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BWF Annual Dinner & Awards to be held in London on 24 November

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) will be holding its 2017 Annual Dinner & Awards on Friday 24th November in the Drapers’ Hall in the heart of London.

A formal black-tie dinner with a relaxed atmosphere, the Annual Dinner & Awards night provides a great opportunity for BWF members and their guests to celebrate achievements along with networking with woodworking industry colleagues.

The event will also see the announcement of this year’s BWF Awards winners. There are six categories of award, highlighting technical innovation and excellence in joinery projects and product design, process efficiency and health & safety, as well as special awards for apprentice and trainee performance.

Entry to the sector’s most prestigious awards is free and open to all, including non-members of the BWF, providing that they are from the UK woodworking industry. Entries must be received by 8th September 2017 with shortlisted entrants to receive one free ticket to the Annual Dinner and Awards event with. The shortlist is set to be revealed at Timber Expo in October.

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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.

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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:

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


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Fire Door Safety Week | 26 September - 2 October 2016

The Fire Door Safety Week 2016 will take place from the 26th September to the 2nd October.

This year's campaign commemorates the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, the event which gave rise to the ‘fire door’.

The event underlines the critical role that fire doors play in fire safety within buildings and drawing attention to common-place bad practice that risks property and lives.

Support for the campaign has already been pledged from South Wales, West Midlands and London Fire and Rescue Services, as well as a significant number of companies in the door and hardware industries.

The Fire Door Safety Week is also backed by the Government’s Fire Kills campaign, the Fire Sector Federation, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) and Children’s Burns Trust. 

London Fire Brigade is working with the British Woodworking Federation to deliver a fire door safety conference to its fire safety teams across London on 29 September 2016.

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BWF Members Day | 7 July 2016 | Towcester

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Members’ Day Conference 2016 will take place on Thursday 7th July at Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa, Whittlebury, Towcester.

BWF Members’ Day will provide joinery manufacturers and woodworking professionals the opportunity to participate in various workshops entirely focused on their needs, and to get up to date with the latest developments in the industry. The event also includes a free exhibition showcasing the latest innovations and technologies to aid the joinery industry.

The programme features BWF technical experts and other guest speakers covering topics as diverse as the fundamentals of stair design and how to deal with conflicting standards and regulations in that market, to managing difficult clients, smarter production processes, the growing use of wood in interiors, maintaining certifications, tackling poor installations, and how to avoid the three big health and safety fines. Kevin Underwood, the BWF’s technical director, will be running a workshop on the practical introduction of CE Marking of fire doorsets.

Keynote speakers include Suzannah Nichol MBE, chief executive of Build UK, who will give an update on the progress being made on fundamental supply chain issues and Bill Esterton MP who is expected to give his viewpoint on the implications of the EU Referendum and the latest iteration of the Government’s construction strategy.

Prior to the event, the BWF AGM on 6th July will confirm the appointment of a new BWF President for 2016. There will also be a drinks reception and informal networking dinner on the evening of 6th July.

Download the full programme here.

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