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'County Down Barn' project takes centre stage at Surface Design Show 2018

On Wednesday 7 February 2018, visitors of the Surface Design Show held at the Business Design Centre in London will have the opportunity to hear about The County Down Barn – a stunning home designed by architect Micah Jones (pictured on the left) and featuring PEFC-certified cross laminated timber (CLT).

The project was featured in the latest season of Grand Designs and Micah Jones and Gareth Mason of CLT supplier Stora Enso will provide an overview on this contemporary take on a traditional barn conversion formed of a one-storey CLT structure installed above a restored stone agricultural building.

Built on a limited budget and timescale and located on a tight site with stunning views across the Mourne Hills of County Down, the building features a complementary material palette of CLT, stone and concrete to produce an elegant, yet comfortable and robust family home.

There were several reasons for the specification of CLT including the material’s enhanced thermal and airtightness performance – a major benefit as all the insulation on the house is external. Other key considerations were CLT’s structural ability to achieve the clean, long spans the architect was looking for and the material’s high quality finish which was important because internally the CLT has been left exposed throughout.

The County Down Barn is Micah’s first project using CLT and he has pioneered this method of construction in Northern Ireland. “CLT is a new product in Northern Ireland,” says Micah. “I had tried previously to move forward with it and not got very far so I’d had to look at other options, but I kept going back to CLT. The most important thing to do if you want to build your home with CLT is to work with a quality manufacturer and an experienced and reputable CLT installer.”

Micah made contact with CLT manufacturer Stora Enso UK who introduced him to G-frame Structures, one of their UK delivery partners. “It was fantastic working with Stora Enso and G-frame. I now have a deeper understanding of what can be achieved with CLT in terms of structure and design.”

Gareth Mason, UK Business Development Manager for Stora Enso said: “The County Down Barn is a great example of what can be achieved with CLT from a structural and aesthetic viewpoint. The finished home is stunning and the innovative over truss solution and full length roof panels have optimised room space, taking full advantage of CLT’s engineering capabilities. Stora Enso is very proud to be involved with and supply sustainable projects such as this. The timber used comes from responsibly managed PEFC-certified forests, and more buildings like this will help combat climate change, as well as creating beautiful projects.”

PEFC UK’s Executive Director Alun Watkins added: “It will be fascinating to hear about the approach to the use of timber in creating this wonderful home. Not only does it look great but it a sustainable, low-carbon building that has used PEFC-certified timber as a key element. Responsible sourcing of timber products within the construction supply chain is vitally important, so this high profile statement proves what can be done.”

To register to the Surface Design Show, visit https://sds18-visitor.reg.buzz

For more information about the event, click here: http://bit.ly/1vZDpAb

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/county-down-barn-project-takes-centre-stage-surface-design-show-2018]

Exploring Lagos Wooden Tower, the groundbreaking project by Hermann Kamte

Hermann Kamte, young Cameroonian architect and founder of Hermann Kamte & Associates (HKA), is the driving force behind the project of the innovative 87-metre high Lagos Wooden Tower.

Originally designed as a submission for Metsä Wood's City Above the City competition, Kamte's design looks to tackle the problem of poorly planned construction in many African cities by pushing the boundaries of contemporary architecture.

In the City Above the City competition, participants were invited to suggest solutions for new housing on top of existing urban buildings, using Metsä Wood's Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) as the main material.

Kamte's highly innovative design used Kerto® LVL to construct a tower on top of an existing concrete building in the heart of Nigeria's capital city, Lagos. Mixed residential spaces, separated by open floors featuring sky gardens and amenities, are shaded and ventilated by a stylised wooden envelope using symbols that reflect Nigerian Yoruba heritage. Remarkably, this experimental building is also developed through natural, recyclable and local material.

Among other awards and nominations, the design project has been shortlisted for the 2017 World Architecture Festival Awards. It was also a winner of the 2017 WAFX Prize in the cultural identity category. 

Thanks to pioneering young designers such as Hermann Kamte, more and more of Africa's new architecture is winning widespread acclaim for its innovation and sustainability.

"The Lagos design project has really caught people's attention and highlighted the potential of wood construction in Africa," reports a note from Metsä Wood. "Seeing wood as a valuable and sustainable resource could benefit African society at large, but right now, for African designers and builders, concrete and bricks are far easier to obtain and a lot cheaper than wooden construction products."

"However, there is still potential for this to change. As we raise the profile of timber-based architecture, the demand will grow and wooden building solutions will become cheaper and more accessible."

For more information about the project, click here.

Read our focus on Mass Timber projects here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/exploring-lagos-wooden-tower-groundbreaking-project-hermann-kamte]

Construction underway for Australia's tallest CLT building

Intensive works are underway to complete 'AVEO Norwest', the tallest timber building in Australia and one of the largest CLT structures worldwide.

Standing at 34.2 metres, the 10-storey, $65 million tower [click on the image to enlarge] will be part of a luxury retirement village being built by Aveo at Sydney’s Norwest Business Park ‘Circa’ precinct.

The construction company Strongbuild opted to use cross-laminated timber (CLT) technology over traditional methods as "it will save at least three months in construction time in addition to associated costs."

Known as Bella Vista, the 60,000sqm Norwest site will eventually be home to 449 independent living units over 10 buildings ranging from four to nine storeys, plus a 144-bed aged care facility.

