Industry Events

Timber championed with the launch of WoodFest | 4-14 December 2018 | Newcastle

The North East will celebrate everything built with wood as the first WoodFest comes to Newcastle in December, with an exciting line-up of events organised by the UK timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good.

WoodFest Newcastle will bring together architects, engineers, placemakers, planners, developers, contractors, politicians and local businesses specialising in timber to promote the innovative and striking ways that wood can be used in the built environment in the North East.

Christiane Lellig, Wood for Good campaign director, said: “The first in a series of regional WoodFests, this as a fantastic opportunity to bring all those involved with the built environment to explore what industry and politics can achieve together.

“Each event is a chance to learn and share about the use of timber in architecture, particularly around health and wellbeing and offsite construction. It provides a platform to discover what’s happening in the region and to be inspired by timber design.”

The week begins with a behind-the-scenes tour of wood-based materials manufacturer, Egger’s site in Hexham on 10 December. In the evening, Dr Oliver G.F. Jones, architecture professor and expert in human-environment interaction at Northumbria University, will give the keynote speech at a seminar on wellbeing, residential design and healthy homes. Taking place at Ryder Architecture’s home in Cooper’s Studios, Westgate Road, Newcastle, Dr Jones will be joined by a panel of experts including local housing providers and design professionals to explore biophilic design, light, space and air quality among other issues.

Offsite construction steals the show on 12 December with an evening seminar debating whether modern methods of construction are the future for homes in the North East. Hosted by Ryder at Cooper’s Studios, an expert panel will explore Home England’s strategic plan incorporating offsite construction and will ask if it’s the silver bullet to deliver much-needed homes.

A site visit to the unique self-build home, Shawm House, takes place on 11 December. Designed by Newcastle-based MawsonKerr Architects, the timber home won four regional RIBA awards, a national RIBA award and was shortlisted for Grand Designs ‘House of the Year’ in 2017. This is a rare opportunity to hear the homeowner’s story and experience the house for yourself.

Taking place throughout the week is an exhibition at Cooper’s Studios, exploring healthy buildings and driving the design and construction quality agenda through the use of modern methods of construction.

The finale for WoodFest Newcastle is the Superwood Conference on Friday 14 December at Northumbria University, hosted by Confor. 

Speakers include Paul Brennan, MEP for the North East, Adam James from Ryder Architecture, Councillor Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis from Edinburgh Napier University, Beccy Speight from the Woodland Trust, Neil Sutherland from Makar, Stuart Goodall from Confor, Simon Hart from Egger Forestry and Christiane Lellig from Wood for Good.

WoodFest Newcastle is organised in collaboration with regional partners Constructing Excellence, Egger, Mawson Kerr, RIBA North East, and Ryder Architecture.

You can book your place for the WoodFest Newcastle events here: https://woodforgood.com/index/woodfest-newcastle/

More information will be released soon about other regional WoodFests taking place throughout the country in 2019.

For sponsorship opportunities click here. If you would like to get involved in WoodFest you can also contact Wood for Good campaign director, Christiane Lellig, at [email protected]

TTF's UK Wood Panels Conference 2018 | 7 November 2018 | London

On Wednesday 7th November 2018, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) will hold a conference in central London focused on wood panels production and trade.

The UK Wood Panels Conference 2018: adding value through innovation & fire safety will examine the current and future state of the wood panel products market in the UK.

Speakers of the day include Clive Pininngton, Managing Director of the European Panel Federation, and David Murray, Innovation Manager at MEDITE SMARTPLY. 

The debate will focus on the innovative ways manufacturers and traders are adding value, ensuring quality and designing products to meet specific market needs at all steps of the supply chain.

"Wood-based panel products are one of the fastest sectors in the timber supply chain," explain the organisers. "Versatile, decorative and easy to use, they are increasingly popular with merchants, builders, designers and architects."

For more information and registration, click here.

 

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TTJ Wood and Wellness conference | 13 February 2019 | London

The Timber Trades Journal (TTJ) is organising a major conference in London in 2019 – Wood and Wellness – to look at wood’s role in this trend. Do trees and the wood products that derive from them have an opportunity the shape this new world of wellness?

