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An Evaluation of Offsite Timber Frame Manufacturers in Wales, UK

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Sustainability in Energy and Buildings

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The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship two (KESS2) doctoral project undertaken by the first author has contributed research towards work package 4 (WP4) of the Home-Grown Homes project (HGHP), focused on disrupting the challenges that can lead to a supply chain of home-grown timber (UK) for high performance and healthy homes. This paper discusses the element of research within WP4 that has evaluated the manufacturers of timber frame (TF) construction systems manufactured offsite. The Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme introduced in 2017 is helping to immensely incentivize the shift to offsite manufacturing (OSM) in Wales where increased systemization is requiring a profound re-think of how Wales conceives and delivers and shifts towards nearly zero-energy dwellings, from 2020. Context to the UK need to drive efficiencies in housing supply and performance is given, highlighting the current and future drivers for the development of OSM. This paper will be of interest to researchers engaged in projects to disrupt conventional thinking and investigate the challenges of using softwood timber, grown and processed offsite, for their own country and for the export markets within Europe.

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The KESS2 Ph.D. Scholarship has been supported by the Low Carbon, Energy and Environment/Advanced Engineering Grand Challenge Economic Areas Sectors, administered by the Welsh European Funding Office in conjunction with WKW Ltd.

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Zaccaro, F., Littlewood, J.R., Lancashire, R., Newman, G., Hedges, D. (2020). An Evaluation of Offsite Timber Frame Manufacturers in Wales, UK. In: Littlewood, J., Howlett, R., Capozzoli, A., Jain, L. (eds) Sustainability in Energy and Buildings. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, vol 163. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-32-9868-2_61

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