Mass Timber Construction Podcast

Mass Timber Construction Podcast Special Guest - Team ESTEEM - Mass Timber Houses

August 26, 2021 Paul Kremer Season 1 Episode 53
Mass Timber Construction Podcast
Mass Timber Construction Podcast Special Guest - Team ESTEEM - Mass Timber Houses
Show Notes

In this episode, I speak with Ellie and Jairis from team ESTEEM. Ellie Witton who is the head of structural engineering sub-team with Team ESTEEM, Heriot-Watt University’s entry to the Solar Decathlon Middle East competition. Been involved in the project for over 2 years and has a niche interest in Mass Timber, specifically Cross Laminated Timber, basing her research on the Viability of Using Scottish Homegrown Timber in CLT. Jairis Alvarez is currently studying MEng, Architectural Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, and she is the head of Marketing, PR and events at Team ESTEEM. She has been involved in the ESTEEM project for over 2.5 years, and her field of study goes from sustainability, indoor built environments to marketing and PR. 

The Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) is a collegiate competition challenges students to design, build, operate solar powered houses. SDME is organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and the US Department of Energy signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of SDME in November 2018- November 2021 at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park; a competition that will integrate unique local and regional characteristics. All proposals focus on solving the issues and needs for the sustainable living in the Middle East, where high temperatures, high humidity and dust condition. International teams enter the challenge for the opportunity to win prizes totalling AED 10 million.

Team ESTEEM is Heriot-Watt University’s official entrant into the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2020 competition, but also the sole UK finalist! This contest is integrated with the World Expo in Dubai which envisions an estimated 25 million visitors.  Their goal is to design & build a multifunctional solar powered house in collaboration with industry and academia. Thus, the design ethos emphasises sustainability & innovative wall-to-wall constructional elements with the aspiration to achieve the most eco-friendly build. Our smart home aims to withstand the high temperatures, humidity & dusty conditions prevalent in the Middle East. Headquartered in Edinburgh, we are proud to represent the Scottish Construction and Building Services sectors on the international stage with our incorporation of materials and designs from several sponsors; local & worldwide.

Production by Deeelicious Beats
Music "Game Play" by Quality Quest
Podcast is a Mass Timber Construction Journal Production

Sponsors of the Podcast:

Rothoblaas is an Italian multinational with its roots in the Alpine region; a leading developer and provider of high technology solutions for all those involved in the construction with wood sector. Always engaged in finding solutions for the improvement of the sector, today Rothoblaas is one of the leading companies worldwide in the development of products and services dedicated to the wood carpentry industry, and continues to export know-how from the heart of the Italian Alps to the world.

International Association for Mass Timber Construction (IAMTC)
The International Association for Mass Timber Construction aims to promote and deliver value to its members and associated stakeholders through an all-encompassing approach to advocacy, thought-leadership, development

Rotho Blaas
Solutions designed for building in wood that are easily accessible adapting to the needs of all.

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