Industry News

PEFC UK celebrates key achievements of 2015

Earlier this month, PEFC UK held its 15th Annual General Meeting in London.

In his first annual report, Chairman Ross Bradshaw highlighted PEFC UK’s key achievements over the past year:

  • the re-endorsement of PEFC’s sustainable forest management scheme by CPET
  • the commitment of high street restaurant chains to using PEFC-certified packaging for their products

CPET’s 2015 review of the public sector timber procurement policy (TPP) Category A Evidence, concluded that both PEFC and FSC remain 100% compliant with the Category A legality criteria. Both schemes were also found to be over 90% compliant with the sustainability criteria and as such continue to deliver the CPET requirements for legality and sustainability.

Over the past year several high street restaurant chains have now committed to using PEFC-certified packaging for their products. KFC use the PEFC label on its customer-facing packaging to provide assurances of responsible sourcing. Pizza Hut uses the PEFC label on its chicken buckets and McDonald’s recently announced the packaging used in its European restaurants is now certified.

"It is excellent news that companies accounting for such a large proportion of our high street food outlets, have pledged to source their packaging sustainably to help protect the world’s forests", commented Mr Bradshaw. 

Further highlights of the year can be found in PEFC 2016 Annual Report.

 

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'Timber can help UK achieve its housing and climate goals', said Wood for Good Director

Christiane Lellig, Campaign Director at Wood For Good, has recently joined the Business Reporter debate on sustainable future.

The aim of the initiative, launched by the business and technology magazine, is to understand how innovations across disparate UK leading Industries could lead to a greener, more sustainable future.

In her contribution, Wood for Good Campaign Director underlined the environmental and social benefits of building with wood.

"With the built environment a main contributor to carbon emissions, UK housebuilding activity is currently caught between two conflicting aims – fulfilling demand for 200,000 new homes per annum, and meeting targets set in Paris to tackle climate change", said Ms Lellig.

"By using timber both of these challenges can be met, thanks to its energy-efficient properties and faster build times in comparison to traditional building methods. Wood is the world’s only carbon-negative building material. It is unique in its ability to store carbon as it grows, the most natural and effective way of removing CO2 from the atmosphere."

"Increased use of timber in construction would not only promote sustainability through improved thermal efficiency in homes, but also by creating a supply and demand opportunity for commercial forestry, boosting carbon absorption by simply growing more trees. Climate change is very much a modern challenge, yet by using the world’s most versatile natural building material, wood, the UK can create a successful carbon storage mechanism for a sustainable future", Ms Lellig concluded.

Read the full debate here.

 

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Metsä Wood launches international competition to redesign cities in wood

Metsä Wood has launched a new international design competition called The City Above The City to explore how timber construction can tackle the problems of urbanisation.

The Awards are the next phase of the company’s Plan B initiative, a project focused on realising iconic architectural designs - including the Roman Colisseum and the Empire State Building - out of wood.

“Cities all over the world are in dire need of new ways to house a rapidly growing urban population,” the company said. “The City Above the City international wood design competition invites architects and students from all over the world to solve the challenges of urbanization in both sustainable and humane ways.”

“We need to start building up, and stop tearing down. We have an alternative. A building extension constructed with a timber frame can be a fast, sustainable and inexpensive solution,” said Michael Green of Vancouver-based Michael Green Architects, a member of the competition judging panel."

The entrants are encouraged to select a centrally-located building in one of the world’s most populated cities and develop an innovative wood design solution that adds density through additional floors. Building additional floors with Kerto LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) as the primary material is a central requirement for the design work. Preferred cities include London, Berlin, Paris, Washington, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Istanbul and Shanghai.

The design should either integrate with an existing structure or knit itself into the urban fabric of the city. Entrants are challenged to propose construction systems that draw on the performance characteristics of a variety of wood technologies.

The competition will be evaluated by an international jury with extensive in-depth expertise in wood structure architecture and sustainable design. 

The deadline for submitting projects for the City Above the City design competition is 30th of September 2016.

Further information are available here.

 

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BMF urges new government to discuss Brexit impact on Construction Industry

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is leading calls for urgent talks with the government over the impact of Brexit on the construction industry. 

Following the appointment of the new Prime Minister, Theresa May and her Cabinet, the BMF has written to key Ministers to highlight the urgency and importance to the UK economy and jobs of the construction sector in the context of Brexit.

The BMF has welcomed the new Prime Minister’s early pledge that the new government will prioritise housebuilding, which is recognition of both the importance of the sector and the current uncertainty in the economy.  

BMF has called for a clear plan from the new Prime Minister and the Government that includes:

  • Assurances of continued support for housebuilding, investment in infrastructure to unlock sites, and further reforms to speed up the planning process
  • Recognition of the importance of investing in apprenticeships and other skills development in the industry to build a workforce for the future, taking account of the impact of the possible end of free movement.
  • Guarantees that the construction industry will be consulted about the impact of the transition to operating within a potential UK only framework, including new product standards and a possible return to the emphasis on the British Kite Mark
  • Confirmation that the BMF along with other key industry bodies, including the FMB and the CPA, will be consulted and involved in a dialogue with the government as Brexit talks and negotiation develops.

BMF MD John Newcomb said: “Construction is hugely important for the UK economy and it is vital that the industry is prioritised and consulted by the government as Brexit plans develop.  We want to hear concrete commitments from the government to support housebuilding.  It is also critical that we are involved in planning for the potential end of free movement, so that we have the skilled workforce ready that we will need for the future."

"We have had very constructive relations with David Cameron’s government and we are looking forward to working closely with the new government”.

 

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British Woodworking Federation appoints new President

Cliff Thrumble, Managing Director of Boyland Windows has been appointed new President of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

Mr Thrumble built his career at Boyland Joinery over 20 years, starting as a labourer before completing an apprenticeship as a bench joiner and working his way up through the company via design, estimating and surveying before becoming commercial director and then managing director at 35. He has also managed the Timber Window Accreditation Scheme and been heavily involved with the Wood Window Alliance.

Mr Thrumble takes on the BWF presidency after three years of leadership by David Pattenden, managing director of Specialist Joinery (South) Ltd.

The new BWF President said: “I owe a debt of gratitude to David who steps down as president having led the BWF through its most successful years yet. The BWF is now in excellent shape, with more than 700 members, subscriptions increasing, a clear strategy and a powerful voice with policy makers.

“My most urgent priority in my time as president will be about helping to tackle the ongoing skills crisis, both in terms of increasing awareness of joinery as a secure and rewarding trade to bright school children and career changers, and increasing the commitment to training given to joiners, machinist and installers. This is a critical part of the BWF’s action plan for the success of the industry.

“It is also very much about ensuring the BWF talks to the wider industry, and our members talk to us. We have a strong trade body, but we need to do more to grow membership and engage as many as possible in our work. This means meeting the needs of all members and adding their voice to ours. A key part of my role will be in helping the BWF team to keep our feet on the ground while we look to the horizon.”

Iain McIlwee, Chief Executive of the BWF, commented: “Cliff has the woodworking industry in his DNA. He has already contributed a huge amount to bringing the BWF to where it is today. He gets the practicalities and can help us to shape the changes we need to deliver to support an evolving sector in a new economic environment.

“We live in interesting and exciting times. The years of Cliff’s presidency are likely to be among the most critical in the history of the woodworking industry, and we are looking forward to meeting the many changes head on.”

The appointment of the BWF’s new president took place at the AGM and annual Members’ Day which attracted 150 representatives from joinery manufacturing businesses across the country.

 

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