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CTI promoting Industry collaboration at Timber Expo 2017

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) is glad to be exhibiting again at Timber Expo, the timber dedicated show taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 10 to 12 October 2017.

Championing a collaborative approach across the UK Timber Industry, the CTI will share the Stand T445 with three major trade organisations in the Sector: the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the Structural Timber Association (STA) and the Timber Trade Federation (TTF).

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CTI promoting Industry collaboration at Timber Expo 2017

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) is glad to be exhibiting again at Timber Expo, the timber dedicated show taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 10 to 12 October 2017.

Championing a collaborative approach across the UK Timber Industry, the CTI will share the Stand T445 with three major trade organisations in the Sector: the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the Structural Timber Association (STA) and the Timber Trade Federation (TTF).

Under the umbrella of the CTI, BWF, STA and TTF will be working together to showcase benefits and applications of timber in construction. There will also be room for networking and business opportunities through a wide range of workshops, presentations and informative meetings.

The STA will open the round of events taking place at the CTI joint stand with the launch of the STA’s Timber Trends and Capacity Report scheduled on Tuesday 10th October from 12.30 to 13.30. The report aims to show to the Government and the wider Construction Industry that the Structural Timber Sector has already the ability to deliver quality systems at a scale to meet current and future market demand.

Wednesday 11th October will see two presentations taking place at CTI Stand and the nearby Timber Restaurant. At 12.30 pm, the BWF will announce the shortlisted projects of its BWF Woodworking Awards with a drinks reception to be held at CTI Stand.

At 2 pm, the Timber Restaurant will host a joint seminar, organised by the TTF and the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the United Kingdom, with a focus on business opportunities in Belarus. The event aims to bring together UK timber traders and Belarusian companies to further understand the market and facilitate trade.

Finally, the agenda for Thursday 12th October includes two more events to take place at the CTI joint stand. From 10.30 to 11.30, the BWF, in collaboration with Grown in Britain, will be showing qualities and benefits of the new line of Grown In Britain certified windows. Coming up, from 12.30 to 13.30, the BWF will launch its updated Stair Scheme Design Guide.

CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman OBE commented: “Timber Expo is one of the largest trade shows in our Industry and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to promote timber excellence both to key stakeholders in the Construction sector and the wider public.

After many years of division, it’s great to see major trade organisations such as BWF, STA and TTF working side by side towards a common goal under the umbrella of the CTI.

This collaborative approach is exactly what our Industry needs to further develop its innovative solutions. From offsite housing and low-carbon construction products to high responsible sourcing standards and communities’ development, the UK Timber Sector has a lot to say to decision makers and influencers.

Once again, the only way to be heard is to speak with a single voice.”

 

Find CTI Stand T445 on UK Construction Week floor map here and view all the events planned at the Stand here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-promoting-industry-collaboration-timber-expo-2017]

CTI Blog - What do you need to know about Formaldehyde?

This guest blog is by Ian Rochester, Technical Manager at the Wood Panel industries Federation. It originally appeared on the BWF Blog.

 

Every now and then we get asked about ‘Formaldehyde’ and mostly it’s in relation to compliance with a specific requirement or from a concerned user or specifier in relation to health impacts. In this piece I will try to explain what the current state of knowledge is and what the future is likely to be.

Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring colourless chemical composed of Hydrogen, Oxygen and Carbon.  Formaldehyde is quickly broken down by sunlight and bacteria in soil and it does not accumulate in the environment. As well as occurring naturally in the environment and being essential to life, formaldehyde is also synthesised for use in manufacturing.  It is a compound that provides functionality for the manufacture of plastics and polymers. One of its most common applications is as an intermediate component of some adhesive resins/binders and in this regard its use in the manufacture of wood-based panels has been widespread.  

 

Understanding the impacts

As an intermediate compound, most of the formaldehyde used in binders is converted to other stable compounds by chemical reactions, but there can be some residual ‘free formaldehyde’ that can be emitted. It is the concentration of free formaldehyde released from products that has given rise to safety concerns over the past three decades. Over this period however research, product innovation and regulation have all helped to enhance understanding about impacts and also control. Importantly it is known that, formaldehyde has a threshold concentration below which no harm will occur. In both the workplace and in products, formaldehyde exposure can be controlled to well below those safe levels. 

