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Discussing the future of wood in construction at Woodbuild Wales 2016

Registration for the Woodbuild Wales 2016 will be open till the 11th of February 2016. The free event will take place on 17 March 2016, at the SSE Swalec Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, featuring a conference and a products exhibition.

Woodbuild Wales 2016 addresses construction industry clients, contractors and suppliers, providing insight into the future for wood in the building sector.

Leading speakers from timber and construction industry will explore global trends and innovations and the role that timber can play in providing solutions to pressing economic, social and environmental challenges. In particular the discussion will be focussing on the policy environment in Wales and the opportunity to stimulate increased procurement of home grown timber. The panel includes: Edwina Hart MBE CStJ AM, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport; Peter Davies – Climate Change Commission for Wales; Duncan Mayes – Stora Enso; Alastair Parvin – WikiHouse Foundation; Gary Newman – Woodknowledge Wales; Neil Sutherland – MAKAR.

The exhibition will showcase companies that are leading the way in the use and production of timber in construction.

To reserve your free delegate space at the event,register at or call 03000 603000, stating the name of the event.

To exhibit for free, send an email at frankie. [email protected]

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Housing shortage and offsite construction, upcoming event in Birmingham

On 23 and 24 March 2016 the National Exhibition Center (NEC) in Birmingham will host the 'Explore Offsite in the Housing Sector' event.

The seminar present a combined mix of conferences and exhibitions, including a prestigious line-up of industry speakers.

The discussion will be focused on the housing sector, analysing the opportunities that offsite construction offers to takle the housing shortage crisis. 

Housebuilding in the UK is currently at an all-time low. It is predicted that a total of 250,000 homes need to be delivered each year in order to tackle spiralling house prices and the critical shortage of affordable homes. This target has constantly been missed – with figures showing that only 141,000 homes were constructed last year.

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Napier University seminar on timber grading

The Strategic Integrated Research in Timber (SIRT) project and Edinburgh Napier University will hold a timber grading seminar on Wednesday 3 February 2016 at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.

The event offers a crash course in timber strength grading, focussing on how it works and what is changing in the standards. It will discuss the latest position, informed by CEN and BSI standards committee work and research conducted by the SIRT network.

The seminar is divided into a Morning session – the essentials (open to all, free registration) - and an Afternoon session – down to business (for SIRT sponsors and research partners). 

For more information and registration details, see the pdf flyer or click here.

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BREEAM Awards 2016, date and venue announced

The BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) Awards 2016 will take place on Tuesday 8th March 2016 at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square.

The Awards, organised by BRE, recognise outstading building projects certified against BREEAM within the preceding year (1 December 2014 - 28 November 2015) demonstrating a holistic approach to the environmental aspects of their specification, design,construction and management.

Every certification under BREEAM is considered for entry, therefore no application is needed. BREEAM nominates the top 5 scoring buildings within each category of BREEAM (offices, retail, education etc.) and invites the top scorers to submit a case study to the industry judges. 

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ICF conference on Timber Supply Chain to take place in Newcastle

On 27 and 28 April 2016 the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) will hold its National Conference 2016 'The Timber Supply Chain: Dynamics and Opportunities' in Newcastle.

Remarkably, the event will focus on the whole timber supply chain, from species selection and tree improvement techniques to processing and market opportunities. Speakers include Matthew Rivers FICFor, Director of Biomass Business at Drax Power, Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, of the BRE Group and Formerly Grown in Britain, and Alfred W Kammerhofer, Head of the Timber Industry and Forest Management Section at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.

"Over the last 20 years, the UK forestry sector has invested heavily in new technology, processing capacity, and silvicultural knowledge and application. This exciting conference takes, for the first time, a holistic view across the whole supply chain from plant to product", explains Roger Coppock FICFor, Forestry Commission GB and Chair of the conference. “We will be exploring supply and demand issues, and challenging the way in which we grow, harvest and make use of and add value to our trees. Delegates will get an insight into new markets for wood and fibre, and how technology is opening up new prospects in the use of timber in construction."

“Forestry in the UK is sometimes described as a ‘hidden success story’. This conference provides an opportunity to broadcast its achievements in developing a thriving forest products industry, and to examine how best to build on this success”, adds David Henderson-Howat FICFor, President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. 

Early bird rates for the ICF National Conference 2016 end the 30th of January.

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