way is vital to protect these important ecosystems,
reduce the impact of climate change and to preserve plant and animal species
for the future. On 28 February, the PEFC (the Programme for the Endorsement of
Forest Certification) will deliver a lunchtime
CPD to explain how to procure sustainable timber and timber from
sustainably managed forests.

events include window-specialist Bereco hosting a CPD session on noise and
health in the build environment at their Sheffield showroom.  There will
be a behind-the-scenes tour with Sheffield timber merchant Arnold Laver
including a networking lunch, followed by an afternoon CPD. Visitors will have the
opportunity to see their production facilities including roof truss
manufacturing and its treatment plant.

examples of great architecture and design, such as the Hunt House – featured in
The Modern Timber House in the UK book, will offer visits focussed on
sustainability and wellbeing within the Sheffield region. This will be followed
by an exhibition and further evening event on offsite construction and modular
design at The Arts Tower.

checking the WoodFest
Sheffield web page to book your place, find out more details, confirm
dates and see further added events.

include: Arnold Laver; Bereco; Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber;
Halliday Clark Architects; IstructE; JELD-WEN; Paul Testa Architecture; PEFC
UK; Sheffield University and TRADA.

your place for any of the WoodFest Sheffield events here.