Timber manufacturer Södra has celebrated its 80th birthday.
At the event marking the occasion, Jörgen Lindquist, President of Södra Wood discussed the sustainability and efficiency benefits of timber and noted the company’s ambition to become fossil free by 2020. Södra also invited Andrew Waugh, Director of Waugh Thistleton Architects, who discussed the benefits of CLT (cross-laminated timber) and how it has helped his company build faster, low waste, thermally efficient buildings with a less disruptive and polluting construction process.
Södra is Sweden’s largest forest-owner association, with 51,000 forest owners as its members. Södra Wood Ltd aims to be the UK and Ireland’s market leading supply partner of planed structural timber, engineered wood products and timber treater to the roof truss, timber frame, timber and builders’ merchants and industrial markets.
Jeremy English, Sales Director at Södra believes that timber could provide a solution to the UK housing crisis. He said: “What’s clear is that the construction industry cannot possibly deliver these new homes using traditional building methods alone. 2018 will see scrutiny turn toward how these houses will be built; how quickly they can be built; and how much money they’re likely to cost. Timber may prove to be just the answer.
“It can help developers adopt less labour intensive, offsite building techniques to build more quickly and reduce dependence on traditional labour. It enables quicker, cheaper and less disruptive construction, with a more attractive end-product than many traditional methods. Quiet to build with and naturally lightweight, it’s also ideal for brownfield site construction, urban development and building above underground structures, such as Crossrail 2.”