There is a lot of information out there on formaldehyde - some scientific and some is no more than opinion (and some which is completely erroneous) - which makes it difficult to form an opinion on at a glance. The World Health Organization (WHO) have made assessments (and reassessed in 2010) to provide guidance on a safe indoor air concentration for the general population and, as I write, formaldehyde is currently going through the most thorough assessment ever undertaken as part of the REACH regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of Chemicals). The substance evaluation process assesses all the relevant scientific information available from across the world and draws conclusions on how to manage the risks which in the case of formaldehyde will be occupational and consumer exposure limits.

From an occupational health and safety point of view, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL) has recommended an OEL of  0.6ppm STEL and 0.3ppm 8hr TWA*. If as expected this becomes a binding limit, then even in spite of BREXIT, it is highly probable that the current UK OEL of 2ppm will be amended.

 

Product emissions and indoor air quality

In terms of product emissions and indoor air, in Europe there are currently two formaldehyde classes for wood-based panels, namely E1 and E2.  E1 is 0.124 mg/m3 (0.1 ppm) concentration in a test chamber and E2 is an open ended class for any product higher than E1. The WHO recommended safe concentration limit in indoor air is 0.1 mg/m3 (rounded down from 0.12mg/m3) and recent studies have shown that buildings, including low energy new builds, have formaldehyde levels lower than half the WHO recommended limit. Let’s not forget, the WHO limit has a factor of safety of 5 included from where sensory irritation occurs therefore making sure it’s safe.

There is concern that the E2 class could result in an indoor air concentration higher than the WHO limit because E2 has no upper limit, this is why WPIF members and European Panel Federation member manufacturers do not produce E2 boards and haven’t done so since 2007 and many stopped making it before that. The European Commission has resisted the European wood-based panel industry’s call to remove the E2 class but until eventually removed, industry bodies should continue to insist that E2 products are not specified.

EN Standards and regulations have set the tone across Europe but elsewhere there are requirements that may vary from those in Europe that have to be met if exporting to those countries or particular certification schemes. Notably laws like CARB in California (soon to be US Federal Law), or specific scheme’s requirements like the Blue Angel, BREEAM, LEED etc… most of which approach the subject in slightly different ways. 

The modernised manufacturing techniques used by manufacturers across Europe along with advances in resin development have transformed the way panels are produced such that our members can supply products that meet such demands, from zero added formaldehyde products to ultra-low emitting products that meet both the technical needs in terms of strength characteristics and that of very low formaldehyde emissions.

 

*ppm = Parts Per Million
STEL = Short Term Exposure Limit
TWA = Time Weighted Average

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/cti-blog-what-do-you-need-know-about-formaldehyde]

PEFC Forest Certification Week | 13-17 November 2017 | Helsinki, Finland

The PEFC Forest Certification Week 2017 will take place in Helsinki, Finland, from 13 to 17 November 2017.

The event includes the PEFC General Assembly along with meetings and workshops and comes to a close with the two-day PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue, open to everybody.

The General Assembly is made up of all the members of PEFC and is the organisation's highest authority and decision-making body. PEFC members will have the opportunity to vote on key decisions such as endorsements, international standards, new members, statutes and budget. 

PEFC Week has also grown to feature one of the most important annual public dialogues on the future of forest certification and sustainable forest management: the PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue.

This year, PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue's theme will be 'Making Certification SMART' focusing on how new and emerging technologies can support forest certification. 

The registration deadline is 31 October 2017.

View the events on CTI & Timber Industry Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/pefc-forest-certification-week-13-17-november-2017-helsinki-finland]

Super Talks: Talking Timber | 21 September 2017 | London

On Thursday 21st September, the London Design Fair will host 'Super Talks | Talking Timber', a lively panel discussion organised by the Wood Awards.

During the event - to take place at the Old Truman Brewery in London from 3pm to 4pm - previous Wood Awards winners will explore the role of timber in the UK design world.

Topics covered will range from modern innovations to traditional craftsmanship. Established in 1971, the awards are given for excellence in British architecture and product design, and aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design and installation in the world’s only naturally sustainable material.

Previous Wood Awards winners include Foster + Partners, Arup, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Benchmark and Katie Walker. A record of thirty-four projects have been selected for the 2017 shortlist, including projects by dRMM, 6a, Alison Brooks, ercol and Gareth Neal.

Brand strategist David Michon will chair the seminar, while the panel will include Alex de Rijke (dRMM), Sebastian Cox (Sebastian Cox Ltd) and Yael Mer (Raw-Edges Design Studio).

To register for free, click here.

View this event on CTI TImber Industry Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/super-talks-talking-timber-21-september-2017-london]

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