WoodFest comes to Cardiff

    WoodFest Cardiff is coming to Wales to celebrate how the
    country is using wood in design and construction.

    Taking place
    between February and May and featuring a variety of events, WoodFest Cardiff
    will focus on low carbon housing, connecting communities, local timber and
    healthy building products. It is organised by the UK timber industry’s
    campaign, Wood for Good,
    in collaboration with The Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA), Woodknowledge
    Wales, Western Timber
    Trade Association (WTTA) and many more.

    As the climate
    emergency continues to dominate the news agenda, WoodFest Cardiff will
    demonstrate how building with wood can help. A series of events, seminars,
    exhibitions and site visits will take place throughout the coming months.
    WoodFest Cardiff is a learning and knowledge-sharing opportunity for
    architects, engineers, placemakers, planners, developers, contractors, industry
    and political professionals.

    One of the
    highlights of WoodFest Cardiff is TRADA’s annual university challenge. Hosted at Cardiff University between
    17 and 19 February, 60 students from 30 UK universities will showcase their
    talent by creating a design concept for a sustainable housing community using
    timber. The brief is given by Wales & West Housing, with judges from a broad cross-section of disciplines such as
    engineering, architecture and landscape architecture, including 2019’s Stirling
    Prize winner, architectural practice, Mikhail Riches.

    During the
    university challenge, Cardiff University will be hosting an evening event
    dedicated to building performance. The keynote speakers are energy consultants
    Nick Grant, from Elemental Solutions, and Sally Godber, of WARM, who will share
    how to achieve Passivhaus standards and their experience of using timber.

    The Royal
    Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will host a series of events. Workshops
    exploring the concept of Active Building will be held in Swansea on 20 February and in Cardiff on 27 February. Sustainable design in historic buildings is the theme for a seminar in
    Machynlleth on 30 March and an interactive seminar on Inclusive Environments will conclude RIBA’s events in Cardiff
    on 22 April.

    Further events,
    held by Woodknowledge Wales, include the following:

    • Rob Thomas, director and
      architect at r+m studio in Cardiff, will talk about the exemplar zero
      carbon build solution developed as part of the Home-Grown Homes Project
      (HGHP), at the Welsh School of Architecture in February.
    • A TRADA event exploring timber
      construction and manufacturing as part of the HGHP research on better
      manufacturing homes will take place on 19 March.
    • Cardiff Metropolitan University
      is hosting an invite-only pilot day on measuring building performance on 7
      May with Diana Waldron, lead on building performance within HGHP.
    • Jane Anderson from the Alliance
      of Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) will deliver an invite-only
      workshop on embodied carbon alongside Pentan Architects on 20 May.

    Lellig, Wood for Good campaign director, said:

    “WoodFest is
    proving to be a successful way to bring together the key people involved with
    design and construction to discuss the benefits of timber or to share their

    “The built
    environment is under scrutiny in terms of the environmental impact that
    buildings have on the planet. WoodFest is an opportunity to learn more about
    decarbonisation and net zero carbon emissions and how wood can be part of the
    solution to this global issue.”

    Keep up to date
    with the latest events for WoodFest at www.woodforgood.com