COPs (or Conference of the Parties) have been taking place since 1995 in order for almost every country in the world to meet for a global climate summit.
At COP21 in 2015, the Paris agreement set a global warming maximum limit of 2°C, preferably 1.5°C, in order to avoid a catastrophic climate change situation. Recently, it has become apparent that this target has not been taken seriously enough to make a substantial improvement. COP26 will see the subject brought back into focus and reset targets in line ambitious emissions reductions targets, as one of the main the goals for COP26 : ‘secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach’. Further information can be found here: https://ukcop26.org/cop26-goals
How are we involved?
MEDITE SMARTPLY will play a crucial role in the construction of the COP26 House, a zero carbon, timber frame building built by Beyond Zero Homes. The project will showcase low carbon, circular solutions in building and living during the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow this October 31st-November 12th.
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 is built on a 10m x 5m footprint. It has been specifically designed to use homegrown 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 perfectly to the specification of SMARTPLY OSB, sustainably produced in Ireland and already stored across the UK.
Find out more: beyondzerohomes.co.uk/cop26-house/
We partnered with Architecture Today to host a series of events from the 2nd-4th of November, this included roundtables with the architect of the house about his ideas behind the project and his vision, as well as with key people within the world of specification to discuss issues emerging from COP26 and the implications for the construction industry.
Take a look at the virtual tour below: