The news was coming thick and fast on the BSW stand.

Besides latest developments in its work bringing Accoya modified timber to the UK market and the growth of its BSW Alouette timber-based construction operation, the company was also highlighting a new online introduction-to-timber education initiative.

Vetted by the IWSc and approved by the Builders Merchants Federation, the web-based interactive course comprises six hours’ work broken up into 15 modules.

“We see this as a key aspect of market development; the more knowledgeable customers are about the product, the more confidence and assurance they can give their customers,” said marketing manager Bryan Crennell.

At the end of the course, he added, participants are given a fail, pass or pass with credit.

BSW also pointed visitors to the services of FrameSolve, the timber frame and modern methods of construction consultancy which has worked with BSW Alouette on various projects.

“We now own 51% of the company,” said Mr Crennell. “It’s again about our commitment to educating the market and helping the construction sector cope with change, with Framesolve offering a one-stop shop for advice on everything from fire safety to zero carbon building.”