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Wood in Architecture Award 2015 last call for entries

The World Architecture News (WAN) Wood in Architecture Award 2015 is closing for entries on the 30th of June. 

The award aims to honour the most daring, innovative and visually buildings that highlight the unique qualities of timber. The winner will be announced at the UK Construction Week on 8 October 2015.

This year’s jury includes: Ann Marie Aguilar, Associate Director at Arup Associates; James Greaves, Partner at Hopkins Architects; Dmitri Jajich, Associate Director at Skidmore Owings & Merrill; and Mikko Viljakainen, Director of Puuinfo.

For further information about the WAN awards and details on how to join the competition, click here.

New £100m biomass terminal announced for the port of Liverpool

Graham Construction will build a new £100m biomass terminal in the Port of Liverpool.

The facility will process up to 3m tonnes of wood pellets a year, shipped from North America to Liverpool, to be used as biomass fuel in the newly-decarbonised Drax power station in North Yorkshire. 

The new terminal is expected to generate 300 jobs in construction and across the supply chain, becoming fully operational in July 2016. 

“This project builds on the experience we have gained from building similar facilities on the east coast of England", said Leo Martin, executive director at Graham. “We will be designing and building a state of the art plant which will employ industry-leading technologies to ensure that the facility can be safely operated and maintained”, he added.

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Trees absorb and store billions of tonnes of carbon every day and all the products derived from wood - such as walls, windows, floors, doors, paper, desks and many more - keep on storing carbon throughout their lifetime. Studies show that more emissions are captured and stored in timber products than are emitted during harvesting, processing, manufacturing and transportation combined. For every metre cube of timber used across the supply chain, roughly one tonne of carbon is stored. That makes timber the only truly sustainable construction material. To have an idea, if we built 200,000 new houses in timber, we would store around 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year!

New timber industry joins Napier University scholarship network

MiTek Industries Ltd, firm specialised in the development of software solutions for structural timber engineering, has joined Edinburgh Napier University scholarship programme.

The firm, based in Dudley, joins 11 other timber industry organisations which have pledged to continue their backing for the scheme linked to Edinburgh Napier University’s MSc courses in Timber Engineering.

The scholarship scheme was set up to address the UK’s lack of knowledge, potential and expertise in timber-related matters for civil and structural engineers and is gathering momentum as demand grows within the construction industry for specialist engineers who understand the ‘Timber Proposition’ well.

Launched two years ago, it offers prospective students £3,750 towards course costs and, in some cases, a one-off payment to help cover living costs.

PEFC UK launches new online certification tool for small woodland owners

PEFC UK has launched a new certification system designed to enable small and medium-sized woodland owners to participate in forest certification.

The new tool aims to provide a simple and cost-effective solution to assist the UK’s small and medium-sized private forest owners to become PEFC-certified. It will also help to increase the UK’s certified forest area and boost the supply of certified material to the UK primary processing sector and its customers.

The online system, developed in conjunction with Dutch consultant Evan Buytendijk BV, was announced at a special Press Lunch in central London. The event gathered major figures from PEFC International, including PEFC Chair, William Street, PEFC Secretary General Ben Gunneberg alongside Peter Latham, PEFC Director and Chairman of James Latham PLC, to discuss key issues about global forestry, construction, sustainability, paper and packaging industries.