Industry News

Structural Timber Awards 2015 shortlist announced

The Structural Timber Awards 2015 shortlist has just been announced. Featuring over 160 entries across 14 categories, this year's awards offer several outstanding, innovative projects and products.

The winners will be declared at the dinner taking place on Tuesday 06 October 2015 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham during the UK Construction Week

For the short list click here.

Timber buildings cheaper to construct than traditional designs, TDA report says

According to a new study led by Andrew Dunn, chief executive of the Timber Development Association (TDA) in Australia, timber buildings can be up to 10-15% cheaper to construct than concrete-framed or steel-framed buildings.

The report “Commercial Building Costing Case Studies – Traditional Design versus Timber Project” shows that timber construction saves 12.4% for a commercial office building, 13.9% for an aged care facility, 2.2% for an apartment building and 9.4% for a portal-framed industrial shed. The study includes costs associated with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, facade and acoustic insulation.

The University of Technology Sydney, alongside Arup, AECOM, Studio 505 and Fitzpatrick + Partners, co-developed the research method and collaborated on design, cost and site issues.

Further information on ArchDaily website.

Consultation on EUTR open until 3 July 2015

Stakeholders can express their opinion on the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) until the 3rd of July. 

The consultation, open to Member States authorities, Non-governmental Organisations, Private Organisations, Industry Associations, SMEs, Consultancies, Operators and Traders, Monitoring Organisations and Citizens, aims to assess the functioning of the EUTR and its effectiveness in keeping illegally harvested timber or timber products out of the EU market.

The outcome will be taken in account by the European Commission to review the current EU regulation on timber products next December.

To join the consultation click here.

Grown in Britain campaign for homegrown wood gets Innovate UK support

A Grown in Britain campaign has received financial support from the UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK, to study how hardwood supply chain in the UK can be improved. 

The 12 months project will start in in October 2015, aiming to grow the market for hardwood timber coming from UK woodlands. 

That is a challenging target since, currently, more than 80% of all of the timber and timber products used in the UK are imported.

"There are more than 30 million tonnes of timber in unmanaged woodlands throughout the UK which the project will begin to unlock", explained Dougal Driver, Grown in Britain chief executive. "With the UK relying on high levels of imported timber, this campaign is vital to break down barriers within the supply chain for home-grown hardwood, making it much more accessible and readily available.”

For more details visit Edie.net website.

Scottish firm invests £4m in CLT following Napier University work

The profitable collaboration between the Edinburgh Napier University and the Scottish construction firm CCG will give the UK its first large scale CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) production facility. 

In fact, following the research undertaken by the University’s Institute for Sustainable Construction, CCG has bought a new 122,000 sq. ft. plant, for a total investment of ca. £4.2m.

The facility will be used to produce ‘massive’ timber (aka CLT), a building material made of multiple layers of lumber oriented at right angles to one another and then glued to create wood panels exceptionally strong.

"This alternative construction system is not currently manufactured in the UK and has to be imported from countries such as Russia and Scandinavia, adding cost and undermining its potential environmental advantages", highlighted the Herald Scotland in a recent article

“The next step will hopefully be the integration of home-grown timber into the facility, which our research has shown is technically feasible once supply chain issues are resolved. And if that happens it will be a significant boost to the Scottish and UK economies.”, added Dr Robert Hairstans, Head of the Centre for Offsite Construction & Innovative Structures (COCIS).

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