The event at the Hilton Tower Bridge on 13 February 2019 – aimed at the timber sector, architects, interior designers and construction professionals – will include research presentations, case studies and discussion panels comprising experts from a variety of sectors. The focus will be on the role that sustainable timber can play, not only in building the world in which we live and work, but also looking at the positive effects that the sympathetic use of timber could have on productivity, learning, recovery from serious illness and general sense of well-being.

"It has long been believed that exposure to the natural world can have a positive impact on health and well-being," say the organisers.

"Now this world of wellness is becoming a mega trend in the built environment, with building and interior design increasingly taking into account the health and wellbeing of occupants." 

Studies examining the positive impact that greater exposure to nature/natural products can have on health and wellbeing have highlighted some impressive results:

• Office design: productivity can be increased by 8% and rates of well-being increased by 13%*

• Education spaces: increased rates of learning, improved test results, concentration levels and attendance, reduced impacts of ADHD*

• Healthcare spaces: post-operative rates of recovery reduced by 8.5%, reduced pain medication by 22%*

• Retail: the presence of vegetation & landscaping has been found to increase average rental rates on retail spaces, with customers willing to pay 8 -12% more for goods and services*

• Homes: 7-8 % less crime attributed to areas with access to nature and can command an increase of 4-5% in property price*

As part of this trend, specification and use of materials are coming under scrutiny as never before.

For more information on the event contact Stephen Powney, TTJ Group Editor, on 020 8269 7810 or [email protected]

Further details, including programme and speakers, will be released shortly.

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Timber Technology Focus for PEFC UK Stakeholder Day | 16 October 2018 | London

This year’s PEFC UK Stakeholder Meeting will be held on 16th October in London. The event theme is innovation and technology in the forest products sector.

The keynote speaker will be Anthony Thistleton, partner at award-winning practice Waugh Thistleton Architects. He will demonstrate how engineered wood products such as CLT and glulam are changing the face of our cities and influencing contemporary architecture. Since designing the first CLT structure in the UK in 2004 and completing the world’s first high rise timber building in London in 2009, Waugh Thistleton have been passionate advocates of engineered timber.  

As the drive continues to embed technical solutions in both the construction and forestry sectors, Robin Askey from Envirosense will also explore the future role that developing technologies such as Blockchain might play in the forest certification sector, where it could have a game-changing effect on chain of custody management and supply chain transparency.

Sponsored by James Latham, SGS, AB Packaging and PEFC International, this event will be relevant to sustainability and procurement professionals trading in wood-based products including retailers, brand owners, contractors and wood products manufacturers. The afternoon will close with a networking and drinks reception.

The event is free to attend but there are a limited number of places available so prompt registration is recommended.

For more information visit: www.pefc.co.uk/events/pefc-annual-stakeholder-meeting-2018

 

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TRADA's Better Timber Buildings conference | 15 November 2018 | London

Following on from the success of the last two annual conferences, TRADA and their service provider Exova BM TRADA have joined forces to host a one-day timber conference levelled at uniting the industry in the pursuit of a common goal: building Better Timber Buildings.

On 15 November 2018, members of the timber industry will assemble at the Royal Geographical Society, London, for a day of talks, Q&As, and debate. The conference is aimed at architects, engineers, suppliers and clients, and aspires to support individuals looking to hone their talents when it comes to designing superb structures in timber. The day will involve four central sessions and attempts to unite inspirational case studies with practical hands-on guidance where high-performance is critical.

A broad array of topics are predicted, with planned talks and discussions around the following:

  • The awe-inspiring Macallan Distillery, arguably one of the most complex timber structures ever built in the UK;
  • The potential of timber design guides, such as TRADA’s National Structural Timber Specification (NSTS), which attempt to encapsulate decades of experience and innovation into streamlined documents that helpfully steer you to specify right from the ground up;
  • Current issues affecting the timber industry and well-rounded, practical solutions to them;
  • Correctly designing timber structures in relation to fire safety and durability; and
  • How we can utilise reports from home warranty and insurance providers, and quantity surveyors, to discover our past successes and mistakes.

“The Better Timber Buildings conference is about switching tack,” says TRADA’s Rupert Scott. “Timber’s popularity continues to grow but now, more than ever, we need to look further and begin taking our timber buildings to the next level. This means aspiring to do a better job right through the chain – from specification to completion – and the best way to start is collectively.”

To attend, please book here: http://bettertimberbuildings.eventbrite.co.uk

For further information, please check the online brochure here or contact Jane Lomas on [email protected] and 01494 569642.

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