Timber is the new concrete. It’s time to get over our fear of building with it

When I walk around Dublin I look for timber houses. Where are they? Hiding beneath concrete? Disguised as potting sheds? Booed out of the urban environment for being too provincial?

In Ireland we are just a little bit scared of timber in our homes. Golden log cabins are dotted ever-so-sparingly across the countryside; tiny squares of cedar creep apologetically into our cityscapes; timber-framed houses are quickly covered up with render to conform to the norm.