|Building work in January 2013|
What is a Brettstapel panel? It’s a set of timber lengths joined one on top of each other in a tongue and groove manner to create a chunky-thick rectangle. Compared to conventional timber framing it uses something like 15 times the amount of timber. Far from being considered wasteful this approach is lauded as a great way of locking up large quantities of carbon.
For a customer such as Coed y Brenin, with impeccable green credentials, this is an important factor. The speed of on-site construction is also an advantage meaning quicker completion and less disruption to the constant stream of visitors.
On the cold January day when I visited the construction site the only panels I could see were floor panels – a bit like parquet but eight inches deep!
Antur Stiniog, the people behind the downhill biking above Blaenau Ffestiniog.