Sustainability

We pride ourselves on working with our planet’s only renewable building material – timber, the solution to achieving net zero carbon targets. It is ecological and sustainable and a truly remarkable structural material. When it comes to a sustainable built environment, material choices matter. Wood is a natural, renewable and sustainable material for building, with a lighter carbon footprint than steel or concrete, providing sustainable homes and sustainable building solutions. As a timber frame manufacturer we have been working using a sustainable building method for over 45 years.

 
  • Maximizing wood use through timber frame in both residential and commercial construction will remove millions of tons of CO2 from the atmosphere annually.
  • Wood stores carbon and, with the least embodied energy of all major building materials, it requires less energy from harvest to transport, manufacturing, installation, maintenance and disposal or recycling.
  • We have an award-winning energy efficient fabric solution in our Sigma® II build system – Housebuilders’ Best Building Fabric Product 2020 winner.
  • Harvesting and replanting increases the forests’ carbon sink potential as the rate of sequestration is greater during young, vigorous growth.
  • Active forest management, or forest thinning, mitigates wildfires, cuts carbon emissions, expands wildlife habitats, and creates jobs in rural areas.
  • Every timber frame building we produce for our clients is a fabric-first low carbon building. 
  • Our offsite solutions have lower embodied carbon than masonry.

Our Sustainability Strategy

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Our People

Our focus is to develop a culture of sustainability across our business ensuring that employees become ambassadors for doing the right thing for our people, our planet and our products.

Our Planet

Our ambition is to minimise our use of materials and energy, reduce waste generation and maximise low carbon opportunities through our own activities and those of our clients, where we can influence them.

Our Product

Our ambition is to work in partnership with our supply chain and installation partners to operate responsibly and resource efficiently to strengthen our supply of energy efficient low carbon building systems.

Our Headline Measures

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Our Sustainability Track Record

Taylor Wimpey at Hemlington

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Taylor Wimpey at Hemlington

An efficient and cost-effective solution to fully supply and install 237 units at their North Yorkshire development

Barratt Lavender Grange, Lower Stondon

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Barratt Lavender Grange, Lower Stondon

Building ahead of schedule to create a community in the village of Lower Stondon

Working with Watford Community Housing

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Working with Watford Community Housing

Former garage sites repurposed as affordable housing

AIMCH

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AIMCH

Innovation Consortium set to modernise how we build homes

The Sigma House 2007

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The Sigma House 2007

In 2007 Stewart Milne Group built the Sigma Home, the first home in the UK designed to Level 5 of the Code…

AIMC4

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AIMC4

The award winning innovation partnership for fabric first, fit and forget energy efficient homes

 

Net Zero Carbon

Using timber in construction is so important to help meet the net zero carbon targets set by government and industry bodies alike. Building sustainable homes is a key focus and the use of timber frame in construction achieves that focus. Converting timber into a workable construction product for timber frame homes uses far less energy and creates far less pollution than other primary materials such as brick and blocks, steel and concrete. Naturally as a timber frame manufacturer any waste timber that we produce is 100% recyclable and is repurposed. We know that low carbon housing will help meet future energy needs and have a positive impact on addressing climate change issues. This is why we’re proud to build with timber.

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#TimeforTimber campaign

We support the #TimeforTimber campaign which explains how timber construction can help support the economy and help us reach our net zero carbon targets by 2050. Have a look at the campaign video and listen to what some of the industry’s leading experts have to say on the subject. You can read more about the campaign at timefortimber.org

 

Wood for Good

Using more wood can help us reduce CO2 and fight climate change. We are therefore supporting the Wood for Good “Wood CO2ts Less” campaign which aims to promote the use of all wood products as low carbon materials, illustrating how using wood can help reduce CO2 in the atmosphere and contribute to slowing climate heating.

Learn more about Wood for Good

 

The substitution of wood for carbon-intensive materials is one of the most effective ways to use limited biomass resources to mitigate climate change

The Committee on Climate Change,
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Our latest insights into sustainability

Not all sustainability terms are carbon copies!

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Not all sustainability terms are carbon copies!

A commentary on defining sustainability terms so that we can set improvement targets.

Recycling timber waste

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Recycling timber waste

How we work with Giffords to turn timber waste into soft play areas and horse bedding

Fabric Performance

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