Environmental aspects of wood

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This module is a teaching aid for tutors delivering courses on the use and design of timber in engineering and architecture. Suggested reading is given for each unit, within each module.  You can also access the other resources such as Case Studies and Wood Information Sheets (full access for lecturers, partial for students) directly.


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.


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