James is owner of Grace Design, A specialist architectural wood design and build company based in Wicklow. Products/services include wood structures such as residential homes, extensions, orangeries and architectural wood features. as well as pergolas, gazebos and garden structures. His background is in natural building, conservation and bespoke carpentry using heavy beams joined in the traditional manner using mortise and tenon jointing systems. With experience in residential and commercial joinery, furniture design and international sculptural works and has also been featured in the Irish Times as a ‘pioneer of the hand-built home’.
Talk Title: Irish Timber in Irish Homes-Why can’t we see the Wood from our Trees?
A history of traditional timber framing globally and nationally. The surprising characteristics of Post and Beam structures. How they work and why the world is looking at heavy wood structures as the building material of choice this century. The performance of wood compared to steel and concrete in terms of strength, fire resistance and environmental impact. The benefits of wood structures to our psyche and how they affect our health. How Post and Beam structures can lower carbon levels while building aesthetically rich houses. Why fast-grown softwoods should be used to create outstanding homes with low embodied energy. The role of natural building and where it works best.