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A Glimpse into the Future: Mass Timber Projects

Enthusiasm for solid wood architecture (also known as mass timber architecture) and wood engineering is spreading all over the world. A new generation of architects and designers are now determined to promote timber as the material of choice for a wide range of innovative and challenging projects.

This boom in tall wood buildings’ design and planning is driven by advanced solutions in materials technology. In particular engineered timber products such as Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) - a structural two-way spanning solid wood panel - and Glued Laminated Timber (Glulam) - manufactured from layers of parallel timber laminations - are massively expanding Architects’ possibilities.

In the table below, we have collected some of the most iconic projects of tall timber buildings and skyscrapers worldwide.

 

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/glimpse-future-mass-timber-projects]

Forest Enterprise England stats show substantial increase in timber incomes

Forest Enterprise England - the independent executive agency sponsored by the Forestry Commission to manage the nation’s forest estate - has released its production statistics from the 2016/2017 harvesting programme.

The data - summarised in the infographics here and contained in the Organisation's annual report - show standing sales vs direct production and the markets for the direct production.

Simon Hodgson, Forest Enterprise Chief Executive commented: “This has been our best year ever for timber income raising £38.9 million and meeting our published commitment by despatching 1.428 million cubic metres overbark standing. This is a credit to our marketing and sales team and the Forest Districts."

“We have had two significant boosts this year: modernising our e-sales system; and a very successful hardwood timber auction that saw record prices paid for our high quality sawlogs. The increased income was also undoubtedly supported by the lower value of sterling.

“Although the first updated e-sales went well, our July e-sales did suffer from a technical glitch and I apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this may have caused."

“Offering a high standard, professional service to our timber customers and achieving the best price for our product remain key to improving our bottom line.”

Forest Enterprise England has also launched an online survey - available here - to gather feedback from its timber customers on the service provided. 

The online consultation is anonymous and will remain open until Thursday 31st August. Participants who wish to leave their email address could win a £50 Amazon voucher.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/forestry-enterprise-england-stats-show-substantial-increase-timber-incomes]

UK Packaging recycling targets: 94% of required wood recycled so far

According to the latest figures published on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD), the UK is on course to reach 2017 recycling targets for packaging materials.

Significantly, 94 per cent of the required wood (213,578 tonnes) has already been recycled so far this year.

Other products derived from wood and fiber such as paper and cardboard scored well too. Q1 and Q2 summed results show that some 1.8 million tonnes of paper have been recycled, fulfilling around 73 per cent of the required 2.5 million tonnes.

Regarding other packaging materials, glass (52 per cent) and plastic (54 per cent) have made the least progress towards the targets.

As reported by Letsrecycle.com, "in particular, the performance of paper and plastic have been under the spotlight, due to reported difficulties in exporting some mixed grades due to a crackdown on material quality in China."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/uk-packaging-recycling-targets-94-required-wood-recycled-so-far]

BWF launches new weather testing guidance for windows

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has launched a new guide for window and door manufacturers explaining weather testing requirements and providing advice to help joineries to get their products tested.

The publication covers the relevant standards for weather tightness, how to determine what performance level is required as well as what needs to be considered before testing takes place. Weather performance testing is a means of assessing a product's ability to achieve specific requirements as set out in British Standards and/or European Standards. Windows and doors can be tested for Air Permeability, Watertightness and Resistance to Wind Load.

BWF produces a wide range of publications to support members and the joinery industry. On the BWF website, members can find a wealth of information, including the popular Machine Safety Cards, Heritage & Conservation Joinery Factsheets, and a range of employment guides all supported by the BWF member helplines.

The documents can be downloaded from www.bwf.org.uk/publications.

For more information, contact [email protected]

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/bwf-launches-new-weather-testing-guidance-windows]

Wood for Good Marketing Summit | 14 September 2017 | London

On Thursday 14th September 2017, the Friends House in London will host a Wood for Good summit open to all marketing and communications professionals from the Timber Industry.

The meeting aims to take stock of the communication strategies implemented by Timber Industry's organisations and companies, especially in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the following media enquiries on fire security.

In details, the discussion will focus on:

  • The implications of the Grenfell Tower fire for marketing and communications:
    • What impact has the fire had on timber perceptions in the construction industry?
    • What is the image the media have created since the fire?
    • Has this had a noticeable effect on sales figures over the past few months?
    • What conclusions can we draw as marketing and communications professionals.
  • Review with peers: Are trade shows worth the effort?
    • What are the key criteria to choose the right show and how to make it work?
    • How to establish, if a trade show is the right vehicle for your business?
  • Strategies for promotion of wood as the most sustainable construction material to the wide public

Speakers include: Geoff Wilkinson, Liz Male, Stuart Devoil, Trevor Crawford.

The event is free to attend for Wood for Good supporters. 

For more information and to reserve a ticket, visit http://bit.ly/2eTsBs7 or contact [email protected]

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/wood-good-marketing-summit-14-september-2017-london]

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