Navigating Structural Timber Construction To Address Net Zero

Tuesday 2nd July 2024 – 09.00am – 12:00pm
RIBA, Portland Place, London W1

Andrew joined the UK construction industry in 1977 with the manufacturing giant CRH and held a series of sales and business development roles in his early years. It was the ground-breaking Rethinking Construction Report of 1998 that was to change Andrew’s career path as he became involved in change management and best practice, first within CRH and then later as a Board Member and Director of Constructing Excellence. During this time, he was the inaugural chair of the national ‘Best Practice’ Club network and the public face of Constructing Excellence being responsible for marketing, events, communications and membership. From 2008 – 2010 he worked as a consultant in ‘lean’ measures, which included Andrew helping to set up and then become one of the first fifteen students of the CWA (Collaborative Working Academy)’ Diploma in collaboration in construction’. Andrew was delighted to be asked to become Chief Executive of the Structural Timber (then the UKTFA) in January 2011. Andrew is now helping to spearhead the drive for Sustainable Construction using more structural timber in construction with a ‘Fabric First’ approach. Andrew was Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence South West from September 2013 – November 2022 and is currently Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence Midlands, first appointed in May 2018. In 2011 Andrew was rewarded for his services to best practice within the UK construction industry by being awarded the ‘Achiever Award’ in the 2011 CIOB/CESW South West Built Environment Awards. Andrew is also currently a member of the Construction Leadership Council Construct Zero Board and sits on the Government’s Timber in Construction Working Group.


09:15am – 09:35am

Jerry founded Tate+Co in 2007. He is driven by his desire to generate creative, pragmatic and unique solutions for each project that have a positive impact on our built and natural environment. Jerry is an active member of the construction industry community and is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He is frequently invited to lecture, notably at Education Estates, the Carpenters Fellowship and Ecobuild, as well as contribute to architecture publications, including the Architects Journal, Building Design, Sustain, and World Architecture News. He has taught at Harvard University, run a timber design and make course for the Dartmoor Arts organisation and was Regnier Visiting Professor for Kansas State University’s Architecture School in 2021/22. Currently Jerry teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.


09:35am – 09:55am – Timber Construction and Whole Life Carbon

Chris has held a variety of roles in the world of timber and sustainability. He was Technical Director at TopHat, but has also worked in panelised timber frame. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Environmentalist.


09:55am – 10:15am


10:15am – 10:40am – Break


10:40am – 11:00am Warped and Cantilevered Engineered Timber

Professor Alex de Rijke is a founding Director of dRMM, having established the practice in 1995 with Philip Marsh and Sadie Morgan. He is a design champion, responsible for the concept, construction and delivery of dRMM’s timber projects including Sliding House, Kingsdale School, WorkStack, Tower of Love, Endless Stair, WoodBlock House, Maggie’s Oldham, and the Stirling Prize-winning Hastings Pier. De Rijke was appointed as the first ever Professor of Timber Architecture at TU Delft in 2023 and has extensive teaching experience at various institutions including London South Bank University, the Düsseldorf School of Architecture, and the Architectural Association. He was Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art from 2011-2015, instigating a new culture of making and prototyping.


11:00am – 11:20am

Since establishing Waugh Thistleton Architects in 1997, Anthony and Andrew Waugh have dedicated themselves to sustainability in architectural practice and materially reducing the impact of both energy use and embodied energy in construction, culminating in the completion of Murray Grove, the worlds first tall CLT structure in 1997. Since then, they have been at the forefront of the utilisation of mass timber in construction, with around 25 completed projects across a range of scales and types. Anthony lectures extensively on the use and future of engineered timber and modular solutions and, through an international network of CLT and timber producers, he is linked to the entire engineered timber supply chain from foresters to producers and end users. He is a board member of TDUK and a member of the Forest Economy Coalition.


11:20am – 11:40amThe RIBA Climate Challenge; the UK net zero building standards and what RIBA targets there are and how timber is accounted for and how it is used

Jess Hrivnak is the RIBA’s Technical Adviser for Sustainability. She leads the Institute’s work on the UK Net Zero Carbon Building Standard as a member of Standard’s Technical Steering Group. At RIBA she is responsible for the 2030 Climate Challenge guidance and the Chartered Practice Sustainable Development Toolkit. She works collaboratively within the Institute and with partner organisations to improve climate literacy, align design targets, strategies and processes- focussing on design guidance on improving planetary and human health outcomes. She also works independently, and tutors and lectures at Universities in the UK on environmental design and sustainability policy. During her career she has worked as a sustainability consultant across the construction industry: with BioRegional, 3Adapt and at Max Fordham LLP, where she was a Partner.


11:40am – 11:55amSpeaker Panel Discussion – Q&A


11:55am – 12:00pmMOU signing and close of conference

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