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CTI comment on Housing White Paper: Timber solutions can greatly improve quality and quantity of UK housing supply

The Confederation of Timber Industries has responded to the recent White Paper: Fixing our Broken Housing Market highlighting the vital role timber has in delivering sustainable and quality homes at the levels required to meet the housing shortfall in the UK. 

The response - downloadable here - welcomes the Government's Housing White Paper issued in February 2017 and proposes tangible "timber solutions" to the challenges of current UK housing market.

CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman commented: “Echoing the conclusion of our recent parliamentary debate on this subject, timber has technological proven solutions to clear the bottle-neck and improve the quality of housing supply in the UK.  We offer a number of pre-manufactured solutions, from entire timber constructions to pre-finished engineered components that support a more efficient modern build process and are working hard to train the supply chain to support installation."  

"The overall thrust of the White Paper is very positive - we absolutely have to clear planning bottlenecks and supply side issues to ensure demand is met. In this we also have to remember we are building homes, not just housing. We have a duty of care to the safety and wellbeing of the residents of each new home and to consider the impact of building on our environment." 

"Leaning on the timber supply chain is a good start in making the changes that need to happen. I was very much minded as I read the consultation of words of architect Michael Green, 'Wood is the most technologically advanced material that we can build with. The Earth grows our food. The earth can grow our homes. It’s an ethical change we have to go through.'"

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-comment-housing-white-paper-timber-solutions-can-greatly-improve-quality-and-quantity-uk]

CTI responds to Industrial Strategy Green Paper 2017 highlighting Timber Industry's contribution to UK Economy

The Confederation of Timber Industries has issued its response to the Government's consultation on the Industrial Strategy Green Paper 2017.

The CTI response - available here - addresses the ten pillars of the industrial strategy with recommendations on how to encourage inward investment, deliver affordable energy, develop skills and support business growth.

The paper sets out policy asks to ensure that the Timber industry can supporting a productive future for the UK economy. It also includes case studies for consideration and highlights actions that the timber industry could take to support their ambitions of a sustainable, productive and economically strong sector.

Roy Wakeman OBE, Chair of the CTI, said: "The Industrial Strategy Green Paper gives us a once in a generation opportunity to shape change. The Green Paper looks intrinsically at what drives productivity, from inherent supply chain practice through to the skills we need to move forward."

"The Green Paper rightly challenges us not just to look at how we work with Government, but how we can drive positive change within our own supply chain. In our response, we start to explore how we meet the challenges and opportunities as a £10 billion supply chain, building on the natural advantage that timber offers and started to consider what a Sector Deal might look like."

"We look forward to engaging more closely with the industry and new government to develop these ideas once the election is over."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-responds-industrial-strategy-green-paper-2017-highlighting-timber-industrys-contribution]

CTI Parliamentary seminar on Skills, Productivity and Growth postponed

Following the Prime Minister’s decision to hold a general election, and the overwhelming support for this in yesterday’s Parliamentary vote, the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) in accordance with the Timber Industries APPG Chairman Ian Paisley MP, decided to postpone the Parliamentary seminar meeting on Tuesday 25th April and re-convene in the Autumn.

CTI Director Iain McIlwee commented: "It is a shame we had to cancel the meeting but, with Parliament being disbanded to make way for the election, many MPs will be focused on finishing last-minute business, while others will be heading back to their constituencies. We will reschedule the event later in the year when the political situation will be clearer and we could secure a consistent involvement of MPs in the meeting."

"In the meantime, the CTI will follow closely the electoral campaign promoting Timber Industries case to candidates and key decision makers."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-parliamentary-seminar-skills-productivity-and-growth-postponed]

Roy Wakeman OBE appointed new CTI Chairman

Roy Wakeman OBE has been appointed new Chairman of the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI). He succeeds Peter Hindle MBE, who stepped down last autumn.

Mr Wakeman will coordinate the new CTI strategy encouraging best practise and boosting a wide collaboration among the leading trade organisations and companies across the Supply Chain.

Mr Wakeman is a leading figure and driving force in the timber and joinery Industry. He has led the Industry as President of the BWF (British Woodworking Federation) three times in his career, 1987, 2001 and 2013. He was Chairman of the Construction Confederation in 2001 and has previously chaired the Networking Forum for the CPA (Construction Products Association) for 11 years.

Mr Wakeman has grown a number of well-known brands and businesses in the joinery manufacturing arena including Sarek Joinery with sales of £30m in 1984-90; The LS Group of Performance Doorsets including the brands of Leaderflush, Shapland and Petter and Longden Doors with sales of £40m 1995-2005.

In 2006 he led a Management buyout of Mumford and Wood, the UK’s leading manufacturer of high quality bespoke Timber windows and Doors which at the time had sales revenues of £6m. Since then Mr Wakeman and his team have built a Group of Timber Fenestration brands, under the Group umbrella of PTPG, with sales currently over £20m pa. The brands include Mumford and Wood, Timber Windows.com and Dale windows and Doors.

In 2012, Mr Wakeman was awarded an OBE in Queen's Honours List for services to the joinery manufacturing industry and, one year later, he was appointed non-Executive Chairman of European Doorsets, a leading supplier of Performance Doorsets for the Construction Industry.

Commenting on his appointment as new CTI Chairman, Roy Wakeman said: “I am delighted to accept both the role and challenge of the Chairman of the CTI, and very much look forward to helping everyone involved in this great industry to consolidate and improve the leading position that Timber holds as a modern material of choice.

Having spent my whole life in the distribution, manufacture and marketing of timber and its end products, I will use all my experience to make sure that we continue to lead, innovate and increase our reputation.”

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/roy-wakeman-obe-appointed-new-cti-chairman]

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.”

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-wood-good-exhibit-ecobuild-2017-offsite-approach-timber-industry]

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