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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
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Ban must not impact UK’s Timber Construction leadership
Friday, March 27, 2020 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
Friday, March 27, 2020 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
Tuesday, February 25, 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
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 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
Climate change debate intensifies
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Climate change is ratcheting up the agenda and we’re hearing more talk about it from ordinary traders now.
New Year predictions
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 A new decade is here. Can you believe it is 20 years since the Millennium?
Catching the green deal wave
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 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
Clock is ticking for tropical forest sustainability
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 The Fair&Precious campaign commits business to support sustainable tropical timber sourcing and communicates the multiple benefits of sustainable forest management, says Benoît Jobbé-Duval, managing director of the International Tropical Timber Technical Association (ATIBT)
Different pathways - same destination
Thursday, December 19, 2019 The 2019 Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition saw varying views expressed on the route to tropical timber sustainability, but agreement on the importance of getting there, reports Nienke Sleurink, programme manager at Netherlandsbased IDH-The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Christmas cards – going out of fashion?
Thursday, December 19, 2019 This month we’re indulging a bit by using this December issue front cover as a giant Christmas card to all our readers in the UK and across the world.

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