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Barking building blaze raises questions over use of fire-retardants
12 June, 2019
A Barking apartment development which suffered a serious fire should have had its wooden balconies and cladding treated with industrial fire retardants, a statement by timber groups has said.
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Timber construction gains further political momentum in Germany
Thursday, May 16, 2019 Germany’s sawmill and timber industries have hailed a “groundbreaking decision” encouraging the greater promotion of wood as a building material in Germany.
Sonae Arauco launches 3D fibreboard
Thursday, May 16, 2019 International wood-based panels manufacturer Sonae Arauco has launched a 3D fibreboard to challenge bendable plywood products.
Uncertain times hold no fears for trussed rafter manufacturers
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 More than 70 directors and business leaders within the trussed rafter sector converged on Warrington for a high energy Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) AGM on May 2.
Södra to invest in second CLT plant
Thursday, May 09, 2019 Södra has decided to invest in an additional cross-laminated timber (CLT) facility at Värö, Sweden and aims to become a leader in CLT within the Nordic region.
Construction sector reports reveal optimism for second quarter
Tuesday, May 07, 2019 Latest surveys from the Construction Products Association (CPA) and Federation of Master Builders (FMB) reveal a broadly optimistic picture in the construction materials and building sector.
Minister opens new Scotframe office
Thursday, April 25, 2019 Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, Kevin Stewart MSP, has officially opened the new Dundee office of Scotframe Timber Engineering Ltd.
NYTimber supplies 4,000th panelised roof system
Thursday, April 25, 2019 NYTimber has supplied its 4,000th NYTRoof, following a series of contract wins from some of the UK’s largest housebuilders.
Homag and Hundegger strategic partnership for timber construction
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Leading German machine makers Homag and Hans Hundegger AG have formed a straetgic partnership for the worldwide marketing of integrated total solutions for timber house production.
MBM in supply partnership with Engineered Wood Solutions
Monday, March 18, 2019 MBM has formed a supply partnership with Engineered Wood Solutions (EWS) as part of MBM’s on-going commitment to expand its involvement with light and heavy engineered wood products and building systems.
Wood Awards call for entries
Monday, March 18, 2019 The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design has now launched its 2019 call for entries.
UK softwood market prospects to improve if Brexit deal struck
Monday, March 11, 2019 Surprisingly positive UK softwood forecasts were shared at the Timber Trade Federation’s (TTF) UK Softwood Conference last week.
Stewart Milne Timber Systems in MMC partnership with leading housing association
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Stewart Milne Timber Systems has entered into a partnership to deliver timber frame for more than 1,500 homes for L&Q, one of the UK’s leading housing associations.
Lord Deben: more timber construction and forestry planting needed to meet climate change targets
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 The UK Government will not meet its climate change targets without a significant increase in tree planting and far greater use of timber in construction.
ICC code changes to allow CLT construction up to 18 storeys
Friday, January 04, 2019 The International Code Council (ICC) has approved an entire package of 14 tall mass timber code change proposals which will see some CLT buildings allowed up to 18 storeys.
Administrators sell timber building firm to new owners
Wednesday, January 02, 2019 Administrators of Scottish timber building manufacturer Carbon Dynamic (Scotland) Ltd have managed to secure a sale of the company.
UK government CLT ban over 18m might open doors for alternative glulam systems
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Glulam post and beam construction may be a way for the timber construction sector to still have an option above six storeys following the government’s proposed ban on cross-laminated timber (CLT) above 18m.
Timber building manufacturer Carbon Dynamic in administration
Friday, December 07, 2018 Scottish timber building manufacturer CLDB Ltd – trading as Carbon Dynamic – has gone into administration.
Timber construction trend to continue despite building regs move
Monday, December 03, 2018 The move towards timber construction will not be thwarted by a change to building regulations aimed at banning use of combustible materials in new residential buildings over 18m, says the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI).
CLT pioneer says UK government “overreaches” brief on fire safety
Monday, December 03, 2018 One of the UK’s leading pioneers of cross-laminated timber construction (CLT) – Waugh Thistleton Architects –has expressed “disappointment” the government is proposing a ban on CLT in new residential buildings above 18m.

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