Eight participatory events over 10 months (February to November 2020)

Last Thursday of each month (excluding July / August 2020) )

Complementary webinars, blogs, masterclasses Building visits / Factory visits (UK and Europe)

  • 27 FEB 2020

    Inspiration Day


    The Mass Timber Academy’s core event programme for 2020 opens with ‘Inspiration Day’ - a full-day, conference that explores all of the solid laminate timber systems currently available and their potential value to a future circular economy. Each technology is examined through the eyes of architects, engineers, manufacturers and contractors, with multiple case studies of seminal mass timber buildings setting the scene for more detailed technical scrutiny in the six ‘Intrapreneur Intensive’ events that follow at monthly intervals.

    27 February 2020, 09:00 - 17:00

    Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Queen Street, EH2 1JQ

  • 3 SEPT 2020

    Intrapreneur Intensive # 1 -
    Engineered timber and timber engineering 

    The range of engineered timber products now available, together with new approaches to timber engineering - especially in the area of tall structures - has continued to push the boundaries of advanced timber technology to new and previously unimagined possibilities. The objective of the event is to highlight the structural design opportunities offered by the various mass timber technologies - alone or in combination - and to provide fundamental information and guidance on these to practising engineers.

    26 March 2020, 12:30 - 17:00

    Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, EH1 1LZ

  • 24 SEPT 2020

    Intrapreneur Intensive # 2 -
    Fire Issues in Mass Timber

    Fire has always been a primary consideration when building with timber, but the subject has taken on new significance in recent years, with engineered timber buildings becoming ever taller and more complex in design and construction. Regulatory change too, has impacted heavily upon the fire engineering of mass timber structures and the importance of embracing fire prevention principles and systems from the outset of project design is now paramount and demands awareness of the most up-to-date developments in this field. 

    24 September 2020, 12:30 - 17:00

    Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, EH1 1LZ

  • 1 OCT 2020

    Intrapreneur Intensive # 2 - Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)

    Cross Laminated Timber has been described as the material of the 21st century but while its use in construction may look simple, there is far more to the design and engineering of this subtractive technology than meets the eye. Softwood or hardwood, curved or self-curving, connection details and fixings, durability and moisture control: in combination, these issues demand early development stage decision-making and design to ensure difficult and expensive changes are to be avoided later. 

    30 April 2020, 12:30 - 17:00

    Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, EH1 1LZ

  • 29 OCT 2020

    Intrapreneur Intensive # 3 - Dowel & Nail Laminated Timber (DLT & NLT)

    Non-glued timber systems such as dowel laminated timber and nail laminated timber are less well known or used  than other mass timber products, but nevertheless offer a range of low technology manufacturing possibilities as well as health and circular economy benefits. Whether prefabricated in a factory or as part of a localised bespoke manufacturing process, the similarities and differences between dowel and nail laminating techniques each require a fundamental understanding of the properties of the timber species involved. 

    29 October 2020, 12:30 - 17:00

    Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, EH1 1LZ

  • 26 NOV 2020

    Innovation Day


    The final event in the Mass Timber Academy’s 2020 core event programme explores the future uses and market development likely with the various solid laminate timber technologies currently available to the construction sector. The latest research and development into the creation of new mass timber products and connection technologies as well as further, ongoing technical improvements and sophistications in mass timber design and construction build upon the knowledge already gained throughout the Mass Timber Academy programme and set the scene for further innovation. 

    26 November 2020, 08:30 - 17:00

    Edinburgh - Location TBC

  • 28 JAN 2021

    Intrapreneur Intensive # 4 -
    Glue Laminated Timber (Glulam)

    Of all the solid laminated timber systems now available, Glulam beams are easily the most used and most recognisable, the technology having been around for a very long time. Familiarity can, however, introduce complacency and a lack of awareness of recent developments in this area. Curved and double curved beams, long span undulating structures, interlocking grid systems, hardwood and softwood solutions, modular hybrid timber systems: all these and more offer architects and engineers an expanded palette of design opportunity.

    28 May 2020, 12:30 - 17:00

    Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, EH1 1LZ

  • 25 FEB 2021

    Intrapreneur Intensive # 5 -
    Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL)

    Stronger than steel and lighter in weight than concrete, the properties and potential uses of Laminated Veneer Lumber remain relatively unknown amongst architects and engineers. To date, UK applications of this remarkable product have mainly been found in the domestic construction market, but increasing numbers of commercial buildings constructed from LVL are emerging. Whether long-span beams, tall columns, or as rib, box or mass panel elements or long flat or twisting plates, LVL is a precision manufactured product that offers infinite design possibilities.

    25 June 2020, 12:30 - 17:00

    Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, EH1 1LZ


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