World exclusive – we can grow our own building materials. Ground breaking discovery!

the latest timber building to the fleet. the soon to be launched. NT Penrhyn Castle visitor centre. Grown, harvested and milled 4 miles away at the Faenol

The latest timber building to the fleet. The soon to be launched NT Penrhyn Castle visitor centre. Grown, harvested and milled four miles away at the Faenol

Imagine a carbon locking material that can be made only water, solar energy and some trace minerals. This material is both durable, strong, waterproof and above all looks great. This new damned fangled material is not favoured by many mainstream builders, architects and engineers.  It is often simply used for decoration, soften the look of steel, clad concrete and cover breeze block. At the end of its life this which can be many hundreds of years if looked after is neither hazardous, toxic or in fact take up valuable room in landfill. It can be re-used… and this miracle material? I supposed the images are a bit of a giveaway. Wood…

the Hafod y Llan tubine building. Oh and the Hafod y Porth Turbine building and the Gorsen Hydro turing building made from Larch from the Ysbyty Ifan Estate

the Hafod y Llan turbine building. Oh and the Hafod y Porth Turbine building and the Gorsen Hydro turing building made from Larch from the Ysbyty Ifan Estate

Ecological footprint, vernacular, healthy building, carbon footprint and the list goes on. The NT is not holier than though in terms of use of other materials for speed, performance, use or simply what we have always used to and so on. But I can say hand on heart we are getting better! There are still building regulation challenges, organising a project to include wood, design the structure challenges of timber. This miracle material needs a lot more support to become more mainstream. Imagine if scientists found this ‘wood’ martial today and launched it on the world with its performance CV. We’d think it was a miracle material. But why don’t we recognise this aspect today? There are beams of cedar of Lebanon still doing their original work inside the pyramids, elm drains under chester from roman times and so on. Wood is good in the C21

the faenol wardens base near bangor. made from timber which was harvested some 500m away (thats meters not miles). the roof is shingled in that useless wood. Leylandii (but is really good for cladding)

The Faenol wardens base near Bangor. made from timber which was harvested some 500m away (That’s meters not miles). the roof is shingled in that useless wood. Leylandii (but it’s really good for cladding)

Mills - Milling new campsite furniture from timber which was felled 2 miles away from Hafod y Llan

Mills – Milling new campsite furniture from timber which was felled 2 miles away from Hafod y Llan

...and the bits you dont build out of keeps you warm, biodiversity habitats, furniture and so on.

…and the bits you don’t build out of keeps you warm, biodiversity habitats, furniture and so on.

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One Response to World exclusive – we can grow our own building materials. Ground breaking discovery!

  1. Tim Brittain says:

    Totally agree wood is an underused resource. Do the NT make available plans and specifications of buildings like the Faenol Wardens base or Penrhyn Castle visitor centre which people could use as a good start point for a project. Alternatively could you provide name of architect who produced spec/plans or are they NT staff functions?
    Great Blog by the way!.

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