Timber Expo unveils seminar sessions details
The seminar sessions - spanned over three days (18 – 20 October 2016) in the Timber Focus Theatre area - will debate a broad spectrum of industry trends and issues.
Day one of the seminar schedule will focus on pushing the boundaries of what is possible with timber and will be chaired by David Hopkins, Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF). Topics will include building timber skyscrapers, innovation and growing the timber market with speakers such as Michael Ramage, Senior University Lecturer in architectural engineering at Cambridge University and Jon Shanks, Associate Structural Engineer, Buro Happold and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bath.
In the afternoon the focus will turn to skills. Led by David Campbell, Membership and Training Director at the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the session will look at how the industry can attract and keep new recruits.
Day two will tackle the challenges of making it easier to specify timber. Panellists will discuss the introduction of TRADA’s new Timber Pre-Scheme Manual, how the UK’s National Structural Timber Specification (NSTS) has helped get timber specifications right for major sub-contractors and what the industry can do to make it easier to specify timber. The second day will also look at timber’s role in the custom and self build market with Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk and instigator of the ‘Right to Build’ Act, which has radically changed the commercial landscape in this sector, joining the speaker line up.
The final day of seminars will explore the possibilities of hybrid construction from both an engineer’s, architect’s and CLT supplier’s perspective. Speakers from Buro Happold engineers, Bennett’s architects and KLH will draw on case studies to bring out their key points.
The other topic covered on the third day will be a look at the continuing innovation for structural timber frames and UK manufacturing with speakers including Alex Cook, Technical Project Coordinator at Barratt Developments PLC, Alastair Parvin, Co-founder of WikiHouse Foundation, Calum Murray, Director at CCG (Scotland) Ltd and Alex Goodfellow, Managing Director of Stewart Milne Timber Systems.
In addition to the Timber Focus Theatre there will also be a Timber Flooring Workshop. In conjunction with the Flooring Industry Training Association, top master fitters will create informative presentations covering products from all areas of contact flooring, including wood, carpet, vinyl, laminate, tools and accessories.
Nathan Garnett, Event Director for Timber Expo, said: “With the increasing demand for sustainable building methods at a faster rate of completion, the timber industry is set to see record growth over the next few years. How then can the industry position itself best to capitalise on this opportunity and promote the many benefits of timber in construction? This year’s Timber Expo is here to do just that and I’m confident that the seminar content that TRADA has so diligently put together will offer real value and deliver strategy for the future of this sector. Importantly, the show also represents the first major event following the decision to leave the EU and as such will play a role in settling any nerves within the sector.”