Industry Events

International Softwood Conference in Amsterdam

The International Softwood Conference (ISC) will take place from November 4 to 6 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The event will give a worldwide perspective and latest insights into current and future trade trends, covering topics along the softwood supply chain; from timber sourcing, to the sharp end of sales into the wider marketplace.

The conference will also offer an insight on key economic indicators and the evolution of emerging markets, including the latest trends in timber building and biomass energy.

"We now see more supply in the European Market, but simultaneously a little less demand", commented Andreas von Möller, Jacob Jürgensen Forest Products Managing Partner and ETTF President. "This requires a lot of sensitivity from all market partners, so the ISC comes at the right time to get updated guidance.”

For more information click here.

Passivhaus Conference to take place on 20 October 2015

The 2015 UK Passivhaus Conference will be held on 20 October 2015 at the Business Design Centre, London.

The event, organised in partnership with the Passivhaus Trust and BRE, will offer an exciting and concentrated update of what has happened in the UK Passivhaus movement over the past year. The aim is to showcase the development of large-scale UK housing projects and the related challenges. 

This one day exhibition and conference is expected to host over 30 exhibitors, models and demonstrations; over 400 delegates, plus some special features such as exhibitor seminars and demonstrations, student competition entries and the 2015 Passivhaus Awards shortlisted project displays. 

The exhibition area will be open to non-attendees of the conference in the afternoon. For more information click here.

Confor conference - Modern Forestry: unleashing the rural potential

On 10 November, Confor will take the forestry policy debate back to Westminster with a conference, "Modern Forestry: unleashing the rural potential", specifically focused on sustainable forestry.

The first Conservative Forestry Minister, Rory Stewart MP, will be the key-note speaker outlining his vision for the forestry and wood-using sector as part of his party's blueprint for rural Britain.

His presentation will be followed by a political panel debate, while two detailed sessions will examine how forestry and wood can contribute to the UK economic and environmental agendas.

Find out more here or download the conference flyer.

Building the future - BSRIA white paper presentation

The BSRIA white paper presentation, "Building the future", will take place on 24 September 2015 from 10am at the City Place House in London.

The event, involving senior personnel from major players in the Construction Industry, will deepen two essential subjects: what products and systems to use in future reduced carbon buildings and how to get the next generation to join the Industry.

"As global Governments are setting targets for CO2 emissions, some as high as 80% reduction by 2050; those working in the built environment find themselves on the front line of the carbon reduction agenda", undelined BSRIA. "Buildings currently account for around 40% of all energy consumption and 80% of the buildings we will use in 2050 have already been built.".

Find out more here.

National Structural Timber Specification to be launched tomorrow

Tomorrow 17 September the long-awaited National Structural Timber Specification (NSTS) for Building Construction will be revealed.

The guide, promoted by TRADA, will help specification of structural timber solutions when in competition with other building materials. 

The NSTS focuses on structural uses of kiln-dried softwoods in three main areas (light-frame, heavy-frame and panel construction). It also provides the structural timber industry with best practice guidelines featuring information about materials, fabrication, erection, protection and quality assurances.

“New developments in engineered timber and computer controlled machining, mean that it is now the ideal material for rapid prefabrication and erection,” said Andrew Lawrence, Arup’s Timber Specialist. “A standard UK timber specification is a vital part of helping timber realise its potential as a standard construction material for larger buildings alongside steel and concrete.”