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IOM3 'Timber 2018' Conference | 26-27 June 2018 | London

On 26 and 27 June 2018 the Wood Technology Society of the Institute for Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) will hold its 'Timber 2018' conference presenting the latest trends and emerging research in timber, wood science and related fields.

The event - to take place at IOM3 headquarters in London - aims to bring together wood scientists, technologists, and businesses from all areas of the timber industry. Topics will range from preservation to panel products and from modified wood to engineered timber. There will also be room for insights on nano-scale researches and industrial application and development of new products.

"It has been ten years since the last Institute of Wood Science conference in Bath in 2008," say the Organisers in a press release. "During this time the timber industry has recovered from recession; seen growth in modified woods, wood plastic composites and CLT; adapted to the restriction of CCA and many other preservatives and marvelled at the advent of tall timber buildings. Meanwhile researchers have been developing new testing techniques; advanced models of cell wall structure and mechanics; grading models for British species and new biobased adhesives, among others."

"It is high time for a conference to bring these many areas of timber research under one roof to share information and ideas. This new format conference will span all topics related to timber, ranging from the fundamental experiments understanding the nano-scale through to the industrial application and development of new products."

The Wood Technology Society has also launched a Call for Papers. The event will provide a forum to present academic and industrial research in timber.  Abstracts of up to 600 words for both oral and poster presentations are requested by 16th February 2018.

For more info and registration, Contact the conference organisers on timber2018@bangor.ac.uk

View the events on CTI Industry Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/iom3-timber-conference-26-27-june-2018-london]

Offsite Construction Awards are back! - Entries open until 3 January 2018

The only Awards specifically focused on offsite construction are back for 2018, with submissions for innovative projects open until Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

Organised by Radar Communications and promoted by the CTI, the 2018 Offsite Construction Awards will take place on the evening of 6 March as a part of Ecobuild in the main Arena at ExCeL in London, and are set to attract over 350 national business leaders and high profile decision makers from the across the mainstream construction and offsite manufacturing industry.

Entries last year exceeded 300 and the event organisers are in no doubt that this will grow in 2018. The original award categories range from specific material and systems; such as Best use of Concrete, Steel, Timber, Volumetric Technology, to sectors including Commercial Project of the Year, Housing Project of the Year, Infrastructure Project of the Year and Education Project of the Year.

To cater for an increasing demand, and to reflect the wider adoption of offsite technology, seven new categories have been introduced for 2018 which focus on the people at the heart of these cutting edge projects, including Architect of the Year, Contractor of the Year, Installer of the Year and Client of the Year.

The Awards are open to public and private organisations with projects located in the UK – with the business or project having a strong offsite construction theme. All 22 categories are free to enter at http://www.offsiteawards.co.uk/enter

Find all the event info on the CTI Industry Calendar here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/offsite-construction-awards-are-back-entries-open-until-3-january-2018]

Fire Door Safety Week 2017 | 25 September – 1 October 2017

This year's edition of the Fire Door Safety Week is set to run from 25th September to 1st October. The aim of the initiative is to stop the legacy of neglect and promote awareness of the critical importance of fire doors.

"With the horrific events of recent months, the importance of Fire Safety has rightly never been more in the spotlight," explain the organisers - including the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the Fire Door Inspection Scheme and the Fire Kills campaign. 

"The tragedy at Grenfell was closely followed by concerns in Camden about the state and lack of Fire Doors in tower blocks and problems being exposed through the press elsewhere.  As the media frenzy inevitably dissipates, it is beholden on us to ensure that lessons are not just learned, but that we affect change."

With this in mind, the Fire Door Safety Week is offering a bank of information to help people and businesses manage their Fire Door issues, from the Fire Door Best Practice Guide to the Five Step Check, from awareness posters to hard hitting films. This advice covers a range of sectors including social housing, private rental properties, hotels, commercial buildings, educational establishments, care homes, hospitals and other types of public buildings

 

How to support the Campaign

"The number of supporters is already growing", the organisers add. "If you haven’t already, you can pledge your support here and we’ll add you to the list, promote your involvement and keep you updated with our news. A number of events are already planned, including those organised by Arnold Laver, Midland Building Products, Hodgson Sealants and Lorient UK. London Fire Brigade is working with the British Woodworking Federation to deliver a fire door safety conference at the Building Centre in London on 28th September (with proceeds going to the Children’s Burns Trust). We are also backed by the Government’s Fire Kills campaign, the Fire Sector Federation, the Passive Fire Protection Forum, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection and Children’s Burns Trust."

