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Waugh Thistleton Architects launch '100 Projects UK CLT' book

Waugh Thistleton Architects, in collaboration with the Softwood Lumber Board & Forestry Innovation Investment, have recently launched the book 100 Projects UK CLT.

The one hundred projects featured in the book were selected from over 500 completed CLT projects in the UK.

"Over the last 15 years the UK has experienced a quiet revolution in construction," write the authors. "Since the modest efforts of the first small buildings in the early 2000s a blossoming array of CLT projects has emerged across a range of building types and scales. In 2017, three out of the five buildings nominated for the Stirling Prize, the UK’s top architecture award, were constructed from CLT. Engineered timber buildings are now firmly part of our construction landscape."

"This book presents the case for using engineered timber with one hundred studies encompassing a wide range of scales, styles and types. Also included is a compendium outlining the benefits of CLT along with the considerations for designing and building in this revolutionary material."

"We often refer to human civilisations by the principal materials they employ, such as the Bronze Age, Iron Age etc. In this vein, the 20th century can be very much called the Concrete Age and it seems very likely that the 21st century will be the Timber Age."

A digital version of the book can be downloaded for free on ThinkWood website here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/waugh-thistleton-architects-launch-100-projects-uk-clt-book]

TRADA's Better Timber Buildings conference | 15 November 2018 | London

Following on from the success of the last two annual conferences, TRADA and their service provider Exova BM TRADA have joined forces to host a one-day timber conference levelled at uniting the industry in the pursuit of a common goal: building Better Timber Buildings.

On 15 November 2018, members of the timber industry will assemble at the Royal Geographical Society, London, for a day of talks, Q&As, and debate. The conference is aimed at architects, engineers, suppliers and clients, and aspires to support individuals looking to hone their talents when it comes to designing superb structures in timber. The day will involve four central sessions and attempts to unite inspirational case studies with practical hands-on guidance where high-performance is critical.

A broad array of topics are predicted, with planned talks and discussions around the following:

  • The awe-inspiring Macallan Distillery, arguably one of the most complex timber structures ever built in the UK;
  • The potential of timber design guides, such as TRADA’s National Structural Timber Specification (NSTS), which attempt to encapsulate decades of experience and innovation into streamlined documents that helpfully steer you to specify right from the ground up;
  • Current issues affecting the timber industry and well-rounded, practical solutions to them;
  • Correctly designing timber structures in relation to fire safety and durability; and
  • How we can utilise reports from home warranty and insurance providers, and quantity surveyors, to discover our past successes and mistakes.

“The Better Timber Buildings conference is about switching tack,” says TRADA’s Rupert Scott. “Timber’s popularity continues to grow but now, more than ever, we need to look further and begin taking our timber buildings to the next level. This means aspiring to do a better job right through the chain – from specification to completion – and the best way to start is collectively.”

To attend, please book here: http://bettertimberbuildings.eventbrite.co.uk

For further information, please check the online brochure here or contact Jane Lomas on [email protected] and 01494 569642.

View the event on the CTI Industry Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/tradas-better-timber-buildings-conference-15-november-2018-london]

Timber Expo 2018 ready to kick off at NEC Birmingham | 9-11 October 2018

With only hours left until this year’s Timber Expo sponsored by Steico, kicks off, timber industry professionals still undecided about making the journey will want to take a look at the latest announcements about what’s on at the show at Birmingham’s NEC between 9-11 October, before they miss out on the industry’s biggest event of the year.

The much-anticipated second state of the investigation into flexible timber construction systems has been reached and is being revealed at the Timber Expo by the Royal College of Art and 2NDState.

A team of architects, engineers, fabricators and students have been residing at Grymsdyke Farm research facility, working to develop a flexible design system, using plywood panels. The second state of the project examples how constructions can be designed for dis- and reassembly, so that they can alter their nature, grow and relocate. The finished structure is being dismantled and transported from Grymsdale Farm, to be reassembled at the Timber Expo for all to understand.

A shape-change structure isn’t the only lure to the UK’s only timber focused show. TRADA is displaying the winning designs from its Urban Buzz University Challenge, including the understated winning entry reminiscent of rice terraces in China; the Technical Timber Zone is testing visitor’s knowledge of strength grades and wood species, with a £150 Amazon voucher up for grabs; Carwyn Lloyd Jones, master carpenter at CAT, is revealing his latest tiny timber home challenge built using only natural materials; and BBC Musician of the Year 2016 Andrew Woolcock is showcasing the aural beauty of wood with his rosewood marimba.

Timber Expo Show forms part of UK Construction Week (UKCW), the construction industry’s largest event. 35,000 visitors are expected through the doors of Birmingham’s NEC, taking advantage of more than 650 exhibitors, 10,000 products, 350 speakers, 300 hours of talks, 35 different CPD sessions and 9 industry-specific shows.

Craig Colligan, National Sales Manager – Housebuilding of Steico said: "Steico is delighted to be the headline sponsor for Timber Expo. Our range of timber products is by far the most comprehensive in the industry and we are proud to have them to be showcased at Timber Expo."

Also taking place is the Role Model of the Year announcement, the Structural Timber Awards, launch of the TTF Academy; the Confederation of Timber Industries’ Time for Timber workshops and networking programme (find out more here); the Future of Construction Hub; and live rockaoke at the Beer Festival, sponsored by Velux.

Visitors will leave with their questions answered, needs covered and knowledge updated.

For the last chance to attend, tickets are still available from www.timber-expo.co.uk and allow access to all nine UKCW shows: Build Show; Energy 2018; Timber Expo; Surface and Materials Show; Building Tech Live; HVAC 2018; Civils Expo; Plant and Machinery Live and Grand Designs Live.

Show news and updates will be posted live throughout the event on the website at www.timber-expo.co.uk and Twitter @TimberExpo or using the hashtag #TimberExpo2018.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/timber-expo-2018-ready-kick-nec-birmingham-9-11-october]

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]

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