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CTI & Wood for Good exhibit at Ecobuild 2017: An Offsite approach from the Timber Industry

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI), together with Wood for Good, will be exhibiting at the Explore Offsite section of Ecobuild, 7-9 March 2017, Excel London, showcasing the natural advantages of working with wood.  

Timber is the natural choice for a variety of offsite solutions. Experts from the Structural Timber Association, British Woodworking Federation, Timber Trade Federation, TRADA and Wood for Good will be on hand to answer your queries about this rapidly growing section of the construction market.

As well as having experts on hand throughout the exhibition, two exciting projects will be launched on Tuesday 7th March 2017 at the joint CTI/Wood for Good stand E109.

The first event – scheduled at 2pm - will see the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) launching the first Life Cycle Assessments through the new BRE LINA tool. Experts from the BWF and BRE will discuss the benefits of the new tool in order to produce bespoke life cycle assessments for wood manufacturers.

Using this new LCA tool, manufacturers will be able to produce their own verified data, allowing specifiers to make the right environmental choice.

At 4 pm, the CTI stand will also host the launch of the new guide on the ‘Robustness of CLT Structures’. Produced by the Structural Timber Association (STA) to address market needs for technical recommendations, the CLT guidance is the accumulation of more than 12 months of industry reviews and workshops.

Endorsed by Premier Guarantee and LABC Warranty, the publication provides key principles of robust design, connection detailing and installation of cross laminated timber buildings.  

Finally, Ecobuild visitors will have the opportunity to collect free information sheets and publications from TRADA info point, located adjacent to CTI stand.

TRADA will also provide an ‘ask an expert’ facility - including 2 technical consultants - for the whole duration of the show - to answer questions on any timber-related matter.

Andrew Carpenter, STA Chief Executive and Member of CTI Board of Directors, commented: “These are exciting times for timber, a modern material with natural advantages that can lead to a real revolution in construction.

Thanks to a modern and collaborative approach involving all major trade bodies in the UK Timber Industry, we can now promote our ‘oven-ready’ solutions to support offsite and sustainable construction.

The 21st Century is emerging as the Timber Age and we will work hard to push this message forward.”


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CTI Parliamentary seminar: Offsite Construction most effective solution to Housing Crisis

Timber Frame Offsite Construction is the most effective, proven solution to meeting housing demand. The industry has a current capacity of 100,000 units per year and could easily scale up to 150,000 given the right policy frameworks.

This was the clear message delivered at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Timber Industries, organised by the CTI (Confederation of Timber Industries).

Speaking in the House of Commons, one week ahead of the March 2017 Budget announcement, Stewart Dalgarno, Director of Product Development at Stewart Milne Group told the audience: “Housing is arguably the biggest social issue of our times, and a huge economic opportunity. The timber industry already has the capacity to help meet this demand and is already delivering around 60,000 units per year using proven offsite construction methods. This is not something for the future, we’re doing this now.”

However, to fully realise the potential of delivering over 150,000 offsite timber frame units per year by 2020 a more certain and long term commitment and policy framework is needed, he warned:  “Our sector is ready to invest and recruit. We can create a Housing Industrial Revolution, creating UK jobs, UK prosperity and UK homes. But, we need that long-term commitment from Government and clients, the visibility of demand that comes with it, to really make this happen.”

The audience was shown a wide range of community developments which had been delivered across the UK using offsite timber-frame construction, including Bicester EcoTown, Glasgow Commonwealth Legacy Village, Derwenthorpe Village, York, and several others.

In addition, case studies of Council Homes, Affordable Housing, private housing and private rental sector and student villages were presented to highlight the variety of designs and developments which can be achieved using existing UK timber offsite businesses.

Thomas Hoepfner, co-founder of the New Garden Cities Alliance, and David Birkbeck, Chief Executive of Design for Homes, also presented examples of exemplar design and development using offsite timber-construction methods.

