Industry Events

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.

For further information visit conference2016.

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Timcon General Meeting in Manchester

On Tuesday 26 January 2016 Timcon will hold its General Meeting at the Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel.

The event will offer insights on the latest developments including a report on the FEFPEB Congress 2015 and a perspective on the Pallets and Packaging industry by the Timber Trades Journal, PR Report, ISPM15.

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BRE conference on Offsite Construction in February

On 11 February 2016 the Building Research Establishment (BRE), in partnership with the Structural Timber Association (STA) will hold a conference on offsite construction at BRE headquarter in Watford.

The event is studied to help clients, investors and developers to understand the investment case and the opportunities for delivering buildings and assets more efficiently and cost-effectively using offsite and modern methods of construction.

Offsite construction is crucial to the government’s strategy to increase efficiency, reduce costs and lower carbon emissions in the industry. It can also represent a valid answer to delivering more homes.

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