“We are delighted to be part of this project that will help demonstrate the boundless opportunities for sustainable timber based solutions in construction,” said Chris King, managing director at MEDITE SMARTPLY. “Actions speak louder than words, and this building encapsulates MEDITE SMARTPLY’s commitment to building a more sustainable future.

“The products and systems for fighting the climate emergency are already available. We in the construction industry have not only the opportunity but the responsibility to put theories into action and show the world how we can build and live sustainably, using timber and ecologically responsible solutions.”

The members of Beyond Zero Homes are united by a common goal that goes beyond zero carbon: to demonstrate how beautiful, affordable, healthy homes can be developed with minimal impact on the environment, throughout their lifecycle.

The one-bedroom house will be built on a 10m x 5m footprint. It has been specifically designed to use British-grown C16 spruce to avoid the need for imported timber, and the construction is based on a 1.2m grid to be easily panelised and prefabricated. These elements lend themselves to the specification of SMARTPLY OSB, sustainably produced in Ireland and already stored across the UK.

As part of the Coillte Group, the company prides itself on its sustainable supply chain and manufacturing processes, meaning the company’s products are as environmentally conscious in their make up as they are in their application.

MEDITE SMARTPLY has pioneered the sustainable timber industry in Europe, with all specialised timber panels—MEDITE Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) and SMARTPLY Oriented Strand Board (OSB).

The build is due to commence soon. Find out more and follow its progress: beyondzerohomes.co.uk/cop26-house/