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National Timber Systems prepares to launch of Launch GreenBox in the UK

 Thursday, July 4, 2024

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National Timber Systems prepares to launch of Launch GreenBox in the UK

National Timber Systems (NTS) announced the launch of GreenBox floor cassette system in the UK in collaboration with Thornton Tomasetti, an international engineering, design, and technology firm. The GreenBox system utilises lightweight, low-embodied-carbon engineered timber.

This innovative system can be employed in new builds, extensions, or renovations for commercial and multi-occupancy residential developments. It performs comparably to a concrete floor but with significantly less mass and a fraction of the embodied carbon.

GreenBox is customised for each project and manufactured to order. The cassette’s rigid timber structure contains a proprietary filling of recycled, non-toxic materials, providing strong fire resistance and adjustable acoustic performance.

Long-span cassettes offer architects and specifiers greater design flexibility for column-free spaces and large bays, along with the considerable environmental benefits of using timber. The system creates a ceiling with an attractive wood soffit, featuring minimal, if any, down-stand beams. Additionally, specialty plywood can be used instead of the standard panel if preferred.

Philip Carney, NTS Technical and Innovation Director, said: “We are excited to be manufacturing GreenBox for the UK market.

“We always aim to help our customers build more sustainable structures through innovative design and high-quality manufacturing, based on our ‘less on site’ philosophy.

“In line with that, GreenBox has been designed to be simple to install. The cassettes drop into the building frame and are screwed together from the top of the cassette, no special skills or equipment are needed on site. When it’s time to renovate or reconfigure the building the cassettes can be easily replaced, reused or recycled.”

Harry Crofton, Associate at Thornton Tomasetti, said: “GreenBox is a simple way to drastically cut a building’s embodied carbon, speed construction and provide sought-after finishes.

“We’ve been talking with UK-based architects and specifiers and there is a lot of interest in GreenBox already.

“A typical building’s frame and floors can make up about half of its embodied carbon, so reductions in the floor system have a big impact.”

GreenBox by National Timber Systems is a floor cassette system which uses lightweight, low-embodied carbon-engineered timber, designed to support big bays and long spans in residential and commercial buildings.

GreenBox is a climate-friendly floor cassette system that performs like a concrete floor, but with less mass and a fraction of the embodied carbon. The design combines a stiff timber structure with a proprietary filling that dampens vibration and improves fire performance. And installation is simple: just lift in prefabricated cassettes and connect with screws – no special skills or equipment are needed.

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