Episode #3 - Andrew Waugh
The Neutral Project
January 31, 2024
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  • 4:36 - What makes mass timber a sustainable material?
  • 7:12 -  Mass timber componentization 
  • 11:58 - Differences between concrete and mass timber construction
  • 19:41 - Exploring the life cycle analysis of mass timber
  • 25:19 - “The New Model Building”, 
  • 27:00 - Mass timber moisture management and fire strategy
  • 28:00 - How to insure a mass timber buildings
  • 32:30 - The process of approving the new building model with code officials 
  • 37:56 - Risk and challenges of building with mass timber
  • 45:40 - The financial value of mass timber developments
  • 53:38 - How does mass timber affect forests?

Episode Summary 

In this episode, we had the privilege of delving into the dynamic world of mass timber and componentized construction with Andrew Waugh, the visionary founder and director of Waugh Thistleton Architects. Our discussion spanned a spectrum of intriguing topics, offering insights into what makes mass timber a truly sustainable building material. Together, we explored the multifaceted world of mass timber construction, discussing its lifecycle, its sustainability when compared to traditional concrete construction, the risks, the challenges, the building method of the material, financial advantages, and its profound impact on the built environment.

Listen as Andrew shares his experiences and insights into navigating the insurance landscape for these sustainable structures, including shedding light on the considerations and challenges associated with securing insurance and code varrainces in the context of mass timber construction, particularly with moisture management and fire-resistant strategies being a prime concern. Andrew shared his firm’s answer—called The New Building Model—for how engineered timber can be used to construct multi-story residential buildings in full compliance with UK building regulations. 

Join us as we continue to unravel the stories behind the structures shaping a more sustainable and resilient world.


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