Timber Trades Journal Online


Storage advice from TTF
03 April, 2020 Ensuring that timber is properly protected while stored for longer periods than anticipated is crucial to protect your investment. The TTF has issued relevant advice to merchants.
  • BMF backs CLC plan to save UK construction
    Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) co-signs Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister requesting support for the production and distribution of building materials to continue.


Wood, science and strength
27 February, 2020 EN 844 defines the features in both round and sawn timber and, depending on the effect each has on the parent material, these might be classified as character or defect, says John Park
  • Virtual reality training
    Jarkko Lalu, global software product manager at ABB Drives, discusses how virtual commissioning technology can safely train customers on using saw lines before they are installed and commissioned
  • In the pink
    Plantation hardwood is a relatively recent option for timber buyers, but its reputation is growing. Stephen Powney looks at Urufor’s Red Grandis branded timber produced in Uruguay
  • Future perfect
    This year’s Futurebuild will have a strong focus on the role building materials can play in the climate change debate
  • Clear vision
    Sarah Wild reports on the next generation of modified timber – augmented, transparent wood


United front urged to ensure safety regulations make sense
27 March, 2020 The industry must press government to ensure new rules on use of combustible materials in construction are proportionate and risk-based says Timber Decking and Cladding Association director of operations Janet Sycamore
  • Ban must not impact UK’s Timber Construction leadership
    In making the building sector more risk averse on use of wood, new regulation on use of combustible materials in and on external walls risks turning the industry off environmentally beneficial engineered timber-based construction, says Anthony Thistleton of architects Waugh Thistleton
  • A new challenge
    Just when we thought we had seen off the continuing uncertainty over Brexit and potential stalemate in UK politics, an unexpected challenge has raised its head. The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is starting to have an impact on the international trade of wood products.
  • Sourcing central to grading standards
    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