CWIC Welsh Timber and Building Performance Development Centre
The idea of developing the CWIC Welsh Timber and Building Performance Development Centre came from the original idea of promoting the Lampeter Campus as a national sustainability centre. The aim is to establish the Centre in a building that is a stone’s throw away from the Tir Glas Headquarters where the focus will be on understanding the physical and mechanical distinctiveness of Welsh wood and how this all impacts on the way it can be used for different building purposes.
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Woodknowledge Wales and Barcud Housing Association have developed a unique partnership to form the CWIC Welsh Timber and Building Performance Development Centre in Lampeter.
The purpose of the initiative is to focus on developing home-grown timber innovation at a time where trees and Welsh timber are a focal point in capturing, storing and reducing carbon emissions.
Our vision it to create a technology centre and Fab Lab to provide industry and academia with a leading facility to create, learn, invent and innovate.
Our Fab Lab will provide access to an innovation environment, high level skills and materials to enable the advancement of the Welsh timber sector. Baes in Lampeter the Fab Lab will work with the Welsh Timber supply chain, local and national manufacturers and social housing providers to add value to home-grown timber and related digital technologies.
The centre’s work will include:
- Home Grown Timber Science
- Prototyping, Testing and Evaluation of Welsh Timber based products
- Embedding and Evaluation of Sensor Technology in Timber Building and Components
- Digital Integration of Sensors and related technologies to enable independent and assisted living.
The CWIC Welsh Timber and Building Performance Development Centre will, in turn, produce a Welsh hub to enable industry to experiment and innovate.
As industry requires support, our Fab Lab will provide expert advice as well as access to sector-leading equipment and technology, all whilst developing and embedding a skills development ecosystem for Further and Higher Education.
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David and its key partners look forward to sharing further information and progress in due course. With our Centre integral to the University’s Canolfan Tir Glas development, we are adding value to not only the timber sector across Ceredigion, but across Wales, the UK and internationally.