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New glasshouse opens in Cheshire to boost timber production and help grow Public Forest Estate

On Friday 31st August, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey MP opened a new glasshouse in Cheshire.

The glasshouse is intended to bring a boost to timber production and help to grow the Public Forest Estate. The state-of-the-art growing facility covers a hectare and has tight environmental controls, creating better growing conditions for the four million seedlings it will house.

The glasshouse will play a vital role in the maintenance and expansion of the Public Forest Estate throughout the UK, with the seedlings helping timber production and improving biosecurity. it will be fully stocked with a mix of species and ages by 2020.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said at the opening: "It is wonderful to be here to officially open this impressive new structure which will help ensure our forests are stocked with trees in a more sustainable and productive fashion."

"The forests and woodlands that these trees will go on to be a part of are vital for providing timber, protecting wildlife, and helping us improve our environment for the next generation."

Simon Hodgson, Forestry Commission England, Chief Executive said: "The largest glasshouse dedicated to forest trees in the UK means that Forestry Commission England will be able to plant around five million of the very best trees every year in the nation’s forests for timber, recreation and wildlife as well as supplying trees to Scotland and Wales. We are increasing the diversity of tree species we plant so the nation’s forests are resilient; protecting them from pests, diseases and the effects of a changing climate."

[Source: www.gov.uk]

 

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Innovative rooftop made of modular timber homes proposed for Berlin's complex

Architect Sigurd Larsen and his team took part in the City Above the City architecture design competition organised by Metsä Wood in 2016. Their project "Dachkiez, Village on the Roof," was one of the winners in the competition. This year, the project and the architect were invited to the Venice Biennale.

The Venice Biennale of Architecture is globally one of the biggest exhibitions for architecture. The event takes place every other year, and this year it lasts from 26 May until 25 November. The main architecture exhibition takes place at 30 pavilions in the Venice Giardini, many of them designed by the biggest names in architecture, like Carlo Scarpa and Alvar Aalto.

 

City Above the City competition

Metsä Wood's competition inspired architects worldwide to design wooden extensions to go on top of existing buildings in city centres. Some 170 entries from 40 countries proposed wooden solutions to the challenges of urbanisation. The idea was to show how wooden materials, like Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) can make construction fast, light and green.

Sigurd Larsen together with Simon Jendreizig, Vanessa Panagiotopoulou, Marlene Kjeldsen, Guillermo Fernandez Villar and Pedro Campos Altozano designed a project called "Dachkiez, Village on the Roof" for the competition. A massive, 270-metre-long concrete block in Berlin was selected as the building plot for the design. The building is located at Heinrich-Heine-Straße between the attractive Kreuzberg and Mitte neighbourhoods.

In Dachkiez, the extension on top of the building is designed to use a flexible, wooden, modular system. The basic module is an apartment suitable for singles or couples. The basic unit can be extended with one or two plug-in modules, which can include additional bedrooms and an extension to the bathroom. The design also includes common areas like a green park on the rooftop. Each unit has big windows with a view of the Berlin skyline.

"This entry was both believable and utterly relevant to its social and urban context. It's entirely possible to construct and adds a further layer of landscape to the city," commented competition jury member Mike Kane, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at London South Bank University.

 

Sigurd Larsen design & architecture studio

Sigurd Larsen is a Danish architect based in Berlin and working in the fields of architecture and furniture design. He uses wood as the main material in the majority of his work. "The haptic of the material, the endless possibilities and the many positive attributes regarding sustainability make it a convincing choice," says Larsen.

Larsen founded his own design studio in 2009. This is his first invitation to the Biennale. "I was very excited about the invitation. We had a lot of great feedback from visitors. Several journalists described the Dachkiez project under the topic of wood construction, densification of inner cities and housing shortage."

Read a full description of the "Dachkiez, Village on the Roof" project here.

 

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CTI Newsletter Spring/ Summer 2018

CTI Newsletter Spring/ Summer 2018

This Newsletter contains highlights from the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) and the entire Timber Supply Chain. 

You will find news on Combustible materials consultation; 'Timber Talks podcasts; Timber Expo activities; Upcoming Timber events... and much more!

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CTI warns against indiscriminate ban of combustible cladding on high rises

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has recently responded to the Government's proposal on banning the use of combustible materials in cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings.

The CTI's official response - downloadable here - focuses on the "ambiguity over the scope of the ban being proposed in the consultation." 

"While we applaud the findings of the Hackitt review, and can fully understand the Government’s desire to be seen to be taking tough action, an outright ban on certain materials is likely to have unintended consequences," explains CTI Director David Hopkins.

"One particular area of concern is in the consultation proposal to ban the use of combustible materials throughout the entire height of walls in buildings over 18 metres. There is a large market for timber cladding and fascias on the first three stories of such buildings. This is within easy reach of regular fire inspection and maintenance regimes. Yet this market would be lost if the proposed ban goes ahead as described in the consultation."

Major trade organisations such as WPA, TRADA, STA, BWF and TTF are currently working together on fire guidance and safety across all points of the Timber Supply Chain.

"Timber has a large role to play in fire-safe, sustainable construction. We need to be pro-active to maintain this," concludes Mr Hopkins.

 

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Treated construction timber no threat to indoor air quality, says BRE review

Preservative treated timber is present in a range of construction products in our homes, including parts of the structural timber frame, window frames, tiling battens and in the roof structure. 

In mid-2017, the Wood Protection Association (WPA) commissioned the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to help understand how treated timber performs in the context of air quality within buildings.

The review considered industrially pre-treated wood products that have been impregnated with a wood preservative formulation in the context of a 2017 new build UK domestic construction.

BRE's research concluded that "the available scientific evidence suggests that emissions from preservative treated wood articles to air are small and further to that the complexity of the pathway from air within the building envelope/cavity to the indoor air compartment means that the concentration reaching indoor air is negligible. Thus, the evidence indicates preservative treated wood poses no threat to indoor air quality."

Since the BRE recommends considering further research and testing to add to the existing knowledge, the WPA has already made it known that more specific studies on the subject will be carried out.

A summary of the BRE report can be found here

 

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