Industry Events

Wood Awards 2017: Call for entries now open

The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design launched its 2017 call for entries yesterday with a drinks reception at the Building Centre in London.

Speakers included David Hopkins, Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation, and Councillor Vincent Stops, chair of the planning committee at the London Borough of Hackney, home to one of the greatest concentrations of urban timber architecture in the UK.

Established in 1971, the Wood Awards recognises, encourages and promotes outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood in projects throughout the UK. The Wood Awards’ elite independent judging panel not only judges all submitted entries but also visits the shortlisted projects in person, making the Wood Awards a uniquely rigorous competition.

With permission from the owner, anyone associated with a building or product completed in the last two years, can enter. Buildings must be located within the UK whilst furniture and other products must have been either designed or manufactured in the UK. The competition is free to enter and entrants may submit more than one project. There are no restrictions on the size or budget of a project.

The call for entries will close on Friday 26 May 2017. The Wood Awards shortlist will be announced in July and the winners will be announced at the Wood Awards ceremony on 21st November 2017 at Carpenters’ Hall in London. The shortlisted projects will be on display at the ceremony and during the London Design Festival in September.

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BWF to run Apprenticeship Levy Webinar on Tuesday 21 March 2017

In the light of the upcoming new Government Apprenticeship Levy in April, the British Woodworking Federation will run an Apprenticeship Levy Webinar on Tuesday 21st March 2017.

The levy requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to invest in apprenticeships and will be applied as from the first payroll in April 2017.

BWF session will be run with John Henry, from the Electrical Distributors Association’s Apprenticeship Training Agency, and there will be the opportunity for Q+A.

In details, the seminar will cover:  

·        What is the Apprenticeship Levy and how does it work?

·        How do you access your levy funds for apprenticeship training?

·        What happens if you use all your levy funds?

·        How do you register to get your levy funds?

Interested parties can register for the webinar here and will subsequently be sent a calendar request from Dave Campbell, BWF Membership & Training Director, with the instructions.

To receive more information, contact [email protected]

 

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Making Life Cycle Assessments Mainstream | 7 March 2017 | Excel, London

On Tuesday 7th March 2017, the world’s first life cycle assessments calculated through the new BRE LINA tool will be unveiled at Ecobuild [Excel London].

The launch event "Making Life Cycle Assessments Mainstream" - to be held at the joint Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) and Wood for Good stand (E109) at 2-3pm - will include presentations from Iain McIlwee, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), Smair Ghumra, Director at the Centre for Sustainable Products and Beatrix Richards, Head of Corporate Stewardship and Sustaibale Commodities at WWF UK.

Iain McIlwee said: “This is timber leading the debate once again. LINA is proving to be a powerful calculator which now allows us at the BWF to build on the early work of Wood for Good and the Wood Window Alliance to produce bespoke life cycle assessments for our members’ products.

“This is a major breakthrough in proving categorically timber’s superior environmental sustainability credentials. The simple approach and science behind this environmental tool unravels many of the complexity excuses made by competing materials about why embodied carbon cannot be taken into consideration. It revolutionises the way EPDs can be produced and takes us one step closer to these declarations hitting the mainstream.” 

Beatrix Richards added: "Government figures suggest we may need to build a million new houses by 2020.  As we seek to ensure that this construction, and indeed the on-going repair and restoration of the existing housing stock, has the lowest possible environmental impact, it is critical that we understand the full life time costs of all the products we use.  This applies to everything - cement, bricks, doors, windows etc.

“Tools exist to help architects, builders, suppliers and consumers to understand the true, full costs, from sourcing, manufacturing, transportation, life time use and disposal, so that decisions can be made on the best possible information. Life cycle assessments are one such way of capturing this information and WWF welcomes the British Woodworking Federation’s lead in adopting this approach."

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) will be the first customer worldwide for BRE LINA. This allows the BWF to produce life cycle assessment results for its members’ products which are then uploaded into the BRE Hub so that a third party verified BRE Global Environmental Performance Declaration (EPD) can be produced.

The results can also inform assessments for ISO 14001, EN 15804 (the European standard for the sustainability of construction products) and other environmental management systems, and can feed into BIM (Building Information Modelling).

Further information can be found at: http://www.bwf.org.uk/toolkit/environmental-waste-management/what-is-a-life-cycle-assessment

To book your seat - at no cost - for the "Making Life Cycle Assessments Mainstream" launch event, click here.

 

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