Waugh Thistleton architects represents UK in Multi-million euro drive to combat climate change with wood buildings @WaughThistleton

London based Waugh Thistleton Architects has been selected as the only UK partner in a new EU
consortium targeting the reduction of CO2 emissions through increased use of wood for multi-storey

buildings. Build-in-Wood is a €8.6 million project awarded by Horizon 2020.
The project is made up of a consortium of 21 partners. Its goal is to make wood the main choice of
material for construction of multi-storey buildings. Kirsten Haggart of Waugh Thistleton explains
“widespread construction of multi-storey wood buildings would significantly reduce the construction
sector’s CO2 emissions. Trees and are still the best method of carbon capture on earth. Our goal is to
create a tall timber building kit of parts that optimises current timber technology. The system will be
used as an exemplar of timber technology to dispel the barriers to timber adoption within the
The consortium partners represent the entire value chain from building materials to the finished
structure with input from universities who will test the system and material prototypes. In addition
to designing building systems, the project also involves manufacturers, end users, politicians, and
local European communities to increase the knowledge and acceptance of wood as a building

European demand for construction of apartments is estimated at 1.6 million units annually between

Build-in-Wood is receiving funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and
innovation programme under grant agreement No 862820 and runs for four years from September
2019 to August 2023. Consortium partners are:

Danish Technological Institute (Coordinator) Denmark

The Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology Norway
C.F. Møller Sweden

National Technical University of Athens Greece
Urbasofia SRL Romania

Brasov Metropolitan Agency Romania

Waugh Thistleton Architects Ltd United Kingdom

The Alexandra Institute Denmark

University of Siena Italy

proHolz Tirol Austria

Bimetica Parametric Design Services S.L. Spain

Rotho Blaas SRL Italy

rtd services OG Austria

Adserballe & Knudsen A/S Denmark

Ergodomus Timber Engineering Italy

Habitech – Distretto Tecnologico Trentino S.c.a r.l. Italy

Splitkon AS Norway

Knauf Gips KG Germany

Scandi Byg A/S Denmark

hsbCAD GmbH Germany

EllisDon Canada

About Waugh Thistleton Architects: Waugh Thistleton Architects is an award winning, research
oriented practice that puts high quality architecture and environmental responsibility at the core of
its work. Waugh Thistleton focuses not only on energy in use, but crucially on low embodied carbon
and innovative construction methods. The practice passionately believes that sustainability and
world class design solutions are one and the same. Using the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle
they produce innovative and imaginative design solutions that harness leading technologies.
Having designed their first cross laminated timber building 15 years ago, Waugh Thistleton built the
world’s first urban housing project constructed entirely from pre-fabricated engineered timber and
subsequently the world’s largest CLT building firmly establishing the practice’s reputation as a world
leader in timber design and offsite construction.
Waugh Thistleton has experience delivering a diverse range of building types, including affordable
housing, private residential projects, commercial spaces, mixed-use, cultural and leisure. The quality
of their buildings and commitment to the use of offsite construction has earned the practice an
international reputation in environmentally viable architecture and design.