Industry Events

Timber championed with the launch of WoodFest | 10-14 December 2018 | Newcastle

The North East will celebrate everything built with wood as the first WoodFest comes to Newcastle from 10 to 14 December 2018 with an exciting line-up of events organised by the UK timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good.

WoodFest Newcastle will bring together architects, engineers, placemakers, planners, developers, contractors, politicians and local businesses specialising in timber to promote the innovative and striking ways that wood can be used in the built environment in the North East.

Christiane Lellig, Wood for Good campaign director, said: “The first in a series of regional WoodFests, this as a fantastic opportunity to bring all those involved with the built environment to explore what industry and politics can achieve together.

“Each event is a chance to learn and share about the use of timber in architecture, particularly around health and wellbeing and offsite construction. It provides a platform to discover what’s happening in the region and to be inspired by timber design.”

The week begins with a behind-the-scenes tour of wood-based materials manufacturer, Egger’s site in Hexham on 10 December. In the evening, Dr Oliver G.F. Jones, architecture professor and expert in human-environment interaction at Northumbria University, will give the keynote speech at a seminar on wellbeing, residential design and healthy homes. Taking place at Ryder Architecture’s home in Cooper’s Studios, Westgate Road, Newcastle, Dr Jones will be joined by a panel of experts including local housing providers and design professionals to explore biophilic design, light, space and air quality among other issues.

Offsite construction steals the show on 12 December with an evening seminar debating whether modern methods of construction are the future for homes in the North East. Hosted by Ryder at Cooper’s Studios, an expert panel will explore Home England’s strategic plan incorporating offsite construction and will ask if it’s the silver bullet to deliver much-needed homes.

A site visit to the unique self-build home, Shawm House, takes place on 11 December. Designed by Newcastle-based MawsonKerr Architects, the timber home won four regional RIBA awards, a national RIBA award and was shortlisted for Grand Designs ‘House of the Year’ in 2017. This is a rare opportunity to hear the homeowner’s story and experience the house for yourself.

Taking place throughout the week is an exhibition at Cooper’s Studios, exploring healthy buildings and driving the design and construction quality agenda through the use of modern methods of construction.

The finale for WoodFest Newcastle is the Superwood Conference on Friday 14 December at Northumbria University, hosted by Confor. 

Speakers include Paul Brennan, MEP for the North East, Adam James from Ryder Architecture, Councillor Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis from Edinburgh Napier University, Beccy Speight from the Woodland Trust, Neil Sutherland from Makar, Stuart Goodall from Confor, Simon Hart from Egger Forestry and Christiane Lellig from Wood for Good.

WoodFest Newcastle is organised in collaboration with regional partners Constructing Excellence, Egger, Mawson Kerr, RIBA North East, and Ryder Architecture.

You can book your place for the WoodFest Newcastle events here: https://woodforgood.com/index/woodfest-newcastle/

More information will be released soon about other regional WoodFests taking place throughout the country in 2019.

For sponsorship opportunities click here. If you would like to get involved in WoodFest you can also contact Wood for Good campaign director, Christiane Lellig, at [email protected]

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/timber-championed-launch-woodfest-10-14-december-2018-newcastle]

TRADA's Better Timber Buildings conference | 15 November 2018 | London

Following on from the success of the last two annual conferences, TRADA and their service provider Exova BM TRADA have joined forces to host a one-day timber conference levelled at uniting the industry in the pursuit of a common goal: building Better Timber Buildings.

On 15 November 2018, members of the timber industry will assemble at the Royal Geographical Society, London, for a day of talks, Q&As, and debate. The conference is aimed at architects, engineers, suppliers and clients, and aspires to support individuals looking to hone their talents when it comes to designing superb structures in timber. The day will involve four central sessions and attempts to unite inspirational case studies with practical hands-on guidance where high-performance is critical.

