Industry News

AHEC to hold seminar in Hanoi in June 2015

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has announced a seminar to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 22 June 2015. 

There will be five supporting organisations including Vietnam Association of Architects(VAA), Vietnam Timber and Forest Products Industry Association (VTiForest), HAWA, Vietnam Design Association(VDA) and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). 

Architects, designers, contractors, furniture producers and forestry experts are expected to join the seminar.

John Chan, AHEC Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Greater China, said: “One of the reasons that we hold our seminar in Hanoi is because sustainable US hardwoods are getting more popular in Vietnam in the past 10 years”.

Find out more on AHEC website.

Dave Heeley to speak at BMF Members’ Day

Dave Heeley, an inspirational, fundraising adventurer has been confirmed as the latest speaker for the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Members’ Day on 16-17 September 2015. 

"Blind Dave", as he is known to his friends, is the first and only blind man to complete three separate incredible physical challenges. Among these the Marathon de Sables, a six-day, 156 mile ultra-marathon in the Sahara Desert.

Significantly, 2015 Members' Day theme is "People, Purpose & Passion" and Dave is the perfect speaker to talk about the importance of teamwork, the power of trusting in your team, and effective communication and how to use it.

Find out more on BMF website.

Microalgae and waste biomass, here the future asphalt

An environmentally friendly asphalt, made of microalgae and waste biomass, including wood and sewage, could replace the common bitumen used on our roads.

In a statement to the Guardian, Bruno Bujoli, director of research at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) at the University of Nantes, said: "The chemical composition of the microalgae bioasphalt differs from petroleum-derived asphalt, but initial tests have concluded that it also bears similar viscous properties and can bind aggregates together efficiently, as well as being able to cope with loads such as vehicles". How does it work? Find out more here.

New waste wood energy plant will light 49,000 homes in Yorkshire

Barnsley metropolitan borough council gave planning permission to build a £65 million waste wood gasification plant on a former coal mine. The future Renewable Energy Centre, managed by Peel Environmental, will be capable of processing 150,000 tonnes of waste wood each year and will generate enough energy to power ca49,000 homes in Yorkshire.

Peel Environment said that "the development would provide up to 25 jobs during operation and 200 jobs during the construction phase". Find out more on

England could need 1m houses by 2025

"Without urgent action to release and consent more land, England’s housing shortfall will total 1 million within 10 years", underlines a report by the global real estate provider Savills. "Britain is facing an annual shortfall of 136,000 new homes across, 100,000 of which is in England", continues the report.  

"This gap can be reduced substantially, but only by boosting the supply of consented development land in high demand locations and supporting a wider range of developers and delivery models". According to Savills, private housebuilders could deliver 150,000 new houses starts a year in England by 2020 but they need to be backed up by a National housing policy. Find out more on Savills website and Telegraph website.