Environmental aspects of wood

This module is a teaching aid for tutors delivering courses on the use and design of timber in engineering and architecture. There are also related materials such as case studies and information sheets referenced alongside each module, which will assist both students and lecturers.

The use of timber in construction is becoming increasingly popular because of its environmental merits.

It is one of the only inherently "renewable" building materials and has the additional advantage that both the growing tree and the manufactured wood product act as “carbon sinks”, locking in the carbon until the wood is broken down through decay or burning.

This module is designed to support engineering and architecture lecturers.

Units

Each of the following units can be downloaded separately, in line with teaching requirements and course progression.

Timber as a renewable material

This unit covers the following topics:

• Environmental benefits of timber
• Deforestation and replanting

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
50%

Sustainable sourcing

This unit covers the following topics:

• Sustainable management of forest (including certification and chain of custody)
• Temperate deciduous forests
• Temperate hardwoods
• Tropical hardwoods

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
50%

Low carbon and timber buildings

This unit covers the following topics:

• Carbon in association with buildings
• Sustainable timber production
• The contribution of timber to sustainable construction in service
• Thermal mass
• The contribution of timber to sustainable construction in manufacture and build
• Carbon sequestration

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
50%

Introduction to decarbonisation

This unit covers the following topics:

• Introduction to decarbonisation
• Low carbon transition plan

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
50%

Treatments and adhesives

This unit covers the following topics:

• From tree to finished component
• Modern preservation techniques and natural durability
• Adhesives

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
50%

Wood waste and reuse

This unit covers the following topics:

• The significance of different disposal routes
• Re-use
• Recycling
• Final disposal

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
50%

Introduction to the Life Cycle Assessment of timber

Life Cycle Assessment
This unit includes the following topics:
- Carbon and timber
- Timber life cycle

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
50%

Wood for Good Lifecycle Database

This unit covers the following topics:
- An introduction to the Wood for Good Lifecycle Database
- A summary of life cycle data for a range of wood and
wood-based products
- An explanation for using the Wood for Good database
- The significance of the information provided in the Wood for Good Lifecycle Database

Other relevant units in this module are Introduction to decarbonisation and
Wood waste and Reusing timber.

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
50%

Reusing timber

This unit covers the following topics:

• Reusing waste timber
• Recycling timber into other components
• Carbon capture and release

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
50%

Wood Information Sheets
Case studies
Eurocode software
Wood species database
Archive
TRADA books online


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