Industry Events

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]


 

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PEFC UK to hold its Annual Stakeholder Day on 4th July 2017

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), has announced its regular Annual Stakeholder Day will take place at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NVCO), London, Tuesday 4 July.

This year’s theme will be Delivering Impacts in the Forest with speakers from the UK and overseas providing a snapshot of the importance of forest certification and how it is affecting forests in North America, Asia and Europe.

Although the UK has one of the lowest forest cover areas in Europe – just 13%, compared to 75% in Finland, 32% in Germany and 29% in France – it is the sixth largest consumer market in the world and the fifth largest timber importer. The presentations will enable those who are trading in certified forest products to learn more about what lies behind the PEFC label and the difference forest certification is making on the ground. Speakers from around the world will illustrate the vital importance of forests to biodiversity, rural development and carbon sequestration.

Subjects will include the key role that forests play in capturing carbon across North American woodlands from Dr Mark Johnston, of the Saskatchewan Research Council, Ana Rengifo Abbad will showcase Iberia’s cork oak forests and their role in rural development. Dr Melvin Gumal from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Malaysia, will illustrate the vital importance of keeping tropical forests healthy to ensure that future habitats for endangered species are protected, with Confor’s Andrew Heald explaining how biodiversity works from a UK forestry perspective.

The afternoon will conclude with a Q&A discussion session chaired by PEFC International’s Peter Latham followed by a networking drinks reception. PEFC UK Chairman, Ross Bradshaw said: “The UK is such a huge marketplace for forest products, encompassing everything from paper cups and packaging materials to joinery products and structural timber that people forget the fundamental role PEFC plays in the forest. We hope that all those joining us for this year’s stakeholder event will be able to gain a better understanding of the impact PEFC certification has on local communities and forest owners and how that translates into the certified material we know so well.”   

The event will be sponsored by James Latham, Soil Association and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

For more information and registration, click here or contact Hilary Khawam at hilary.khawam@pefc.co.uk.

 

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Explore Offsite Education: conference & exhibition | 18 May 2017 | London

On 18th May 2017, Explore Offsite, in collaboration with the Education & Skills Funding Agency, will hold an integrated conference and exhibition event in London focused on the offsite construction sector.

The event aims to create a platform for construction clients, architects, engineers and contractors to come together and discuss the latest offsite solutions in the education sector.

The conference comes at a time when the government has just confirmed that an investment of c. £2 billion is to be allocated to rebuild or refurbish 277 schools across England.

This marks the second phase of the priority school building programme (PSBP), which presents the opportunity for offsite construction to play a major role to help meet challenging targets. One of the most frequently cited benefits of offsite construction is the speed of construction that it offers, with the time required to construct and commission an offsite building being typically reduced by 50-60 percent in cases where large elements can be prefabricated.

The complete conference programme is available here. For further info and online registration, click here.

 

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International Conference: Russia's market of timber and sawn wood 2017 | 21 April 2017 | Moscow

On 21th April 2017, the Intercontinental Hotel Moscow will host the international conference "Russia's market of timber and sawn wood 2017."

The event - supported by the Russia's Ministry of Industry and Trade, Industry department of HMAO-Ugra - will focus on growth prospects for the Russia's national forest industry and will provide a platform for discussion of current issues regarding Russian timber market.

Export trends, processing prospects, lessees’ potential changeover to the intensive model of forest management and regeneration are some of the matters for analysis and definition of the forest industry outlook. 

The regulatory environment of the forest industry will come under special scrutiny. Discussions will revolve around the initiative by Russia’s industry and trade ministry to limit exports of birch as a result of veneer stock shortages in the domestic market and its potential impact. 

The 2017 conference will also debate on timber transportation, the introduction of base railway stations and creation of local hubs on the basis of regular timber transhipment railway stations. 

Main topics on the conference also include:

  • Global trends in logging and wood processing
  • Potential impact from the forthcoming birch export ban
  • New forestry and related legislation. Government agencies’ initiatives
  • Pricing, trading instruments (OTC and exchange trading), foreign and regional best practices in trade and standard development
  • Regional and foreign experience of wood processing. Expanding assortments
  • Lessees’ potential changeover to the intensive model of forest management and regeneration
  • Rolling stock availability crisis – platforms, open-top cars, chip-carriers. Rates analysis. Timber transportation from felling sites
  • Possible revision of road trains loading norms as timber transportation by truck is transfixed by weight-checking stations in the regions

The complete event programme is available here.

For more details, contact +7(495) 775-07-40 or info@maxconf.ru.

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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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