Industry News

TRA optimistic about the new housing figures in England

Good news for the housing market in England. According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, the number of homes started in Q1 is 11% up on Q1 2013 and 41% up on Q1 2011; 40,340 new homes started in England in Q1; 34,210 homes were completed in Q1, the highest number since Q4 2008.

"Nonetheless, these figures could not be completely satisying", underlined TRA (Trussed Rafter Association) Director Nick Boulton. "In fact the 137,310 new homes started in 2014 are still a long way short of the 230,000 ones we need in England alone". 

"TRA members are ready and waiting to help bridge this gap", Boulton added. "We have the necessary credentials to meet the increasing demand for both offsite and on onsite construction".

AHEC to hold seminar in Hanoi in June 2015

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has announced a seminar to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 22 June 2015. 

There will be five supporting organisations including Vietnam Association of Architects(VAA), Vietnam Timber and Forest Products Industry Association (VTiForest), HAWA, Vietnam Design Association(VDA) and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). 

Architects, designers, contractors, furniture producers and forestry experts are expected to join the seminar.

John Chan, AHEC Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Greater China, said: “One of the reasons that we hold our seminar in Hanoi is because sustainable US hardwoods are getting more popular in Vietnam in the past 10 years”.

Find out more on AHEC website.

Dave Heeley to speak at BMF Members’ Day

Dave Heeley, an inspirational, fundraising adventurer has been confirmed as the latest speaker for the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Members’ Day on 16-17 September 2015. 

"Blind Dave", as he is known to his friends, is the first and only blind man to complete three separate incredible physical challenges. Among these the Marathon de Sables, a six-day, 156 mile ultra-marathon in the Sahara Desert.

Significantly, 2015 Members' Day theme is "People, Purpose & Passion" and Dave is the perfect speaker to talk about the importance of teamwork, the power of trusting in your team, and effective communication and how to use it.

Find out more on BMF website.

Microalgae and waste biomass, here the future asphalt

An environmentally friendly asphalt, made of microalgae and waste biomass, including wood and sewage, could replace the common bitumen used on our roads.

In a statement to the Guardian, Bruno Bujoli, director of research at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) at the University of Nantes, said: "The chemical composition of the microalgae bioasphalt differs from petroleum-derived asphalt, but initial tests have concluded that it also bears similar viscous properties and can bind aggregates together efficiently, as well as being able to cope with loads such as vehicles". How does it work? Find out more here.

New waste wood energy plant will light 49,000 homes in Yorkshire

Barnsley metropolitan borough council gave planning permission to build a £65 million waste wood gasification plant on a former coal mine. The future Renewable Energy Centre, managed by Peel Environmental, will be capable of processing 150,000 tonnes of waste wood each year and will generate enough energy to power ca49,000 homes in Yorkshire.

Peel Environment said that "the development would provide up to 25 jobs during operation and 200 jobs during the construction phase". Find out more on