Demonstrator unit showcases timber potential for office retrofit

The Construction Index
August 19, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A modular demonstrator unit has been unveiled in Scotland by Built Environment – Smarter Transformation (BE-ST) to show how a timber kit-of-parts approach to retrofit could be the future of sustainable offices. Following the development of a blueprint design last year, Ecosystems Technologies – a specialist in advanced mass timber manufacturing – has created a fully functioning prototype to encourage adoption of the modular approach. Alongside the physical unit, an opensource free guide has been created by ThreeSixty Architecture to enable organisations to replicate the design and adapt it to different types and sizes of buildings, with the first office spaces already commissioned using the design expected to be occupied later this year. The project sponsor, BE-ST, is the organisation that used to be known as the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. Scottish businesses are invited to view the NearHome demonstrator unit to experience how the timber-focused design could support future sustainable workplace strategies. 

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