 

Social media engagement and Supporter pack

Last year, following Fire Door Safety Week, Rutendo Chitiga and Terry Brown of the Balmoral Estate Tenants Organisation were awarded the Fire Door Ambassador Prize for inspiring hope and awareness in organising its own annual fire door safety campaign. This campaign focussed on tenant awareness and came about as the result of the death of a young expectant mother in a fire in 2015 in a high rise flat on the estate. Major contractor Willmott Dixon won the award for rallying the troops and getting 3,000 employees to carry out the biggest mass fire door inspection ever. London Fire Brigade were also recognised for benchmarking knowledge with its active promotion of the campaign and hosting a superb seminar and debate for its fire safety inspectors.

"Social Media is a key way of getting the message out there and any help you can lend in cascading relevant resources from the online toolkit is gratefully received", the BWF and its partners conclude. "Remember everything in is freely available, you can use to develop pages on your website from our content. We also want to encourage supporters to send any images of dodgy fire doors or wedged open doors (via our #clickitkickit campaign), follow @FDSafetyWeek or #FireDoorSafetyWeek on twitter for updates, use your Linkedin profile to share stories and even link up with Fire Kills and Theodore Firedoor on Facebook."

"The Fire Door Safety Week Supporters Pack helps to draw out some of the key ideas and activities and provides a snap shot, but if you are interested in organising an event, have any initiatives that would support the aims of the campaign or have an idea for specific resources targeting your community that we could help produce, please let me know we’ll make contact."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/fire-door-safety-week-2017-25-september-%E2%80%93-1-october-2017]

Vision 2017 opens in two weeks’ time, 6-7 June, Olympia London

Vision 2017 - one of the premier built environment events aimed at architects, designers, specifiers and their clients - is fast approaching.

The event - to take place in Olympia, London, on 6-7 June 2017 - provides an international focus for innovative products and building solutions, bringing together thousands of industry professionals for two days of learning and business.

The programme and exhibition is CPD certified and centred around Materials Innovations, Technological Insight, Offsite & Modular Construction and Architectural & Design Evolution. In addition to exhibition, Vision 2017 will present a series of talks and events in collaboration with the RIBA, BRE, the London Festival of Architecture and New London Architecture. Major architectural practices from the UK and abroad will take part in the talks programme with many timber related talks.

Arup will discuss the engineering challenges behind “The Smile” - the most ambitious structure ever built in cross laminated timbers (CLT), while Korlam will present the technical and commercial benefits or Kielsteg, one of the most innovative new technologies in the timber construction industry. Other topics will cover innovations in engineered timber and CLT roles in modular and volumetric construction.

Register now for you free ticket to Vision 2017 at www.visionlondon.com/register

Visit Vision website for more information www.visionlondon.com

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/vision-2017-opens-two-weeks%E2%80%99-time-6-7-june-olympia-london]

CLT and Offsite Solutions grab the spotlight at Materials 2017

On 25-26 April 2017 the ILEC Conference Centre in London hosted Materials 2017.

The first edition of the conference and exhibition brought together architects, specifiers, manufacturers, suppliers from across the building materials sector, showcasing innovative Construction projects and products.

The conference was opened with a keynote speech from Andrew Boff, Chairman of the London Housing Committee, who made a strong case for the potential of pre-fab methods of construction and innovation of materials in this area in disentangling the ongoing housing crisis affecting the capital. “Pre-fab doesn’t equate to bad quality, or bad design,” said Boff “London’s housing density needs to rival that of Osaka or Rio.”

Following on from Andrew Boff’s keynote talk – Craig Liddell, Legal & General CLT (cross-laminated timber) Solutions Manager, gave an introduction to his business’ approach to modular off-site construction solutions. Liddell, making a case for CLT in the context of sustainability, asserted that “the entire population of Europe, which is 750 million people, could live in a CLT home and we would only require 25-30% of Europe’s forests being managed, harvested and used in exactly the same way it is today.

Andrew Waugh of Waugh Thistleton architects, the London-based practice specialising in the exclusive use of CLT, gave a compelling presentation referencing a number of their projects made from CLT. Waugh argued for the material’s contribution to a new “holistic architecture”, with the design and manufacturing process offering “a much more direct connection between architect and finished project”.

The evening reception brought together FRIBA Daniel Moylan (Co-Chair, Urban Design London), John McRae (Owner, Orms) Russell Curtis (Director, RCKa), and Adam Parker (Associate Director, Greig & Stephenson) to debate the impact of Brexit upon the architectural and construction professions. Curtis opened the debate, positing that “cultural exchange is of great benefit to creative industries, especially architecture.” While McRae argued for the opportunity that Brexit will offer in allowing the architectural sector to regroup, engage with, and influence governmental choices.

[Photo courtesy of Materials 2017]


 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/clt-and-offsite-solutions-grab-spotlight-materials-2017]

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