Although solid timber building materials/components (e.g. glulam beams, cross-laminated timber) are mainly imported in the United Kingdom, their use in construction has expanded dramatically over recent years in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and to aspire towards carbon neutral
construction. This paper features a case study of the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Sustainable Chemistry Building, for the University of Nottingham which was designed to attain a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating of ‘Outstanding’ and LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ‘Platinum’ rating. The low embodied carbon/energy of the glulam beams and columns, the cross-laminated timber walls, and wood fibre thermal insulation was seen as a major contributor to the building’s aspiration to achieve carbon
neutral status after 25 years. It is concluded that solid timber construction has an important role to play in future low-zero carbon construction in the UK, but that issues such as fire protection during construction may need further consideration.
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carbon neutral construction;
cross laminated timber;
Document Type: Research Article
University of Nottingham, UK Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, United Kingdom, Email: [email protected]
August 20, 2015
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