STA launches white paper to increase the use of timber

  • 12 Apr 2022

The Structural Timber Association (STA) has released a white paper that demonstrates the vital role timber has in helping the UK achieve Net Zero status by 2050. 

The white paper ‘Increased Use of Timber’ explores the stark reality that, without intervention and meaningful change, climate change and its effects will continue to worsen. Contributing an estimated 50% of the UK’s total carbon emissions, it is little surprise that the Government has placed a particular emphasis on the built environment in its efforts to reach net zero. 

The Build Back Greener Strategy Document, released in October last year, is the Government’s attempt to address the impact of UK construction. The strategy outlines a clear intent to support the use of sustainable materials within construction, with timber being specifically identified as a key material.  



The STA’s white paper explains why timber has been singled out, by highlighting its exceptional sustainable properties, including its ability to sequester 0.9 tonnes of carbon per metre cubed, as well as its stance as the only truly renewable building resource. It also looks at the construction advantages of structural timber, such as fast build times, and how these can assist with current issues, including the UK’s housing crisis.

Andrew Orriss, from the Structural Timber Association, comments: “We have reached a tipping point in the fight against climate change. It is clear that for the UK to succeed in its efforts to achieve Net Zero status by 2050, we must see an increased use of timber within construction. 

“We are aware of the barriers that have to be overcome, particularly regarding safety concerns, so we are increasing dialogue with the insurance sector.

“The STA continues to conduct research into fire safety and timber construction and is also a key member of the Timber in Construction Working Group, tasked with developing a policy roadmap to help the Government deliver on its Net Zero commitments. 

“Education for all involved is key and the STA can support the construction industry in better understanding of the use of structural timber through its technical guidance and research.” 

To download the white paper, click the link.

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