Material Considerations

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On 27 June a seminar took place to mark the launch of our Library of Sustainable Building Materials – Material Considerations. The event was well attended by an interesting mix of architects, designers, material suppliers, contractors and academic researchers, to name a few.

Speakers were invited from a number of organisations that have supported the development of the facility by donating products and materials and more formally with financial support to bring the facility to fruition. Presentations were well received and provided the basis for an interesting forum for discussion. Presentations were are follows:

Peter Wilson – Edinburgh Napier University – Building with Scottish materials – what’s new?

Andy Leitch – Forestry Commission Scotland – The Timber Development Programme – Valuing our Resources

David Kelly – BRE Scotland – Ravenscraig – Innovation Park – New ideas and approaches to construction and placemaking

Stephen Good – CCG – The benefits of MMC in supporting a home grown sustainable economy

Bruce Newlands – Kraft Architecture – Opportunities – rediscovering the value of indigenous materials and support for innovation in development of ideas

Copies of all presentations are available to download opposite.

The purpose of the Library is to showcase sustainable, traditional and emerging low carbon building materials and products in general and to promote and encourage innovation in construction in Scotland using indigenous resources. Supported by the Forestry Commission and the Scottish Government, it will give clients, architects, builders and students an opportunity to get hands on with a wide range of sustainable, traditional and emerging low carbon building materials – from timber and stone to sheep’s wool – while learning about each material’s sustainability credentials and the contribution that these can make in supporting sustainable communities.

The library supports A&DS’s Sust. Programme’s promotion of innovation in construction in Scotland and the Scottish Government’s commitments to the development of a greener, low carbon economy. The library also complements our online resource – The Green Directory – www.thegreendirectory.org.

The Library is now open to the public and is open Monday – Sunday 10:30-17:00 Level 2, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU.

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