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Mass Timber in the Circular Economy: Paradigm in Practice? Webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 22 March 2021
  • 17:30 - 18:45
Mass Timber in the Circular Economy: Paradigm in Practice? Webinar

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Mass timber products like cross-laminated timber (CLT) have increased in popularity in the past decades stimulating an interest understanding the whole life cycle assessment of wood-based products compared to other construction materials.

However, given their relative novelty, there is little actual experience of what happens to these products at the end of their life.

Despite being a major use of natural capital, biotic materials are also not often covered in discussions on construction and the circular economy, often focusing on existing material re-use. Models for the adoption of circular methods most appropriate for construction are also not always clear.

The paper discusses these issues from the point of view of a practising engineer looking to make better decisions on material use. It reviews different models for circularity and compares these against established sustainable construction ambitions. It proposes a simple model for construction circularity with key actions, and then reviews the use of mass timber against these, suggesting ways to improve design and construction to meet this ambition.

The presentation will also include updates on end of life data and methods since the original publication.

A copy of this Award-winning paper is available to download below.


17:15 - Registration
17:30 - Chair’s Introduction
17:35 - Presentation by Adrian Campbell
18:15 - Q&A Session
18:35 - Closing Remarks
18:45 - Event close


Dr. Priti Parikh

Dr. Priti Parikh

Dr Parikh is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Associate Professor at Bartlett, University College London. She has over 15 years of engineering industry experience in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK with consultancies to include hands-on experience of designing infrastructure for slums in partnership with local communities.

Dr. Parikh has championed the need for high quality research and engineering education to meet address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in resource challenged settings. She heads the interdisciplinary Engineering for International Development Research Centre which focusses on research in water, sanitation, and energy infrastructure in low-middle income countries. She was awarded the prestigious BBOXX/Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research fellowship focussing on energy access in sub-Sahara Africa through smart solar solutions. Dr. Parikh and her team use mixed-method approaches for research on sustainable and resilient infrastructure, environmental improvements and business models for resource constrained settings.

Dr. Parikh is a key influencer in her field, and has been recognised as an Engineers Without Borders Changemaker, as well as serving as chair of the editorial panel for the Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Sustainability Journal. She is a member of the board of trustees for the Happold Foundation and Engineers Against Poverty.

Adrian Campbell

Adrian Campbell

Adrian is structural engineer and founder of the collaborative engineering practice, changebuilding, and co-founder of the interdisciplinary group The Positive Collective exploring regenerative design and the housing crisis. Adrian works across the industry to help identify, research, develop and deliver solutions focused on low carbon and offsite construction.

He is a Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor in engineering for sustainable development and climate impact at the University of Southampton, and tutors on their architectural module.

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United Kingdom

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Barbara Etzi

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