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CTI Blog - Debate on combustible cladding ban is still open, despite inflated political statements

This blog post is by CTI Director and TTF Managing Director David Hopkins

 

As I am sure you are aware, this week at the Conservative Party Conference, Housing Secretary James Brokenshire made the following statement:

“Combustible cladding is to be banned for all new schools, hospitals, care homes, student accommodation and residential buildings in England above 18m.  

The ban, which follows a lengthy government consultation, will cover all combustible materials, including cladding, on new buildings. However, it will not be applied retrospectively where materials have already been fitted. The new ban will be implemented through changes to building regulations to be brought forward in late autumn.” [Read more]

The TTF laid out its response to the Govt consultation on combustible materials via the CTI [See response HERE] While we can understand the need to introduce a ban over 18 metres, we still believe this will solve nothing without enforcement. The materials used in Grenfell did not pass the current regulations, yet were still used. Introducing tougher regulations, such as a ban, will only work if these regulations are enforced.

Our bigger worry is that the rhetoric from this approach effectively bans the use of timber at lower levels and on buildings below 18 metres. This will come via changes in the Building Regulations. However, the new ban is still subject to further consultation, so there is no immediate change, nor would they be applied retrospectively.

TTF is working with all industry partners across the supply chain – WPA, BWF, STA and TRADA – on a range of projects to help inform this debate, including a public affairs campaign. This is putting us in active, ongoing dialogue with all key Ministerial departments as well as key local authority stakeholders such as GLA and Local Government Association, to ensure our voice is heard in this debate.

We will continue to lobby for the acceptance of timber as a vital structural and cladding material as per our consultation response. There is still a lot of work to do as the argument is far from being resolved. Ministers often make over inflated statements at party conference, but this does not mean the policy is enacted quite as described.

We will keep you updated on progress and lay out more detailed information as to what we are doing as a joined up industry supply chain to help ensure we keep growing the market for timber.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-blog-debate-combustible-cladding-ban-still-open-despite-inflated-political-statements]

Responsible Forest Management takes centre stage on FSC Friday 2018

On Friday 28 September 2018, FSC-certified businesses, FSC members, schools and organizations all around the world will host a series of events to support, celebrate and raise awareness of responsible forest management and the role that FSC plays in it.

People are invited to look for the FSC logo and consider the sourcing of the products they buy in a creative and entertaining way.

"Every year the threat to our forests increases, in the form of environmental change and illegal logging," explains FSC. "For over 20 years, FSC has worked to take care of forests and the people, plants, and animal species that depend on them."

"FSC Friday is about sharing that message, so that more people recognize the role we play and can help us turn the tide against global deforestation."

Last year, businesses, schools and environmental groups in over 30 countries took part.

A pack of UK-adapted, FSC Friday digital resources is available to eligible organisations upon request from [email protected]

FSC certificate and licence holders can also download editable FSC Friday resources from the FSC Marketing Toolkit.

For more information and inspiration visit the FSC Friday pages.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/responsible-forest-management-takes-centre-stage-fsc-friday-2018]

Forestry Commission England celebrates 100 years of forestry at 2018 APF show

Forestry Commission England and Forest Research have joined forces to celebrate 100 years of forestry at the 2018 APF show.

APF is the UK’s largest woodland and forestry related show and takes place between 20-22 September 2018 at the Ragley Estate in Warwickshire.

The Forestry Commission England marquee will celebrate 100 years of the Forestry Act and the Forestry Commission. Experts will be on hand to provide advice and support to the forestry sector and landowners who are looking to create and manage woodland; explore the benefits to people, wildlife and timber of the public forest estate; provide information on tree pests and diseases and how to reduce the threat of them; showcase Forest Research’s innovative science and research.

The Forestry Commission, RFS and representatives from the new Forestry Apprenticeship Trailblazer group will also be in the Forest Workers’ Zone of APF to talk career development and how to break into the industry.

An in-depth Forestry Commission seminar programme will run over the three day event, covering topics including future incentives, timber markets, woodland creation and plant health challenges. More details below:

 

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/forestry-commission-england-celebrates-100-years-forestry-2018-apf-show]

CTI exhibiting at Timber Expo 2018: All you need to know

This year the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) will be coordinating activities and events taking place at Timber Expo's CTI Hub aka 'Timber For Timber'.

The CTI Hub will provide CPD, networking events, guidance on latest regulations and the launch of new products and services from the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) and its association members.

