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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.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-warns-against-combustible-cladding-ban-high-rises]

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

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/treated-construction-timber-no-threat-indoor-air-quality-says-bre-review]

BMBI Q2/2018: Sales of Timber and Joinery products up 9.5% against 2017

Sales through UK builders merchants bounced back in Q2 2018, with the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) reporting 7.2% growth in sales value over Q2 2017. There was one more trading day during Q2 this year, adjusting for this the average daily sales growth year on year was 5.5%. The strong performance in Q2 contrasts markedly to a weather-hindered performance in the first quarter of the year.

The Timber and Joinery category had a major impact on total sales value growth in Q2, up 9.5% year on year. Within this the Sheet Materials sub category was a big contributor.

Heavy Building Materials, the largest product category, also showed strong growth in Q2 2018, up 6.3% on the same period last year.

Looking at the year to date, which takes into account two very different quarters of construction activity, total builders merchants sales in the first six months of 2018 increased by 4.0% over the same six months in 2017.

The BMBI uses GfK’s point of sale tracking data drawn from over 80% of builders merchants’ sales throughout the country, making it the most reliable source of data for the sector.  The full Q2 report can be downloaded at www.bmbi.co.uk

Commenting on the figures, John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “For the second quarter running the impact of the weather on construction output – and builders merchants sales – is clear to see. The warm, dry weather through much of Q2 has enabled construction work to catch up on sites that had stalled earlier in the year.  The merchant industry will be buoyed by Q2 sales and, with above average temperatures forecast into the autumn, we remain confident of continued growth this year.” 

Richard Frankcom, Client Insight Director at GfK said: “Following the dramatic weather in Q1 delaying the usual end of quarter external work kick off, we had been expecting a strong Q2 performance, and these results did not disappoint. Midway through April the weather improved and May and June delivered strong growth in almost every category. That said, price inflation and one extra trading day in Q2 2018 over the same period in 2017 also had an effect on growth, but we should be content that the builders merchant sector remains in good health.”

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/bmbi-q22018-timber-and-joinery-products-sales-95-against-2017]

Third episode of 'Timber Talks' released: Iain McIlwee talks through 'Skills Shortages and Education'

Tune in to the third episode of the ‘Timber Talks’ podcast series with Iain McIlwee, CTI Director and CEO of British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

This week, Iain joins CTI fellow director and podcasts presenter Andrew Carpenter to discuss a hot topic for the entire Timber Industry, ‘Skills shortages and Education.’

On top of that, Iain underlines the necessity for the Timber Sector to embrace the ‘Digitalisation’ era and rethink product design and manufacturing in order to attract young people and move towards a truly sustainable production model.

“Massive opportunities are available throughout the entire Timber supply chain,” says Iain. “Timber is an incredible product and we want to attract the best people – in forests management, manufacturing, design, engineering, research but also Marketing and sales – to promote its potential to the wide public.”

'Timber Talks' series gives users the opportunity 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. It's also possible to suggest new topics and raise questions for the speakers by sending an email to [email protected].

Check the CTI media library for the complete list of episodes.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/third-episode-timber-talks-released-iain-mcilwee-talks-through-skills-shortages-and]

China launches FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard

China is the second country in the Asia Pacific region to publish a national forest stewardship standard based on the latest version of the FSC Principles & Criteria.

China imports more wood than any other country in the world. The forests that are FSC-certified in the country are mainly for production and contain monoculture plantations such as poplar and eucalyptus trees with short rotation periods of five to seven years. There are also FSC-certified Chinese fir and pine trees with more extended rotation up to 25 years. In China on average smallholders manage about 2 hectares of forests, with some manage less than 0.1 hectares and some up to 160 hectares.

The new national standard set clear targets for forest managers towards sustainable intensification and proactive management of environmental values. Experts in natural conservation, worker's rights, forest carbon management, poverty alleviation, international trade, and law and legislation helped to write the standard.

Over 80 countries are working to transfer their national standards from version 4 of the Principles and Criteria to version 5. 70 countries are developing national-level standards around the world and usually include representation of social, environmental, and economic stakeholders. FSC-accredited certification bodies are developing interim national standards in countries where we don’t have an FSC representative.

The FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of the People’s Republic of China can be downloaded here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/china-launches-fsc-national-forest-stewardship-standard]

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