Timber Trades Journal Online


Experts address acoustics and wellbeing in modern buildings
25 February, 2020 The masterclass hosted by Quiet Mark focused on the effects of noise on health – and its impact on construction – took place at London’s Business Design Centre featuring a series of TED-style talks given by experts.
  • Louise Polston to chair BMF London & South East Region
    Louise Polston, commercial director of Alsford Timber, is to chair the BMF's London & South East Region. Louise, who will be formally elected to the role at the Region’s next meeting in June, is the first woman to hold this position.
  • Södra builds biomethanol plant to utilise forest biomass
    Södra has built the world’s first plant for commercial biomethanol, a sustainable fuel from forest biomass, at Södra’s pulp mill in Mönsterås, Sweden. The first delivery will go to Emmelev to use in its biodiesel production.


Roofing show hits new heights
25 February, 2020 The biennial Dach+Holz International exhibition was bigger and better than ever, say the organisers. Sally Spencer reports
  • View from the top
    TTJ spoke to Marley quality manager for JB Red, Jenni Forest and SR Timber trading director Shaun Revill about the current market for roof battens
  • Career highlight
    DTE’s new managing director Luke Roberts talks to Sally Spencer about his career to date and his ambitions for the roof truss specialist
  • The TRA in 2020
    After three years of political wrangling could 2020 be the year when Brexit is knocked off centre stage and other important issues such as housing and the climate crisis can be tackled? Nick Boulton, chief executive of the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) shares his thoughts
  • New year, new price trend
    Mild winter weather in the Baltics has impacted harvesting rates, with talk of shortages to come. Against this background, importers and sawmillers are now expecting price rises following a year of price carnage for volume structural softwood. Stephen Powney reports


Sourcing central to grading standards
25 February, 2020 Source of timber origin is a key consideration in grading and machine and visual grading standards are being revised to take this more precisely into account. Dan Ridley-Ellis head of the Centre for Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University reports
  • Seeing the wood from the trees
    With the increasing focus on construction products and building regulations it will be those manufacturers who provide strong performance and certification information who will benefit says Lee Jones, head of manufacturer services, NBS
  • Catching the green deal wave
    European woodworking industries must work together to support and capitalise on development of a new low environmental impact economic model, says Patrizio Antonicoli, secretary-general of the European Woodworking Industries Confederation – CEI Bois