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Edinburgh Napier University introduces ​new MSc on timber architecture

Highly insulated modular timber building being delivered to site. Photo by Carbon Dynamic.Edinburgh Napier University has introduced an MSc on Timber Architectural Design and Technology - the first programme of its kind in the UK.

The programme is designed for graduates in architecture, architectural technology and other construction professions who want to become part of the growing international move towards innovative and high-performance timber building.

The MSc will equip students to work as a design professional within the timber sector [1] – one of the fastest growing parts of the building industry in many countries.

The programme has been developed by Edinburgh Napier’s Institute for Sustainable Construction [2] in consultation with professional bodies and the timber industry.

Institute director Professor Sean Smith said: “Our market research shows that employers in the UK timber building sector are facing severe skills shortages and similar gaps exist in many countries overseas.

“These employers are looking for graduates with a combination of technical know-how and commercial awareness in the design, manufacture and assembly of timber buildings and structural systems. We have designed the programme to address this demand.

“Globally we need to build two billion homes over the next 80 years. With global material resources being limited, the sustainability of timber as a renewable construction material is increasingly being recognised by industry and governments.”

Graduates of the programme will be equipped for employment in timber product suppliers, design-build firms, fabricators, builders and developers; along with professional and technical roles in the associated architectural and engineering consultancies.

The programme includes taught modules on: - Wood as a building material; offsite construction and design for manufacture, - Wood products and processing; building acoustics and sound insulation; - Energy performance; - Timber architectural form and technology, and - Timber building design. Students will also undertake a large architectural design project or a technical dissertation.

UK and EU students on the programme will be eligible to apply for scholarships and industry internships. These are organised through the beX initiative. [3] 

The programme can be studied either full-time or part-time. The complete programme will take one year full-time or two years three months part-time. The first student intakes will be in September 2018 and January 2019.

For further information email [email protected] or visit www.napier.ac.uk/courses and search for ‘timber architecture’.

[In the top left photo: a highly insulated modular timber building being delivered to site. Photo by Carbon Dynamic]

 

Notes

  1. The timber building sector now accounts for 20% of UK construction and is utilised in over 70% of new housing in Scotland. The ongoing growth of this sector, both in the UK and overseas, is being driven by a combination of factors including: sustainability, emerging digital design and fabrication technologies, and an increasing demand for offsite fabrication.
  1. Edinburgh Napier’s Institute for Sustainable Construction encompasses leading built environment applied research centres spanning: offsite manufacture, timber engineering, wood science and technology, building acoustics, energy and smart cities. During the past three years, the Institute has provided design, testing and expert services to over 300 companies, government and industry organisations in the UK and overseas. In 2015 Edinburgh Napier University was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the Institute’s internationally acclaimed work in timber engineering, wood science and sustainable building.
  1. The beX programme is an international initiative for students with a passion for sustainable construction. It provides industry innovation internships, MSc scholarships and employability projects with the goal of accelerating change in construction culture. For further information visit: www.napier.ac.uk/courses/browse-interests/engineering/bex

 

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CTI Podcasts - 'Timber Talks'

 

Hear the movers and shakers within the Timber Industry discussing the latest news, trends and policies

EPISODES

Episode 1 | 20th May 2018

Roy Wakeman OBE
CTI Chairman

The Value of UK Timber Industry

 Listen to the podcast on Audioboom or iTunes

 

Episode 2 | 11th June 2018

David Hopkins
CTI Director and Managing Director of Timber Trade Federation (TTF)

Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing of Timber products

 Listen to the podcast on Audioboom or iTunes

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-podcasts-timber-talks]

NEPCon launches online survey on Due Diligence best practices and EUTR

NEPCon is encouraging EU-based companies working in the timber sector to share their experience with Due Diligence and the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

The five-minute survey is part of the 'Supporting Legal Timber Trade' project, aimed to show timber-related businesses how to align with the EU Timber Regulation and discover possibilities of gaining a competitive edge.

The survey targets a wide range of timber-related companies from pulp and paper manufacturer, sawmill, wood processor to timber trader.

