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“The Value of Wood" for European bioeconomy explained at Brussels International Forum

Over 100 participants, composed of European Timber Industry stakeholders, policy makers and key trade organisation leaders, gathered last 21 March 2017 in Brussels for the International Forum “The Value of Wood."

Hosted by the Honourable Member of the EU Parliament (MEP) Paul Brannen, the event showcased the contribution of wood-based innovation to the European bioeconomy.

Mr Sampsa Auvinen, president of the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) said: “Increasing the use of wood in construction and in everyday products plays an important role in tackling climate change, developing green jobs - particularly in rural areas - and boosting the bio-economy."

He also recalled that “Without doubt, wood is one of the most environmentally and sustainable friendly material. To address global challenges such as climate change, a growing population and resource scarcity, Europe must find pathways to produce goods, food and energy by using renewable organic materials more widely.  In this sense, the promotion of timber construction is anchored in the bio-economy concept."

"The European sawmill industry makes market products with a small carbon footprint, from raw material procured from sustainably managed forests. Companies process hardwood and softwood for a wide ranges of construction and furniture products. The sawmill industry is the backbone of the bio-economy. Residues from sawmill processes can be converted into a broad range of wood-based products including bio-composite materials, bio-plastics, textiles and carbon-neutral biofuels. Simultaneously, the production of saw-logs, and the correlated use of by products and residues, complies with the resource efficiency principle, guarantees the highest profitability for forest owners and provides the raw materials needed for developing the bio-economy.”

The Director for the environmental department of the French research centre FCBA, Gerard Deroubaix offered a technical explanation of the wood products as carbon store. He underlined how the carbon footprint of construction products made of wood is, in a very large majority of cases, significantly lower than the carbon footprint of the products made of competing materials. He recalled that a recent study commissioned by the EU Commission and entitled “Climwood2030” presented calculations at European level showing that “the material use of wood products instead of functionally equivalent alternative products leads to a decrease of fossil based GHG emissions over the whole life cycle of about 1.5 à 3.5 t CO2 per ton of wood product”.

The role of timber in Architecture was presented by Andrew Waugh, from Waugh Thistleton Architects, who explained the latest achievements of building with wood. He presented the Dalston Lane Project that is the world’s largest CLT building: the ten-storey, 121-unit development is made entirely of CLT, from the external, party and core walls, through to the floors and stairs, weighing a fifth of a concrete building of this size, and reducing the number of deliveries during construction by 80 per cent. The ten-storey, 121-unit development, is made entirely of CLT, from the external, party and core walls, through to the floors and stairs, weighing a fifth of a concrete building of this size, and reducing the number of deliveries during construction by 80 per cent. Another example of wood application is the Murray Grove, the first urban housing project to be constructed entirely from pre-fabricated solid timber, from the load bearing walls and floor slabs to the stair and lift cores.

Finally, Per-Olof Weding, President of European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) emphasised that European Forests are constantly growing both in size and in volume of wood. This extremely positive fact is due to an active and sustainable forest management system that ensures the production capacity and resilience of forest ecosystems as a whole. He stressed that a vibrant European forestry sector can make the bio-economy the next major economic development and can bring real benefits to mitigate climate change.

[Photo courtesy of International Union for Conservation of Nature and Revolve Media]

 

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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.

For more information. email [email protected] or [email protected]

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/wood-awards-2017-call-entries-now-open]

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]

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/bwf-run-apprenticeship-levy-webinar%C2%A0-tuesday-21-march-2017]

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.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/making-life-cycle-assessments-mainstream-7-march-2017-excel-london]

Forestry Commission launches 16th edition of Forest Live gigs

The Forestry Commission (FC) has issued dates and artists' line-ups for its Forest Live 2017.

Each summer since 2001, the FC has been hosting a series of special concerts in seven forest venues throughout England to raise awareness on the importance of UK woodlands heritage.

It is estimated that, by 2013, over a million concert goers have attended a Forestry Commission gig in a forest.

Find below the complete list of concerts:
 

  • Thu 15 Jun 2017, 18:00
    Elbow
    Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury
  • Fri 16 Jun 2017, 19:30
    Rick Astley
    Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent
  • Fri 16 Jun 2017, 19:30
    Olly Murs
    Westonbirt Arboretum
  • Sat 17 Jun 2017, 18:00
    Elbow
    Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent
  • Sat 17 Jun 2017, 19:30
    Rick Astley
    Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury
  • Sun 18 Jun 2017, 19:30
    Craig David
    Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury
  • Fri 23 Jun 2017, 19:30
    Rick Astley
    Dalby Forest Nt Thornton, Ledale
  • Sat 24 Jun 2017, 18:00
    Elbow
    Dalby Forest Nt Thornton, Ledale
  • Sun 25 Jun 2017, 18:00
    Elbow
    Sherwood Pines Nottingham
  • Sun 25 Jun 2017, 19:30
    Craig David
    Dalby Forest Nt Thornton, Ledale
  • Thu 29 Jun 2017, 18:00
    Elbow
    Thetford Forest Thetford
  • Fri 30 Jun 2017, 19.30
    Olly Murs
    High Lodge Thetford Forest
  • Fri 30 Jun 2017, 18:00
    Elbow
    Delamere Forest, Cheshire
  • Sat 01 Jul 2017, 19:30
    Rick Astley
    High Lodge - Thetford Forest Suffolk
  • Sun 02 Jul 2017, 17:00
    Clean Bandit
    Thetford Forest, Thetford
  • Sun 02 JUl 2017, 19.30
    Rick Astley
    Delamere Forest, Cheshire
  • Fri 07 Jul 2017, 19:00
    Elbow
    Cannock Chase Forest, Rugeley

Detailed information is available at: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/music

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/forestry-commission-launches-16th-edition-forest-live-shows]

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