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Illegal logging: China makes progress towards national Timber Legality Verification Scheme

The Illegal logging update and stakeholder consultation meeting held by Chatham House on 16-17 June provided an interesting overview on the developments of China Timber Legality Verification Scheme (CLTVS).

The Chinese delegation - composed by Chen Shaozhi from the Research Institute of Forestry Policy and Information at Chinese Academy of Forestry and Xu Bin, from Research Institute of Forestry Policy and Information at Chinese Academy of Forestry - explained background, progresses and impact of CTVLS in China.

The CTLVS is a government-led, voluntary and DD-based scheme, aimed to combat illegal logging, regulate timber products production in China and meet the global timber legality requirements. Through the scheme, China intends to "effectively and easily operating system to help the business trace and manage their supply chains for timber legality."

Main findings of the presentations include:

  • China has launched CTLVS standard piloting tests to verify quality managements requirements, information access, risk evaluation and risk mitigation tools
  • The preliminary five piloting tests have shown an improved understanding of legality among pilot companies and better capacity to exercise due diligence and legality
  • China is exploring mutual recognition mechanism through bi & multilateral dialogues with a wide range of trade partners (i.e. China's initiative on MRM in APEC EGLAT meeting in Qingao, 2014 or APEC legality guide).
  • CTLVS has gained increasing attentions from Chinese industry associations, CBs, CSOs and businesses. In particular CNFPIA and other associations have strong willingness to promote and implement CTLVS among their members, while a number of export-oriented companies, particularly SMEs, has casted concerns on the impact of the legality verification scheme

China is one of the world’s largest importers, consumers and exporters of wood-based products. According to the Illegal Logging portal, "the country’s demand for timber doubled over the period 2000-12, to supply both domestic and export markets, and this demand has been met increasingly by imports. In 2013, over 15% of imports of wood-based products were estimated to be illegal."

Find out more here.

 

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Danish students scoop top prize in TRADA timber design competition

This year’s TRADA National Student Design Competition - dubbed 'Arboreal' - saw the triumph of a cutting-edge timber structure inspired by nature.

The winning design – called ‘The Leaf’ – was created by students Laila Alawneh and Yliana Cristova from Aalborg University in Denmark. The judges were unanimous in their choice of the winner, which blended the performance characteristics of timber with a highly decorative aesthetic.

Laila and Yliana beat off strong competition from students from the University of Coventry, Wolverhampton University, University of Strathclyde and Edinburgh University, although so impressed were the judges by the standard of entries this year that they awarded not one but two ‘Highly Commended’ prizes.

NSDC 2016 challenged student designers to explore the science of timber as a modern construction material for a design for an exciting Wood Centre run by tree and forestry charity, The Sylva Foundation. University of Coventry’s Piotr A Bieluga and Adam Cross, from Wolverhampton University, both picked up Highly Commended awards, while students from Edinburgh University won Best Use of British Timber for their entry, entitled Group 9. 

Run by TRADA’s University Engagement Programme, the NSDC competition is supported by generous sponsorship from Arch Timber Protection, the Timber Trade Federation and Timbmet. The total prize package was worth £5,000.

The design brief included creating a new two-storey timber structure to serve as a multi use building, housing offices, seminar space, exhibition space and a field laboratory.

In the new design students had to reflect the ethos and vision of the charity. At the same time, they needed to incorporate cutting-edge materials and technologies throughout to act as inspiration to visitors and users and create a sustainable building both with the materials they propose and long term usage of the new building.

Charlie Law, from Sustainable Construction Solutions Ltd, was one of the judges. He said: "I thought all of the finalist’s produced excellent entries, each of which covered the brief in the main in their own way. The winning entry, however, was one of the most striking entries, using CLT (or Glulam) to produce a church like structure that really caught the judges’ eye."

“The detail the students had gone into to find the best orientation for the natural lighting of the exhibition space, and modelling of various forms to ensure it would work structurally, was admirable. A very well worked entry, and a unanimous winner from the judges.”

Commenting on their winning entry, Laila and Yliana said: “The most challenging part [of the brief] was to provide a cutting edge timber structure that was not only high in performance but also decorative. We wanted to take the design to a height where it would challenge the plasticity of timber with a creative design solution that shows the beauty of natural forms."

“We clearly understood that this structure was required to stand out as a showcase of how flexible it is to use timber in construction, one that would break the traditional conception most people have of buildings made of timber.”

 

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Snows Timber launches Twitter Campaign to collect & share wood history pictures

Snows Timber, one of the leading UK importers, processors and distributors of timber products, is asking merchant customers to share pictures of any summer-time wood history ‘finds’ through @SnowsTimber on Twitter.

“We’re launching this campaign to tie in with a great piece of wood history that’s re-opening today: the new Mary Rose ship museum on Portsmouth Historic Dockyard,” says Snows’ Sales Director Andy Jones.

“Henry VIII’s Mary Rose sank on the 19th July 1545. Its rediscovery shows how many different uses there were for wood products in times past. We’d like customers to share their wood history ‘finds’ during the summer. We have a limited number of copies of ‘The Mary Rose Revealed’, published by the Mary Rose museum, to thank them for sharing their pictures with the Snows community online,” Andy Jones adds.

Merchant customers can tweet their summer holiday wood history pictures to @SnowsTimber or e-mail them, with their permission to share online, to: [email protected].

The campaign will continue until the end of August.

[Picture courtesy of Steve Foote]

 

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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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