"The short build-time requirement for this new residential retirement complex made it an ideal development for showcasing the innovative Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) material recently introduced to Australia," explains the project's Engineering Consultant Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW). "This lightweight construction technique is similar to a ‘prefab’ building, with all wall and floor panels being manufactured in Europe, shipped to Australia for processing, then craned into place on site."

"Using CLT for the design enabled the project to be completed 13 weeks earlier than with the more conventional concrete. Part of Stage 1 of the development, the new residential building consists of 10 storeys and is due to become one of the country’s largest uses of CLT technology. Approximately 3000m3 of CLT, or 4156 panels, have now been installed to produce a complex 9 storey timber retirement resort."

"Implementing this revolutionary new material in the design relied on TTW’s engineering team working in close collaboration with architect, builder, and sub consultants – ensuring the structural integrity, buildability, and desired aesthetics were achieved."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/construction-underway-australias-tallest-clt-building]

Free exhibition: 'Timber rising - Vertical visions for the cities of tomorrow' | 9 February - 19 May 2018 | London

From 9 February to 19 May 2018, the Roca London Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects will host the exhibition 'Timber rising - Vertical visions for the cities of tomorrow'.

This free event focuses on the most significant timber and glulam projects carried out to date worldwide also interviewing engineers, architects and designers.

The exhibition showcases examples of completed projects which sit alongside more ambitious concept and research proposals, higlighting what is possible today and what may be possible in the future – with changing building codes and new thinking by developers, governments and the construction industry – for the cities of tomorrow.

"A timber revolution is in the air," explain the organisers Studio Woode and Clare Farrow. "In the last decade, a new phenomenon has occurred in architectural practice: the beginning of vertical building in wood. A number of architects working closely with world-class scientists and engineers, are experimenting with new engineered timber products including CLT (cross-laminated timber), predicting a future in which wood will potentially supersede concrete and steel in an effort to confront some of the most pressing issues of our time: high density cities, climate change, the housing crisis, and mental health." 

"High-rise (and mid-rise) mass timber structures combine lightness, speed and strength, with sustainability, humanity and wellbeing. Research is showing that the use of these engineered products, which still preserve the beauty, scent and warmth of wood, can benefit our own health as well as the environment, though the timber must be sourced from responsibly managed forests. Significantly lighter than concrete and steel, and using far less energy in the construction process, mass timber absorbs and sequesters CO2 in a remarkable way." 

"For the first time, this exhibition puts these timber developments (which are still evolving) into historical context and examines this new phenomenon in architecture, addressing issues of safety and urban health as well as the intimate human connection to wood including concepts such as Biophilia." 

A private view of the exhibition will be held on Thursday 8 February from 18.30 to 20.30. To attend the event, register at http://bit.ly/2E6wAIO

View the event on the CTI Industry Calendar here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/free-exhibition-timber-rising-vertical-visions-cities-tomorrow-9-february-19-may-2018-london]

IMM Trade Consultations - Industry input invited to shape FLEGT VPA process | 8 March 2018 | London

On 8 March, The Building Centre in London will be hosting the first in a series of Trade Consultations on the EU FLEGT VPA initiative and FLEGT licensing.

The event is being organised by the EU FLEGT Independent Market Monitoring (IMM) project in cooperation with the Global Timber Forum (GTF).

The Trade Consultations will be a chance for timber businesses and other industry stakeholders, such as specifiers, manufacturers and retailers, to hear latest findings from the IMM’s market survey work and monitoring of EU trade flows from FLEGT VPA-engaged supplier countries.

They are also opportunities for delegates to discuss key issues and share their views on the FLEGT initiative with the European Commission and Government of Indonesia, the first country to start FLEGT licensing its timber exports to the EU, granting them exemption from the anti-illegality EU Timber Regulation.

The UK event starts with a tour of 'Timber Transformer', an exhibition at the Building Centre explaining the process behind the EU FLEGT Action Plan in Indonesia and showcasing its FLEGT-licensed products. Organised by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) with the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, this runs from 5 February to 31 March.

Following this will be presentations on Indonesia-EU trade since the start of FLEGT licensing, EU tropical timber market trends, and the results of the IMM’s 2017 EU trade surveys. Delegates will also hear preliminary findings from its EU furniture sector study, and a presentation on Indonesia’s PHPL sustainable forest management standard and its role in the country’s VPA.

Breakout discussion sessions after lunch will cover:

The factors behind trends in VPA country-EU trade statistics and IMM market perception survey results, and tackling market obstacles to tropical timber.

Sustainability credentials and marketing potential of FLEGT-licensed timber; examining acceptability of Indonesia’s PHPL standard under responsible sourcing policies, recommendations for future VPAs and FLEGT-licensing in timber promotion, including whether a FLEGT-licence logo makes sense.

FLEGT-licensed timber in public procurement. Here the focus will be on UK government acceptance of FLEGT licensed goods under its timber procurement policy and the market impacts and what prevents some other EU countries from recognising licensing under their TPPs.

IMM is an EU-funded programme implemented by the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO). Its role is to monitor trade flows from the 15 FLEGT VPA-engaged tropical supplier countries to the EU, including, of course, from Indonesia. It also studies trade impacts of FLEGT-licensed timber in the EU and gauges timber sector views and understanding of the FLEGT VPA initiative.

For more information and to register, click here.

You can also contact Sarah Storck at [email protected]

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/imm-trade-consultations-industry-input-invited-shape-flegt-vpa-process-8-march-2018-london]

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