Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing Scotland and the world today. The materials we choose and how we design our buildings have a significant impact on responding to a changing climate and helps us reduce carbon emissions. Using locally sourced and sustainably grown timber is a key part in tackling the climate emergency. It helps us move to a circular economy which eliminates waste and achieves the continual use of resources. The annual Best Use of Timber Awards recognise innovative and creative use of timber in buildings in Scotland. Part of the annual RIAS Awards scheme, the award is sponsored by Scottish Forestry and Wood for Good.
Potential of Timber
The award demonstrates the potential of home-grown timber, as well as showing how different species of timber can create a range of inspiring spaces. The projects range from small to large and from domestic to commercial – all showcasing the benefit of timber in new architecture in Scotland. Technical competence is of course paramount and the design and detail of how the timber is used is as much a part of the assessment criteria as the imagination and overall architectural excellence. The shortlisted and winning projects in 2019’s awards demonstrate this fully.
Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials has been based at The Lighthouse, Glasgow since 2012. This web based resource showcases sustainable, traditional, innovative, recycled and low carbon building materials.This resource will interest construction professionals, architects, builders, home-owners and students alike and offers the opportunity for visitors to: