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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.

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/mets%C3%A4-wood-launches-international-competition-redesign-cities-wood]

James Latham supports Bristol Community Project for park redevelopment

[Photo courtesy of James Latham and Accoya]

James Latham’s depot at Yate has supplied a community project with Accoya – the high performance, modified and long life wood – that has transformed an abandoned, overgrown area in Bristol into a thriving pocket park designed for storytelling.

The Accoya was used to create an eye-catching piece of sculpture in the form of a snaking bench which was designed by architecture students from UWE (University of the West of England) and was made by contemporary furniture makers Ooma Design of Corsham (oomadesign.com)

Through consultation with local residents in Bedminster, it was decided that sharing stories is a group activity that can be enjoyed by all ages and provide a platform for communication.

Dr Rachel Sara, Associate Professor in Architecture at UWE commented: “The team wanted to create a piece of sculpture, that when placed on site, transformed the area into a space tailored for storytelling.  The sculpture is expressed as a continuous curved bench containing and sheltering a focused story circle and the seating can accommodate small groups and individuals."

“It has been a really rewarding project and we are extremely grateful to James Latham at Yate for having supplied Accoya wood. Accoya is an extensively proven and high performance wood and because of the modification technique that is used, it is ideal for outdoor use and challenging applications.  I know both the students and the team at Ooma Design have been really impressed with it.”


Andy Duffin, Operations Director of Lathams Limited said: “By creating this park, the team has inspired the community to engage with and maintain a unique area of green space within the urban street scape of Bedminster which otherwise would have remained an overgrown, disused space that was being used to store building waste.  We were delighted to help and to see how Accoya had been used in such and imaginative and original application.”

 

[News URL:  http://www.cti-timber.org/content/james-latham-supports-bristol-community-project-park-redevelopment]

Timbmet MD Nigel Cox is the new BMBI Expert for timber and panel products

Timbmet Managing Director Nigel Cox has joined the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) as the Expert for Timber and Panel Products. Featuring from Q1 2016 report, Mr Cox (in the picture on the left) will focus on timber and panel products market, explaining issues, trends, and new opportunities.

Launched in 2015 by MRA Marketing, under the aegis of the Builders’ Merchant Federation (BMF), the BMBI offers data from GFK’s General Builders’ Merchant Panel with input from national and regional builders’ merchants accounting for over 80% of industry sales. 

Nigel Cox commented: “We are pleased to join the BMBI as the Expert for our market. It’s a great initiative to raise awareness of our industry to a wide audience. BMBI provides a platform for Experts to educate, inform and explain their own markets and add perspective to overall trends and issues. I’m excited about the plans to develop BMBI and pleased that Timbmet is speaking exclusively for Timber and Panel Products.”

BMF Managing Director John Newcomb added: “It’s great to have Timbmet on board. Their support endorses the growing awareness and significance of BMBI to our industry. We’ve only just scratched the surface with our plans to develop understanding of our markets and leading brands outside the industry.” 

Timbmet is a leading national supplier and distributor of hardwood timber, engineered timber and panel products. Other BMBI Experts include: Knauf Insulation, Keylite, Hanson Cement, Keystone Lintels, Crystal Direct, IKO PLC and Alumasc Water Management Solutions.

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/timbmet-md-nigel-cox-new-bmbi-expert-timber-and-panel-products]

Timber Expo collects Industry leaders' opinions on structural timber market - video

'Timber Advisory Panel' 

Timber Expo, part of UK Construction Week, has released a video featuring some of the most influential UK Timber industry personalities' opinions on timber and construction developments.

The short film was shot during the latest Advisory Panel meeting organised by Timber Expo 2016 in April 2016.

The panel consisted of 14 industry leaders, including Oliver Novakovic, Technical and Innovation Director at Barratt Developments, Andrew Carpenter, Chief executive of the Structural Timber Association (STA) and David Hopkins, Director of the Timber Trade Federation.

Mr Carpenter said: “To ensure the continued growth of the structural timber sector, we need to focus on the speed of build and energy efficiency benefits that the product presents.”

Chair of the panel, Rupert Scott, Membership and Marketing Manager at TRADA added: “By expanding design catalogues and companies taking more responsibility for the design process, cost effective designs can be achieved.”

Highlights of the Advisory Panel meeting can be found here.

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US Senators propose bill to push research in timber construction

A bipartisan group of American Senators has presented a new bill to US Congress aimed to boost research and development of timber in construction.

In details, the so called 'Timber Innovation Act' would incentivise design and realisation of timber buildings above 85 feet in height or roughly seven or more stories across the United States. 

The bill would also create federal grants to support state, local, university and private sector education, outreach, research and development, including education and assistance for architects and builders that will accelerate the use of wood in tall buildings.

Finally the 'Timber Innovation Act' would implement a program of education and technical assistance for mass timber applications through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), state foresters and state extension directors.

The American Wood Council (AWC)American Forest Foundation (AFF)Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC) and Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA) have publicly expressed their support for the bill.

AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski said: “Advancing the construction of tall wood buildings will help lower the cost of building construction and reduce reliance on fossil fuel-intensive materials. This in turn helps avoid production of greenhouse gases that would have otherwise been emitted during manufacture of alternative products. Tall wood building construction will also support jobs in areas of rural America that have yet to recover from the recession. Given the many national benefits that would occur as a result of bill’s passage, the United States has an opportunity to accelerate and lead in the adoption of tall wood buildings and significantly expand markets for wood products."

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/us-senators-propose-bill-push-research-timber-construction]

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