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PEFC launches 2018 photo contest to celebrate forests and wildlife

Following on from the successful 2017 competition, PEFC UK and PEFC Ireland have launched the 2018 photographic competition with the theme of Forests, our Home, Workplace and Playground.

The contest - to close on World Environment Day on 5th June - aims to highlight the importance of caring for our forests and why sustainable forest management and certification are such important element of this.

The PEFC is looking for exciting and inspiring images showing how people use the forests for a range of key reasons – from commercial purposes to relaxation as well as examples of how wildlife including birds, animals and insects rely on them for food and shelter.

There are three national cash prizes to be won and the winners will be announced by the end of June. The winning photos will then be entered into an international competition to find a worldwide winner and the chance to win a further special prize. 

Entrants are invited to submit their photographs through Instagram using the hashtag #forestplaywork. Further details and terms and conditions can be found at www.pefc.photo

 

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Housebuilders covered with updated TRA roofing guidance

New roofing guidance for housebuilders has been published by the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA).

How to Build Compliant Spandrel Panels, which is endorsed by the NHBC, has been updated to include information about single-skin cladding for spandrel panels.

The guide - downloadable here - has a page featuring fermacell Gypsum Fibreboard as an example of how single-skin cladding can replace two sheets of plasterboard either side of a spandrel panel, without compromising fire and acoustic requirements.

Jonathan Fellingham, TRA chairman, said: “The first version of the guide we published last year proved to be very useful to housebuilders.

“We decided to update the guide to add more useful information for housebuilders on single-skin cladding options for spandrels. We take our collaboration with the installers of our products seriously and are committed to offering guidance to increase quality and accuracy wherever possible.”

Throughout the guide there are technical drawings and 3D renders showing safe and compliant installation methods for spandrel panels. Where necessary these have also been updated to show closer detail of bracing, and to demonstrate different ways to restrain spandrel panels.

Further guidance will be published throughout 2018 providing the latest advice on all aspects of the design, manufacture and safe installation of roof components.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/housebuilders-covered-updated-tra-roofing-guidance]

Montréal Wood Convention 2018: record of participation shattered

The 2018 Montreal Wood Convention brought together nearly 1,000 participants from 20 to 22 March. In addition to Canadians from 7 provinces and Americans from 26 states, this year's Congress welcomed visitors from Mexico, France, China, Japan, Senegal, Germany, Austria, Hong Kong and Jordan.

The challenges of transport logistics and labor as well as the opportunities offered by the growing Chinese economy were widely discussed during the event by the twenty or so speakers present. 

"The wood products industry needs to work on succession planning, job creation, regional work promotion, and continuing education," said Sven Gustavsson, manager, softwoods, at the Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB) co-organizer of the event with the Québec Forest Industry Council, the Maritime Lumber Bureau and the Ontario Forest Industries Association. As for the exhibitors' fair, it had a record attendance for the 110 exhibitors present.

The 2019 edition will take place March 19-22 at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montréal.

Speakers' presentations from the 2018 edition are now freely available (and downloadable) here.

 


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BVRio launches strategic partnership to promote responsible Timber Exchange in Indonesia

BVRio, Landscape Indonesia and the Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute (LEI) have established a partnership based on the mutual intention of pursuing sustainable forest management in Indonesia.

The three parties will work together to promote the use of the Responsible Timber Exchange (RTX) in Indonesia, by including Indonesian responsible timber sellers and buyers in the platform and promoting their products in the international market.

In November 2016, Indonesia became the first country to fully achieve its VPA objectives and be authorized to issue FLEGT licenses. The aim of the initiative is to support the Indonesian timber industry to maintain their engagement with the FLEGT Action Plan and attract more companies to it.

"An essential part of this process is to assist companies in promoting their timber products in international markets, ensuring that the sector is rewarded for their efforts in adopting legality and sustainability standards," explains a note from BVRio.
 
"BVRio Responsible Timber Exchange utilizes a wide range of e-commerce and digital marketing tools combined with direct engagement with timber traders in the EU, US and China. The RTX platform is already fully accessible in Bahasa Indonesia and provides a registration tutorial for Indonesian users, making it perfectly placed to promote Indonesian responsible timber products in international markets."

LEI will bring a wealth of experience to the partnership, having been very active in promoting sustainability of forest enterprises and community forestry projects in Indonesia for a long time.

Finally, Landscape Indonesia will in charge for providing advisory services on sustainable landscape management financing and development facilities.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/bvrio-launches-strategic-partnership-promote-responsible-timber-exchange-indonesia]

Responsible wood sourcing matters for UK citizens, FSC underlines

Ahead of the International Day of Forests tomorrow, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has remarked the role of certified timber for the future of forests worldwide.

Rosie Teasdale, Executive Director at FSC UK said: “If we want forests to be here for future generations, it is vital that we source our wood and paper products responsibly.”

“It is really encouraging to see just how many people in the UK care about where the products they buy are coming from. Choosing and promoting FSC-certified products and materials is one way to help ensure forests for all forever, allowing us to enjoy all the benefits that forests give us, now and in the future.”

According to a recent consumer survey conducted by Global Market Research TNS, three quarters of UK citizens believe it is important for the products they purchase to have been responsibly sourced.

And as public awareness around the environmental impact of plastics reaches new heights; businesses, organisations and the government itself have announced ways in which they will change and innovate to counter the tidal wave of waste.

As this renaissance takes hold, it is important that organisations making the transition do so in a responsible manner. Switching from oil-derived plastics to forest-based materials can be a positive move, but if not implemented correctly it can have a major impact on the environment.

Without credible, independent certification, it can be difficult to be sure that a forest product has been sourced responsibly and is not contributing to global deforestation.

"55% of people in the UK recognise the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) logo, the mark of responsible forestry (TNS 2018)," the FSC underlines.

"The FSC logo helps brands align with public expectations and demonstrate their responsible sourcing."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/responsible-wood-sourcing-matters-uk-citizens-fsc-underlines]

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