The online consultation is available in 10 languages, namely English, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, German, Romanian, Hungarian, Spanish and Portuguese.

This survey will provide further understanding on how confident the companies are with the EUTR and the Due Diligence and difficulties they are experiencing, as well as their trusted resources to help them comply with the regulations.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/nepcon-launches-online-survey-due-diligence-best-practices-and-eutr]

CTI launches 'Timber Talks' podcasts

Hear the movers and shakers within the Timber Industry discussing the latest news, trends and policies

 

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has launched ‘Timber Talks’, a series of free podcasts debating the hottest topics affecting the UK Timber Industry.

In the first episode, CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman OBE guides the audience though the benefits of Timber, explaining how the Timber Industry contributes to the British economy and why it can help fix the endemic UK housing crisis.

The next podcasts will feature – among the others - David Hopkins (CTI Director and Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation), Iain McIlwee (CTI Director and CEO of the British Woodworking Federation) and Alex Goodfellow (CTI Director and Managing Director of Stewart Milne Group).

Thanks to these short recordings, it will be possible to hear the movers and shakers within the Timber Industry discussing the latest news, trends and policies, as well as answering the hot questions of the moment. Users can also suggest new topics and raise questions for the speakers by sending an email to [email protected].

Roy Wakeman commented: “These podcasts are incredibly useful not only for Timber Industry stakeholders and operators but also for ordinary people keen on learning more about our Sector and its countless branches and opportunities.”

“I believe podcasting is special – it contributes to create a sense of community, is a space for discussion and gives our Industry a powerful voice. Even more importantly, you can listen to podcasts anywhere and at any time - while you do other things at work or at home, or during your commute.”

“I really hope this initiative will help the UK Timber Industry reach a wide audience and stimulate a constructive debate. Stay tuned!”

Users can freely download and listen to the podcasts on AudioBoom and iTunes.

Check the complete list of episodes here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-launches-timber-talks-podcasts]

Timber can help the UK fix its housing crisis but more investments are needed

Last month Iain McIlwee, CTI Director and CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), was asked to attend a small round table event focussed on the build-out rate for housing hosted by Sir Oliver Letwin MP. 

At Budget, government announced its intention to set up an independent review to look into the gap between completions and the number of homes allocated or permissioned. This panel is being chaired by Sir Oliver Letwin. 

The Review aims to:

  • explain the significant gap between housing completions and the amount of land allocated or permissioned in areas of high housing demand and make recommendations for closing it. 
  • identify the principal causes of the gap
  • identify practical steps that could increase the speed of build out. These steps should support an increase in housing supply consistent with a stable housing market in the short term and so that over the long-term, house prices rise slower than earnings. 
  • provide an interim report to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in time for Spring Statement 2018 and a full report for Budget 2018

As part of his review, Sir Oliver invited key representatives of the building products sector, the relationship between building product manufacturers and housebuilders, and capacity in the sector.

The meeting touched several issues affecting the Timber Supply Chains. Key points included:

  • The timber frame industry could scale up capacity of existing factories. More investment is going into UK forestry.
  • Brexit could be an issue for timber imports, although more investment is going into UK forestry.
  • Brexit could affect imported materials. If no mutually beneficial UK-EU customs’ agreement is struck, British businesses face paying 20% extra upfront as VAT on imports like timber & bricks. This has immediate implications for operating costs and cashflow for importers, merchants & manufacturers.

Commenting after the meeting, Iain McIlwee stated: "I thought it was an encouraging meeting, firstly it reinforced Government remain committed to building housing supply to 300,000 units per year. " 

"There was real consistency in the views of the supply chain too, in that any capacity issues are speed bumps rather than barriers. Product supply will never be a barrier to growth as long as the process is tidied to ensure consent and commitment are linked, procurement practices are improved and manufacturers are given confidence to invest." 

"We also need to guarantee that more is done by private and public sectors to ensure that investing in quality won’t be undermined by value engineering without regard for the whole life cost of the project."

    A brief summary of the meeting is available on the BWF website.

     

    [News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/timber-can-help-uk-fix-its-housing-crisis-more-investments-are-needed]

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