Coming together under the one feature, the Structural Timber Association (STA), British Woodworking Federation (BWF), Timber Trade Federation (TTF), Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) along with Wood for Good will deliver latest guidance and benefits to working with timber.

Check the UKCW Floorplan here and see where the CTI Stand is located here.

Book your free ticket for Timber Expo here.

Programme

TUESDAY 9th OCTOBER 2018

 

12.00

Craig White 

Founding Director of White Design, Modcell Straw Technology, Coobio Circular Materials and Stramit International

Supply Chain Innovation for Prefabrication in the Custom Build and Community-led Housing Market

 

 

12.30

Darren Lester 

Founder and CEO, SpecifiedBy, the UK's leading building product search and development platform

Top Considerations to keep in mind when targeting architects and specifiers​

 

 

14.00

David Hopkins

Managing Director of Timber Trade Federation (TTF)

Announcement of TTF Timber Academy | Includes: new TTF Diploma in Sales & Marketing; TTF Level 3 Award in Wood Products; and range of online learning resources​ | Presentation of Level 4 Certificates to 2018 Students

 

15.00

Champagne Reception

 

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY 10th OCTOBER 2018

 

11.00

Martin MIlner

Director of Milner Associates

Timber Construction & Fire Safety

 

 

12.30

Anna-Greta Tsahkna

Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Timbeter, a forest tech company headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia

Making the forest industry more profitable, sustainable and efficient through the use of digital timber measurement and data management

 

13.00

Adrian Campbell

Independent structural engineer and founder of the collaborative engineering practice, changebuildings

Can we grow the Circular Economy?

 

 

15.00

chaired by Andrew Carpenter

Chief Executive of Structural Timber Association (STA)

Commercial Seminar​

 

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THURSDAY 11th OCTOBER

 

10.30

Neil Summers

Consultant to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) on technology development research through his own company, Timber Dimension

Innovation with Hardwoods​

 

11.00

Dave Cleverley

Managing Director of Intelligent Wood Systems Ltd, an R&D company focused on the mainstreaming of innovative timber building systems

Research & development as a USP: product innovation using standard components

 

11.30

Nick Boulton

CEO of Trussed Rafter Association (TRA)

10 ways to improve your use of trussed rafters and metal web joists

 

 

13.00

CTI Networking Lunch

'Timber industry’s role in achieving the construction sector deal.

RSVP at [email protected]

 

 

For more information, contact us at [email protected]

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-exhibiting-timber-expo-2018-all-you-need-know]

Wood for Good Marketing Summit Autumn 2018 | 20 September 2018 | London

The Timber Industry is invited to take on the health and wellbeing agenda this autumn at the Wood for Good Marketing Summit.

Aimed at timber marketing and communications professionals, the event ‘Marketing Timber for the Health and Wellbeing Agenda’ will take place on Thursday 20 September at Headspace in Farringdon, London.

Health and wellbeing, indoor air quality and the use of healthy building materials are becoming increasingly important in construction and the marketing summit will assess the market potential, demand and drivers for healthy building products. The event will cover innovative approaches and best practice in marketing for the health and wellbeing agenda.

An interview style panel debate with speakers including Harry Knibb, principal consultant and healthy buildings expert at WSP, and Olga Turner, director and co-founder of Ekkist. This will be followed by an open audience discussion allowing for speakers and delegates to establish requirements for healthy building products and how to meet them.

Christiane Lellig, Wood for Good campaign manager, said: “We’ve had discussions with organisations such as the Construction Products Association, Savills and Legal and General and they’ve all shared that there is currently no particular focus or research on health and wellbeing trends in residential buildings.

“To date the focus has been on office buildings with the intention to increase employee retention and performance, but we want to know what the key challenges are for timber marketing and communications professionals catering for the wider health and wellbeing agenda.

“For example, how does everyone describe a healthy building material? This is an opportunity for us to come together and unite in our messaging and gain a better understanding of healthy building standards and material databases, so we can communicate this effectively and accurately.”

The marketing summit, taking place the day before the TTJ Awards, is an essential opportunity for anyone responsible for communicating about timber products and allows for networking with like-minded professionals.

The final session on the day will be exclusively for Wood for Good supporters to discuss the main focus for 2019, receive a brief update on 2018 performance, and learn about the new funding strategy.

Tickets are free to Wood for Good supporters and a 25% discount is available for British Woodworking Federation and Timber Trade Federation members.

Numbers are limited so register for tickets asap here.

View the event on the CTI Industry Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/wood-good-marketing-summit-autumn-2018-london-20-september-2018]

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