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CTI extends sponsorship with Structural Timber Awards 2016

The Confederation of Timber Industries has confirmed its sponsorship of the Product Innovation Category at the Structural Timber Awards 2016.

The event, designed to celebrate the best in timber construction world, will take place on 19 October 2016 at NEC, Birmingham.

The Product Innovation Award intends to showcase both new innovative products and existent items on the market used in a fresh and inventive way. The winner must demonstrate that the product or emerging technology meets the appropriate UK building regulations and health and safety standards.

Shortlisted projects will include physical products designed specifically for timber usage or a general building products revealing a new dimension when used in conjunction with timber technology. 

Submissions are open until 31 May 2016.


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Construction of Vienna 24-storey wood building to start this Spring

Image courtesy of of the world's tallest wood building will start this spring in Vienna, Austria. 

When completed in 2017, the 'HoHo building' will have 24 storeys, surpassing by far 'The Tree', a 14-storey residential building under construction in Bergen, Norway

The wood high-rise is located in Seestadt Aspern northeast of Vienna by the Seepark park. With a height of roughly 84 metres and an estimated cost of £50 million, roughly 75 percent of the building will be made of wood. The service core will be constructed of solid reinforced concrete to which the timber supporting structure is secured.

 "Wood is a natural choice in Austria, because more of it grows than is used. Wood is cost-effective, it saves resources, it has high acceptability and wood surfaces create a natural atmosphere in indoor spaces. We have developed a technical wood construction system that enables construction of tall buildings", architect and planner Rudiger Lainer said.

"The starting point is to realise the building as efficiently as possible. We combine wood construction with concrete construction and with this synergy we strive for the best possible solution from the standpoint of building regulations, quality, cost-efficiency, fire safety and flexibility," Lainer added.

To read the complete interview with Mr Laner click here.

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Building Centre conference on custom-build housing | 22 February

On Monday 22 February, the Building Centre in London will hold the conference 'Rethinking the way we live: custom-build'.

The event, fruit of the partnership between The Building Centre and the Museum of Architecture, will focus on custom-build market in the UK.

In Britian, over six million people are looking to get involved in a custom-build project, and over two-thirds of people reluctant to buy an off-the-peg volume-built house. However, it is estimated that just 10,000 self and custom-built homes were built in 2015.

The conferene will explore the reasons why the UK fails to deliver bespoke homes and what the built environment industry can do to encourage growth in custom-build.

Speakers include: Alex Ely, director of Mae Architects; Chris Brown, chief executive of Igloo Regeneration; Gus Zogolovitch, CEO and founder of Inhabit Homes; Geoff Shearcroft, director of AOC Architecture; Chair: Alice Grahame, freelance journalist and communications advisor, The Guardian and resident of a Walter Segal house.

Tickets are available here.

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National Trust plants hundreds of trees to celebrate gardens designer 'Capability' Brown

The National Trust has launched a year of celebrations for the 300th anniversary of the birth of 'Capability' Brown, one of the UK's greatest landscape gardeners.

The event will being marked with hundreds of trees planted in gardens he designed, starting from Croome in Worcestershire

Other massive plantings will be carried out this spring in famous Capability Brown gardens at Sheffield Park, East Sussex; Stowe, Buckinghamshire; Wimpole, Cambridgeshire; Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire; and Wallington, Northumberland.

500 trees have already been planted this year respecting Brown's original design through the use of GPS technology to match up planting sites to the 18th century plans.

National Trust director-general Dame Helen Ghosh said: "Capability Brown was one of this country's greatest landscape gardeners. Not only did he design or advise on over 250 landscapes in this country over four decades, but his influence spread throughout Europe. He created works of art in nature and we are proud to look after some of his most complete landscapes for the public to enjoy."

UK Papermakers Confederation joins anti-Brexit coalition

In the debate on the future of the European Union, the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) sets out the case for the UK remaining within a reformed EU.

According to the Confederation, withdrawing from the EU would be detrimental to the UK casting doubts over free movement and regulatory frameworks. Exporters to the EU would still have to comply with a host of EU regulations and standards, and UK’s Papermakers, Converters and Recyclers would be projected into a period of uncertainty. That blurry business environment could jeopardise the 25,000 direct and 100,000 indirect jobs in the paper supply chain in the UK.

This being said, the CPI encourages a deep reform process of the European Union. "EU officials legislate in isolation regardless of the consequences to European industry, placing burdens and restrictions on industries such as Paper, particularly in relation to environmental, energy and climate change measures", the Confederation claims. 

In the MPs Briefing held last week, the CPI addressed again the UK Government asking to adapt the regulatory regime for Energy Intensive Industries to the other EU countries. "Failure to act will result in the loss of even more capacity. The UK’s Paper Industry lost a massive 20% of its capacity in 2015 and our country is now the largest importer of paper anywhere in the world."

David Workman, CPI Chief Executive, added: “The debate on our membership of the EU will undoubtedly intensify over the coming months but we would urge Members of Parliament to recognise that the challenges for Energy Intensive Industries in the 21st century will be enormous and that we genuinely believe that we are in a better position to face them from within a reformed EU.”

The MPs Briefing can be downloaded in full from the CPI website here.