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Joseph Little believes timber frame can be the backbone of a new generation of low-carbon, energy-efficient housing, and be used as an intelligent response to Climate Change and fuel prices. But he tells Robbie Cousins that timber frame manufacturers, suppliers and architects need to gear-up and work more closely together if the true potential of this vision is to be realised.
Joseph Little’s chief bugbear is poor construction standards & details on site and the core of this issue is how the knowledge set of architects and builders and how standards are controlled. The seeds of this idea may have been sown when he was an architecture student at UCD in the early ’90s. It was clear to him as a student that the way architecture was taught in this country was outdated with insufficient emphasis on construction quality and the Environment.
Cousins, R. (2008) Frame it - Thoughts on Education, Reducing Carbon and Vapour,Frame It’ magazine, June 2008