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David Birkbeck appointed as ambassador and chair of Wood For Good

Wood For Good, the timber industry’s campaign established to promote the use of timber in design and construction, has appointed a new ambassador and committee chair.

David Birkbeck (pictured on the left), Design for Homes’ chief executive, is to lead the Wood for Good campaign, taking over from Craig White, who has been involved since 2013.

David has been at the helm of Design for Homes since 2000. He incorporated it as a social enterprise to promote what works best in housing and campaigns for homes to be better designed and produced in greater volumes.

David will use his extensive experience and industry networks to help Wood for Good push for new opportunities to position timber as a first-choice material in construction, from interiors through to large scale commercial projects.

Discussing the current housing situation in the UK, David says: “Everyone knows the country can’t get anywhere near the level of production it needs without more companies and more solutions in the supply chain."

“The next few years should offer a range of platforms for the timber industry to show its potential and help tackle an increasingly corrosive problem - access to a home."

Christiane Lellig, campaign director for Wood for Good says: “Craig has done a fantastic job with Wood for Good over the past four years and we are lucky to have him as a continued friend to the campaign."

“We are very pleased to have David on board. With the continuing development and growing support for the timber industry, David’s experience and knowledge complements our values and objectives perfectly.”

Craig White says: “During my time with Wood for Good, interest in new timber technologies and methods of construction has grown rapidly. The timber industry is perfectly placed to meet this shifting market demand and Wood for Good will continue to provide valuable support.”

Wood for Good’s objective is to make wood a first-choice material for specifiers and designers by demonstrating that wood is a versatile building material with numerous application possibilities beyond traditional use."

 

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Grown In Britain launches '‘Old Chestnuts’ e-postcards to dispel British timber myths

Grown in Britain has launched a series of ‘Old Chestnuts’: electronic postcards designed to show that British-grown timber is a modern material. They are also intended to dispel old myths on issues such as quality and availability, which have long been outpaced by investment in production at UK mills. Launched during Grown in Britain Week (9-15 October 2017), the e-cards are available at www.growninbritain.org.

“Hearsay of the past about British timber and its suitability for various uses now needs to be laid firmly to rest,” said Grown In Britain CEO Dougal Driver. “With materials ranging from British-grown Glulam to thermally-modified cladding and laminated and finger jointed sections, UK timber is now being used for innovative projects and products of all kinds. Add to this the integral social value and the present favourable pricing situation, and British timber is certainly delivering for companies throughout the wood supply chain.”

Mr Driver added: “Our thanks goes to all the timber-specialist architects who, along with our licence-holders and other industry colleagues, are lending us amazing pictures of their output to make these visually engaging and thought-provoking e-cards.”

The Old Chestnuts series can also be seen weekly on Twitter: @GrowninBritain.

 

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FSC launches Vancouver Declaration to boost responsible forest management worldwide

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has launched an ambitious new initiative to increase the use of materials from responsibly managed forests. The Vancouver Declaration allows businesses which use these natural products to pledge their commitment to increase responsible sourcing.

Global companies like IKEA, H&M, SIG, Marks and Spencer, Jysk, Mitsubishi Paper Mills or Fuji Xerox have pledged support to the initiative. The aim is to get more businesses across the entire supply chain on board.

Kim Carstensen, Director General of FSC, said: "It's fantastic to see so many great businesses supporting this declaration. Our forests are a wonderful yet delicate natural resource, and a lot of people's lives depend of their sustainable and responsible use. By committing to using FSC-certified wood and forest products, our partners are helping to protect our forests – and the planet – for future generations."

Mikhail Tarasov, Global Forestry Manager at IKEA, commented: "IKEA is committed to only use wood from more sustainable sources (currently FSC certified and recycled) by 2020 and promote sustainable forest management beyond our own needs to make it an industry norm. This is what we call 'forest positive.' So it was natural for us to support the Vancouver Declaration. We're proud to be part of this global initiative."

The Vancouver Declaration is part of FSC's wider ambition to help businesses meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, as Samuel Sigrist, SIG explained: "It has been a great honour for me to present the Vancouver Declaration at FSC's 2017 General Assembly. We believe that this initiative, with its commitment to FSC certification, is a key tool in achieving parts of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. We are the first in our industry to be able to display the FSC label on 100% of our packs. This is a major milestone for SIG on its journey to become a 'net positive' business, helping to create more natural resources than we use."

For more info, click here.

 

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STA launches 'Time for Timber' podcast

The Structural Timber Association (STA) has launched 'Time for Timber', a series of interviews with high-profile construction professionals about features, projects and potentialities of the Structural Timber Industry. 

The podcasts - freely downloadable on iTunes and AudioBoom - can be listened to ‘on the go’ from mobiles or other portable devices.

The first Podcast features Tim Snelson, Associate Director for Arup - a company that offers multi-disciplinary design, with Architecture and Engineering services. This unique fusion of engineering and architecture enables Arup to develop technologically advanced design that is appropriate, economic - sensitive to both environmental and human needs. In this inaugural Podcast, Tim Snelson discusses the opportunities for timber to provide smart solutions to the current and future challenges in the construction industry.

To listen to the full interview, go to: https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=1278961345&i=1000391820214

Android users can access the podcast by entering this link in to a podcast app: https://audioboom.com/posts/6263332-ep-1-tim-snelson-of-arup

 

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Housing Minister Alok Sharma to be keynote speaker at BMF Members Day

The Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Alok Sharma, will speak at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members Day on 20th September 2017. 

Mr Sharma, who was appointed to this role in June 2017, is responsible for the government’s housing and home ownership policy as well as the planning policy which underpins it. Other important parts of his current portfolio include estates regeneration and regulation of the private rented sector.  

Mr Sharma was elected as Conservative MP for Reading West in May 2010. Before taking up his current post he was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and has served as a member of the Commons Treasury select committee and the Commons Science and Technology select committee. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “A great deal of merchant business is driven by housing but I believe this is the first time that a housing minister has addressed BMF Members Day. We are delighted that Alok Sharma is able to join us this year.” 

BMF Members’ Day 2017 will be held at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire. The Business Conference and the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner both take place on 20th September. The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 19th September, along with our other social activities, Quad Biking and Rifle Shooting 

For more information and to book a place at the BMF Members’ Day Event, click here.

 

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