Industry News

Volunteers needed to develop NOS for Health and Safety in Wood

Proskills is looking for volunteers to help develop National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Health and Safety in Wood. The first meeting will take place on 15th July 2015 at 10.30 at GQA Offices, Sheffield.

The working group, expected to meet at least twice throughout the project, will be responsible for:

- Identifying standards for development
- Supporting the development of the standards
- Support wider consultation
- Signing off the final standards

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the woodworking industry, especially in small and medium business, has one of the highest accident rates in manufacturing, most of which are caused by contact with moving machinery. This accounted for 25% of all major accidents and one of last year’s. In 2012‐13 the HSE received 784 reported injuries.

For further information download the description and the activities map or contact Lisa Williamson.

Timber buildings cheaper to construct than traditional designs, TDA report says

According to a new study led by Andrew Dunn, chief executive of the Timber Development Association (TDA) in Australia, timber buildings can be up to 10-15% cheaper to construct than concrete-framed or steel-framed buildings.

The report “Commercial Building Costing Case Studies – Traditional Design versus Timber Project” shows that timber construction saves 12.4% for a commercial office building, 13.9% for an aged care facility, 2.2% for an apartment building and 9.4% for a portal-framed industrial shed. The study includes costs associated with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, facade and acoustic insulation.

The University of Technology Sydney, alongside Arup, AECOM, Studio 505 and Fitzpatrick + Partners, co-developed the research method and collaborated on design, cost and site issues.

Further information on ArchDaily website.

PEFC calls on Consumers to make a difference on tackling deforestation

"By opting for PEFC‐labelled products consumers can all make our own small yet important contribution to avoid deforestation and support responsible forest management”, highlighted Mr William Street Jr., Chairman of PEFC International, at the Forest Certification Leaders' summit held yesterday in London.

“At a time when the world’s governments, businesses and civil society leaders are focusing on developing global commitments to combat climate change, to be agreed at the Climate Summit in Paris in December this year, consumers can already participate in making a difference”, Mr Street added.

According to a recent PEFC survey, more than 2/3 of consumers globally think that opting for a labeled certified product, from sustainably managed forests, can have a positive impact on the environment.

During the London summit, the panels also discussed the importance of well-managed woodlands, underlining targets and achievements of PEFC's approach. "Since PEFC started some 15 years ago, as a small European NGO, our movement has rapidly expanded to a worldwide phenomenon and now more than 260 million hectares of forests worldwide are verified as being sustainably managed. To put this in scale, that is an area equivalent to the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Finland combined", explained Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International.

“Nowadays, we see tremendous interest in our work especially in Asia, where we have seen China, Indonesia and Malaysia obtaining PEFC recognition in the past few years. This has been acting as a catalyst to inspire other countries in the region, such as India, Japan, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam, to follow their example of promoting sustainable forest management and PEFC certification. We are about to make great strides in Africa in the Congo Basin were we expect to see the first certifications shortly,” Mr Gunneberg concluded.

Wood in Architecture Award 2015 last call for entries

The World Architecture News (WAN) Wood in Architecture Award 2015 is closing for entries on the 30th of June. 

The award aims to honour the most daring, innovative and visually buildings that highlight the unique qualities of timber. The winner will be announced at the UK Construction Week on 8 October 2015.

This year’s jury includes: Ann Marie Aguilar, Associate Director at Arup Associates; James Greaves, Partner at Hopkins Architects; Dmitri Jajich, Associate Director at Skidmore Owings & Merrill; and Mikko Viljakainen, Director of Puuinfo.

For further information about the WAN awards and details on how to join the competition, click here.

New £100m biomass terminal announced for the port of Liverpool

Graham Construction will build a new £100m biomass terminal in the Port of Liverpool.

The facility will process up to 3m tonnes of wood pellets a year, shipped from North America to Liverpool, to be used as biomass fuel in the newly-decarbonised Drax power station in North Yorkshire. 

The new terminal is expected to generate 300 jobs in construction and across the supply chain, becoming fully operational in July 2016. 

“This project builds on the experience we have gained from building similar facilities on the east coast of England", said Leo Martin, executive director at Graham. “We will be designing and building a state of the art plant which will employ industry-leading technologies to ensure that the facility can be safely operated and maintained”, he added.