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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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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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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 info@woodawards.com or francesca@friendsandco.co.uk

 

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