Best Use of Timber Awards – Exhibitions
Since 2012 the Best Use of Timber Awards exhibition has showcased the winner and shortlisted entries to the annual RIAS Awards scheme, which with Forestry Commission Scotland and Wood for Good combined to sponsor this new award. The Award is aimed at encouraging innovative and creative use of timber in new buildings in Scotland.
The award seeks to stimulate greater appreciation of home grown timber and its potential for use in construction, with added consideration given to thoughtful and appropriate use of different species. Technical competence is of course paramount and the design and detail of how the timber is used was as much a part of the assessment criteria as imagination and overall architectural excellence. There is no restriction on building type or scale of project – from small to large and from domestic to commercial, the challenge is to show how suited the use of timber is to the development of new architecture in Scotland.