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Timber Expo 2018 | 9-11 October 2018 | NEC, Birmingham

Timber Expo is returning to Birmingham’s NEC from 9 - 11 October 2018.

Timber Expo is one of the most renowned trade shows in the UK, covering a breadth of timber applications from timber frame, sawmills, merchants, glulam, SIPs, CLT, fixings and fastenings, timber cladding, doors/windows, mouldings, skirtings and flooring. 

The show is supported by industry associations including CTI, TRADA, STTC, BMF, RIBA, CIAT, Wood for Good and NaCSBA where trade visitors can gather under one roof to discover the latest products, innovations and developments across the timber sector - not just from the UK but from an increasingly exciting and diverse international market.

Timber Expo unites over 100 exhibitors with an audience of over 35,000 industry professionals as part of UK Construction Week

UK Construction Week consists of nine shows under one roof, Timber Expo, Building Tech Live, Build Show, Civils Expo, Energy 2018, HVAC 2018, Plant & Machinery Live, Surface Materials Show and Grand Designs Live.

For more information - and free registration - visit: https://www.ukconstructionweek.com/timber-expo

View the event on the CTI & Industry Calendar.

Below you can also find a brief overview of the Timber Expo highlights from its three day residence at UK Construction Week 2017.

 

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

Wood For Good produces new video on Build to Rent and Future of Housing

Wood for Good has produced a new video shining the spotlight on the growing Build to Rent sector and examining the unique nature of this market.

According to the British Property Federation, there are now almost 120,000 Build to Rent units already built, under construction or in planning across the UK; a 30% increase over the last year.

Christiane Lellig, campaign director at Wood for Good said: “Build to Rent is becoming increasingly important in the UK housing market. We teamed up with Build to Rent consultancy LIV Consult and property consultancy Gardiner & Theobald to highlight the growing importance of this sector, to examine some of the opportunities and challenges of this market and also to show how the timber industry can play a central role.”

Oliver Booth, partner at property consultancy Gardiner & Theobald, said: “The need for Build to Rent has never been more important. The bottom line is we have an availability of housing crisis in the UK and there are many brave organisations, corporations and institutions stepping up to try and fix that.”

Build to Rent developers and investors are in the market for the long haul; choosing higher-end materials such as engineered timber, both within the building’s fabric and the fit and finish that will stand the test of time.

Designing for efficiency and specifications that will last long term is a distinct separation from the traditional build for sale market, where cheaper materials and finishes are frequently specified to maximise profits for the developer.

Commenting on the unique nature of the Build to Rent market, Ashley Perry, Build to Rent consultancy director at LIV Consult, said: “The Build to Rent market is unique because of its focus on resident experience and efficiency through design, operations and overall long-term use.

“Designers and developers have to understand how efficiently the building can operate as that will drive long term income and capital growth for investors.”

Highlighting the pivotal role the timber industry can play, Oliver Booth said: “A major benefit of engineered timber is that it’s fast to construct and that’s good for the Build to Rent model because we need to build quickly.

“In addition, organisations want to use timber because it’s such a sustainable product. Those materials that are made and can be disposed of in a sustainable way and that contribute to people’s health and wellbeing, will have a competitive advantage over those that don’t.”

Typically, Build to Rent schemes target young professionals, students and downsizers who buy into the lifestyle and convenience of well-built properties with a superior fit and finish, and are close to local amenities.

Build to Rent and the future of housing from Wood for Good on Vimeo.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/wood-good-produces-new-video-build-rent-and-future-housing]

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

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/edinburgh-napier-university-introduces-%E2%80%8Bnew-msc-timber-architecture]

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

 

Episode 3 | 15th August 2018

Iain McIlwee
CTI Director and Chief Executive of British Woodworking Federation (BWF)

Developing skills to help grow the Timber Industry

 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]

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