A broad array of topics are predicted, with planned talks and discussions around the following:

  • The awe-inspiring Macallan Distillery, arguably one of the most complex timber structures ever built in the UK;
  • The potential of timber design guides, such as TRADA’s National Structural Timber Specification (NSTS), which attempt to encapsulate decades of experience and innovation into streamlined documents that helpfully steer you to specify right from the ground up;
  • Current issues affecting the timber industry and well-rounded, practical solutions to them;
  • Correctly designing timber structures in relation to fire safety and durability; and
  • How we can utilise reports from home warranty and insurance providers, and quantity surveyors, to discover our past successes and mistakes.

“The Better Timber Buildings conference is about switching tack,” says TRADA’s Rupert Scott. “Timber’s popularity continues to grow but now, more than ever, we need to look further and begin taking our timber buildings to the next level. This means aspiring to do a better job right through the chain – from specification to completion – and the best way to start is collectively.”

To attend, please book here: http://bettertimberbuildings.eventbrite.co.uk

For further information, please check the online brochure here or contact Jane Lomas on [email protected] and 01494 569642.

View the event on the CTI Industry Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/tradas-better-timber-buildings-conference-15-november-2018-london]

Free exhibition: 'Timber rising - Vertical visions for the cities of tomorrow' | 9 February - 19 May 2018 | London

From 9 February to 19 May 2018, the Roca London Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects will host the exhibition 'Timber rising - Vertical visions for the cities of tomorrow'.

This free event focuses on the most significant timber and glulam projects carried out to date worldwide also interviewing engineers, architects and designers.

The exhibition showcases examples of completed projects which sit alongside more ambitious concept and research proposals, higlighting what is possible today and what may be possible in the future – with changing building codes and new thinking by developers, governments and the construction industry – for the cities of tomorrow.

"A timber revolution is in the air," explain the organisers Studio Woode and Clare Farrow. "In the last decade, a new phenomenon has occurred in architectural practice: the beginning of vertical building in wood. A number of architects working closely with world-class scientists and engineers, are experimenting with new engineered timber products including CLT (cross-laminated timber), predicting a future in which wood will potentially supersede concrete and steel in an effort to confront some of the most pressing issues of our time: high density cities, climate change, the housing crisis, and mental health." 

"High-rise (and mid-rise) mass timber structures combine lightness, speed and strength, with sustainability, humanity and wellbeing. Research is showing that the use of these engineered products, which still preserve the beauty, scent and warmth of wood, can benefit our own health as well as the environment, though the timber must be sourced from responsibly managed forests. Significantly lighter than concrete and steel, and using far less energy in the construction process, mass timber absorbs and sequesters CO2 in a remarkable way." 

"For the first time, this exhibition puts these timber developments (which are still evolving) into historical context and examines this new phenomenon in architecture, addressing issues of safety and urban health as well as the intimate human connection to wood including concepts such as Biophilia." 

A private view of the exhibition will be held on Thursday 8 February from 18.30 to 20.30. To attend the event, register at http://bit.ly/2E6wAIO

View the event on the CTI Industry Calendar here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/free-exhibition-timber-rising-vertical-visions-cities-tomorrow-9-february-19-may-2018-london]

Materials for Architecture 2018 | 25-26 April 2018 | ILEC, London

After a successful debut event in April 2017 that attracted over 1,000 visitors and 40 exhibitors, Materials for Architecture is returning to the ILEC Centre in West London on 25 and 26 April 2018.

Embracing the event’s ethos of innovation in the development and specification of products for architecture, construction, and design, Materials for Architecture 2018 will bring opportunities for visitors and exhibitors alike to learn, be inspired, and network.

Promoted by major organisations in the UK Timber Industry such as the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI), the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and Wood for Good, Materials 2018 features conferences, an exhibition area and a wide array of CPD seminars.

A particular focus will be set on the innovative development and application of materials for architecture and construction, from structure to finishes.

To register for free, visit www.materialsforarchitecture.com

View the event on the CTI Industry Calendar here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/materials-architecture-2018-25-26-april-2018-ilec-london]

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 [email protected]

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

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