postgraduate programme in Timber Technology
London’s first Timber Technology masters launched in response to growing demand.
The Cass at London Metropolitan University is launching the capital’s first postgraduate programme in Timber Technology. This will address key skills shortages in the architecture and construction sectors, stimulate economic growth, and respond to the growing demand for sustainable building.
England requires an estimated 240,000-340,000 new homes per year in order to tackle the housing shortfall. Research from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Timber Industry has identified timber as a potential solution to the housing crisis facing the country with all major political parties committed to supporting the building of new homes.
In June 2019, Architecture’s Subject Standards Board RIBA declared a ‘climate emergency’ with chief executive Alan Vallance stating: “RIBA Council’s commitment to the climate emergency declaration is an important moment for the institute and the profession – a catalyst for the further action and change that is needed to ensure that architects and the built environment sector are at the forefront of a zero-carbon future.”
As the only widely available construction material that allows for carbon negative construction, timber will be central to future sustainable development of London, the UK and internationally, with many local authorities establishing a ‘timber first’ approach to planning policy as part of a series of moves towards a green economy.