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PEFC Sponsors TRADA’s University Challenge

Published on 24 December 2018

PEFC UK is proud to sponsor TRADA’s 2019 University Challenge. The challenge is set as part of TRADA’s university engagement programme and aims to inspire the architects and engineers of the future to think differently about using timber to design the next generation of iconic timber structures.Proud Supporter Vertical Lr (002)

As the world’s leading forest certification system, PEFC recognises the importance of raising awareness of the need for responsible sourcing to those specifying wood for their projects. As today’s students will be tomorrow’s design and construction professionals, our sponsorship will enable us promote long-term sustainability and the importance of specifying responsibly-sourced timber.

The competition is open to students in their final year of architecture, engineering and landscape architecture related studies. Students with an interest in furthering their knowledge of timber as part of a multi-disciplinary student team, are all invited to compete. Design professionals and industry experts will be on-hand throughout the competition to provide information, support and guidance.

This year’s challenge is to design ‘student accommodation’ with a live site chosen to give the scheme authenticity with genuine constraints, creating a stimulating real-life experience. Engineered timber such as PEFC-certified cross laminated timber (CLT) is an increasingly popular choice of material for this type of project, as is seen in many schemes including the stylish, award-winning Blackdale campus at the University of East Anglia, that comprised two blocks of 520 units, ranging from three to seven storeys high and saw 935.3 tonnes of carbon sequestered though its use of timber.

For 2019, 60 students from 30 universities from across the UK will take part in the final ‘charrette style’ challenge on 8 and 9 February 2019 at Sheffield University – PEFC’s UK’s home city. The students will form 12 multi-disciplinary teams to compete for cash prizes and the prestige of winning TRADA’s University Challenge. The competition is an incredible opportunity for students to engage with timber industry leaders and gain practical insights into working with timber and for the design and industry professionals to engage with ‘tomorrow’s timber talent’.

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