Chairing the meeting of the APPG, Ian Paisley MP said: “It is clear the timber industry has proven capacity and ability to deliver solutions to the housing crisis, now and in the future. This is a powerful message that needs to get to the heart of Government, particularly the Housing Minister and the Treasury. I, and other members of the APPG, will do our best to help you achieve this.”


A Storify recap of the seminar including pictures, recordings and presentations can be found here.


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CTI writes to Chancellor ahead of 2017 Budget Announcement

In an open letter to the Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond ahead of his budget speech on 8 March 2017, the Confederation of Timber Industries has called for a more incisive role of the Government on strategic themes such as Skills and Education, Productive Growth and Energy Security.

The letter - written by Iain McIlwee, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and Member of CTI Board of Directors - highlights the contribution of the Timber Industry to the UK Economy and provides recommendations to tackle the productivity gap.

In details the CTI has outlined the following points:

  • Rebalancing the educational system to support technical education is essential for UK Economy growth
  • The introduction of the new Apprentice Standards may not apply correctly
  • Any profit from the Apprenticeship Levy money should be ring-fenced to support SMEs training
  • Schools should be equipped and targeted to support technical education options
  • The current business rate system discourages investment and undermines productivity - as remarked by the latest BWF State of Trade Survey
  • UK needs a productive taxation system that rewards positive behaviour and encourages UK Trade Gain
  • The reduction of Industry Energy usage must be a pillar of the new UK Clean Growth policy
  • The recommendations of the Natural Capital Committee and the Bonfield Review could represent a starting point in a wider debate on the future of UK energy supply

The complete letter can be found here.


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CTI seminar on Housing White Paper | 28 February 2017 | House of Commons

On Tuesday 28th February 2017, the Confederation of Timber Industries will hold a seminar event outlining how the UK Offsite Timber Manufacturing is helping deliver the ambitions of the Housing White Paper.

The event "Housing White Paper: Delivering targets through Offsite Timber Construction" will take place from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm in the Committee Room 19, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA.

Speakers include: David Birkbeck, CEO of Design for Homes; Thomas Hoepfner, Cofounder & Director of New Garden Cities Alliance; and Stewart Dalgarno, Director of product development at Stewart Milne Timber Systems, one of the UK’s leading timber homes manufacturers.

The recent Housing White Paper has highlighted the need for innovative offsite manufacture to help meet our housing targets. The UK timber manufacturing sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of construction in the UK and at the forefront of building innovation. It allows homes to be built faster, more sustainably, and to a higher standard than traditional build methods.

This focused session will also provide excellent opportunities to network with members of Timber Industries APPG and key decision makers.

The Full Agenda for the event can be seen here.

Please note that this is an invitation-only event and the available seats are strictly limited.

For more information, contact Ben Antuono - CTI Communications Coordinator - at [email protected] or 0207 291 5377.


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CTI teams up with Offsite Construction Awards to boost affordable housing

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) and the Offsite Construction Awards have agreed a partnership intended to promote innovative and sustainable construction methods.

The Offsite Construction Awards 2017 - to take place in London on Tuesday 13th June 2017 - will reward outstanding examples of prefabrication and factory-based methods, products, systems and disciplines that increasingly strive to develop a sustainable, streamlined and cost-effective way to deliver a better built environment.

Across key sectors of UK construction, the Awards will showcase innovation, celebrate best practice and recognise overall expertise in offsite construction through landmark projects, influential people and material and manufacturing excellence in this dynamic arena.

"Recent estimates by the National House Building Council suggest that less than one in six homes uses off-site technologies", said CTI Communications Coordinator Benedetto Antuono. "That's a shame considering the endemic housing crisis affecting the UK and the benefits that offsite construction brings in terms of environmental impact, speed of construction and cost-containment."

"For these reasons, the CTI is pleased to support events like the Offsite Construction Awards not only showcasing innovative construction methods, but also contributing to boost affordable housing supply across the Nation."

The submission deadline is 31st March 2017. To view the categories, click here.

For more information, visit www.offsiteawards.co.uk.


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