Makar Timber Engineering get influential backing

Solar entrepreneurs and climate campaigners Dr Jeremy Leggett and Paddy Padmanathan have backed MAKAR Timber Engineering (MTE), a new company that seeks to usher in a new era of fit for purpose net zero built environments.

At a time when some short-lived carbon intensive concrete and steel buildings are literally crumbling around us, MTE’s timber-based net zero, and even carbon negative, commercial buildings – made from locally sourced natural materials – are the radical shift that is needed, away from the short-sighted steel, plastic and concrete built environment. It is now widely recognised that the only plausible way to deliver a net-zero carbon built environment is through using more timber-based systems.

Having presided over the meteoric rise of the solar renewable energy industry, both Leggett and Padmanathan hope that their investments are a clear signal to other companies, councils and the government that a huge step change is required within the construction industry also, if the UK is to deliver on its net zero promises and design healthy built environments that are fit for the future.

Neil Sutherland, founder and Director of MTE, said: “It is deeply frustrating to watch organisations, both public and private, continue to mindlessly commission such unnecessarily carbon intensive builds, in the middle of a climate crisis. Continuing to build these concrete and steel structures is an act of unnecessary suicide. The places we construct are both pragmatic and symbolic of our lives and relationship to the world. MTE’s focus is on net zero buildings will lead to an acceleration in the delivery of a built environment that is far more appropriate for the challenges and opportunities of the twenty first century.” Dr Jeremy Leggett said: “It’s time for timber. We are now seeing how cutting corners and taking a short-term view of our built environment can cause our buildings to fail us. Using the UK’s natural timber resource, MTE can deliver equally fit for purpose if not better net zero and even carbon negative buildings with long life spans, all while stimulating the rural economy through short supply chains. It’s a win-win.”

Paddy Padmanathan added: “In the four years since the Scottish Government declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, we have all moved far too slowly towards a ‘just transition’. While we are shifting towards renewable energy this is only half the picture. We must reduce both our operational carbon requirements and the embodied carbon within our built environment. It is the only sane choice we have.”

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