Sustainability in Construction: Glulam Solutions

We’re delighted to say that the Build It Aberdeen Construction and Property Conference will return in 2020, just with some adjustments.

Build It Aberdeen will be hosted virtually for the very first time and will now take place over four mornings from the 17th to the 20th of November 2020.

One company that is excited to embrace the new format is Glulam Solutions. Supporting the event from the beginning, Director Syd Birnie even presented at last year’s conference.

Glulam Solutions design, supply and install fully integrated building solutions using Glulam/CLT engineered timber structures. At the core of the company is sustainability, a key theme at this year’s conference. Syd explains:

“Our company is driven by the need for sustainable construction. Unfortunate we haven’t seen this rolling out across the industry as a whole yet. Although we are sure things will change post COVID and perhaps more thought and investment will be given to a better quality, healthier and more sustainable built environment, there will still be pressures on cost and fear of innovation.

“Neither should be of concern and we should be taking these times as an opportunity to reflect on how we design and use buildings, and how we can make it a more pleasing environment for their occupants. The Construction industry is notoriously slow in adapting to major change, but if we are to meet our carbon reduction targets, that change is needed immediately.”

Last year, Syd shared the company’s case study on Merkinch Primary School, the first Scottish school to be completely built from cross-laminated timber:

“Merkinch Primary was due to be completed and handed over to The Highland Council around May this year, but the current pandemic obviously delayed this and nearly all other building projects. We are pleased to say however that the Main Contractor – Robertson Construction - is now back on-site and progressing to completion, with floor coverings etc. going down over the next few weeks. We have been back on-site to see this progress and the school looks stunning. With so much timber left exposed, it truly is a game-changer of a project.

“There is most definitely an increased awareness of mass timber construction here in Scotland and the Merkinch project has been a real exemplar project, showcasing what can be achieved in delivering a quality of finish much higher than traditional methods, but for a comparable price. We are now actively working on a number of other education and commercial projects, following our successful completion of this project.”

Find out more about Glulam Solutions at the Build It Aberdeen Conference 2020. Book your tickets now.

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