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Matteo Thun's red oak beacons in Milan

Best footprint forward

Assessment of American oak’s carbon footprint will prove an invaluable specification and marketing tool, writes American Hardwood Export Council European director David Venables

Published:  03 November, 2010

Osmose's Micronised treated timber decking

Fresh look at treatments

Timber treatment companies are injecting new interest into the outdoor timber market by developing technology that gives wood a “clear more natural finish”. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  03 November, 2010

A Wolmanit Firestop treatment plant

Tempered in the fire

Fire retardants are becoming increasingly tailored to perform specific functions in different areas of construction. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  03 November, 2010
Tackling a hot topic

Greater use of wood in construction and new regulation are making a fire retardant specification the issue of the day. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  03 November, 2010

Hunter can transport 12 modules a day to site

Off-site on target

A Kent company’s timber frame modules are the ultimate in off-site manufacturing. Keren Fallwell reports

Published:  09 July, 2010

LVL, such as STEICOultralam, can be machined using traditional tools

LVL steals a march

LV L is used in a wide variety of applications. David Castle reports

Published:  24 March, 2010

Wolf Systems’ easi-joists are being used as open web studs in timber frame panels to accommodate increased levels of insulation

On their metal

Metal web joists' versatility makes them popular. David Castle reports

Published:  24 March, 2010

Finnforest says technical advances are delivering benefits to builders

Engineering works

There is growing demand for I-joists. David Castle reports

Published:  24 March, 2010

A CGI of the completed scheme at Dunoon

Gokay Deveci’s house in Aberdeenshire under construction

Actively passive

RTC Timber Systems has developed its own high performance system and the result is Scotland’s first Passivehaus. Peter Wilson, architect and director of business development for the Centre for Timber Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University, reports

Published:  22 March, 2010

A cut-away of the ModCell structure, showing the timber frame and packed straw.

Timber shows sustainability street smarts

Timber had a high profile at Interbuild’s ‘sustainbility street’, the section of the show dedicated to  offsite and other modern methods of eco-friendly construction.  In fact it accounted for the structure of most of the cutting edge buildings.

Published:  20 November, 2009

Winner: Gold Award/Commercial & Public Access Kings Place Concert Hall, London Architect: Dixon Jones Ltd Joinery: Swift Horsman Ltd Species: European oak

Kings takes the crown

Kings Place Concert Hall scooped Gold in this year’s Wood Awards

Published:  22 October, 2009

Visitors to the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show

2009: the year of self-build?

While much of the construction industry has had little cheer in recent months, self-builders are toasting the best market conditions for years and possibly decades. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  29 June, 2009
White gold

White Design has blazed a trail in modern, timber-based eco-construction and founder Craig White is now a leading advocate for the use of wood in 2012 Olympics developments. David Castle reports

Published:  01 December, 2008
North south divide

Scotland has proved fertile ground for timber frame construction. Mike Jeffree reports on why

Published:  01 December, 2008
A study in timber

Provian Construction has been working hard over the long summer vac to provide a home-away-from-home for students at the University of Greenwich. Sally Spencer reports

Published:  01 December, 2008

Best Use of British Timber: New North Gallery, Bloomsbury

Conservation & restoration

Ageless appeal

This year's Wood Awards illustrate timber's perennial appeal whether it's for bespoke pieces of furniture or vast structures of public buildings

Published:  26 September, 2008

Kingspan reported 33% year-on-year growth in its offsite division last year

Offsite on message

Offsite manufacturing is set to grow, and that's good news for timber. Keren Fallwell reports

Published:  22 August, 2008

Components are individually marked

Shade and light

Robin Dodyk of Oregon Timber Frame found an intriguing mix of traditional and modern wood building techniques on a fact finding tour of Japanese construction. Anne McDonald reports

Published:  22 August, 2008

“Normal” looking Super E homes built for Downlands Housing Association

Super E aims higher

Five hundred Super E homes have been completed in the UK, but now the programme is aiming still higher with its EQuilibrium housing concept. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  22 August, 2008

Baldy's Garden uses locally-grown coppiced sweet chestnut

FCB Studios' Century Court is clad with FSC-certified red louro

Exit eco-bling

Architects' definitions of sustainable construction and their take on where timber fits into the picture are the subject of a new book from TRADA. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  08 August, 2008

The much-admired Savill Garden Gridshell

The Gridshell uses locally-sourced larch

Awards for inspiration

Architect Giles Downes’ role as a judge of the Wood Awards has deepened his enthusiasm for building with timber. David Castle reports

Published:  01 April, 2008

SIPS comprise two layers of OSB filled with rigid urethane insulation

Kingspan's Lighthouse

Paradigm shift

SIPs are gaining a reputation for providing the much sought after low energy consumption. David Castle reports

Published:  01 April, 2008

The five-bedroom house was watertight in just 13 days

The SIPs arrive on site cut to size

The first SIP

After trying SIPs for the first time on a house in Yorkshire, the designer and developer are converts. Keren Fallwell reports

Published:  01 April, 2008

Hemlock Construction and Eleco Timber Frame collaborated on the Gallery in Manchester

Eleco says its timber frame system reduces build time and costs and improves site logistics

Blue-sky thinking

According to Eleco Timber Frame, high density timber frame developments are setting their sights increasingly high. David Castle reports

Published:  01 April, 2008

Organisers are expecting 20,000 visitors

Eco expansion

Ecobuild is to double in size, with zero carbon developments a key topic for the construction masses. David Pittman reports

Published:  23 February, 2008

Steico Canaflex boasts high thermal and acoustic properties

Warm mongers

Timber construction is renowned for its energy performance, but it makes special demands of insulation products. David Castle reports

Published:  23 February, 2008

More than 250 candidates are registered on the UKTFA's erector training and qualification programme

Teaching timber

There are several courses available to help architects, engineers and building professionals improve their knowledge of timber frame construction

Published:  23 February, 2008

The Fernieside extension transforms a 1950s semi

Adding value

Timber is proving to be an ideal material for both small- and large-scale extensions to buildings. Architect Peter Wilson, director of business development at Napier University’s Centre for Timber Engineering, reports

Published:  22 February, 2008

Conservation work begins

Baby, it really is cold outside

On opposite sides of Antarctica and at opposite ends of a century, two buildings highlight the special properties of wood in construction. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  22 February, 2008

Panels being craned in

Magnum force

An off-site construction business based on “massive” OSB panels is taking shape on a truly grand scale in Manchester. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  22 February, 2008

Tulipwood was the material of choice for a community centre at St Paul’s, where a blonde hardwood was required

Blossoming Tulipwood

The main applications for tulipwood are furniture and interior joinery, but research into its structural potential shows it has the strength of a hardwood but the weight of a softwood. Michael Buckley of World Hardwoods reports

Published:  07 December, 2007

Flooring specialist Foresbec exhibited last year


The UK’s leading construction products exhibition will now become an annual event. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  11 November, 2007

Windtight, watertight and insulated roof on both plots ready for tiling in one day

A day's work

A new prefabricated roof system can be erected in a day, taking weeks off the build programme. Keren Fallwell reports

Published:  11 November, 2007

Hemp is harvested after 14 weeks

Grass roots construction

A special blend of hemp and lime is becoming an increasingly widely accepted eco-alternative to concrete – and especially popular used in conjunction with wood-based construction. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  01 August, 2007

Datum already has £2.5m worth of orders for the next two quarters

Lean and green

When Simon and Sandy Bliss set up timber frame company Datum, they decided to break the manufacturing mould. Keren Fallwell reports

Published:  29 July, 2007

Cladding is proving increasingly popular among architects and building designers

Outer Beauty

Timber cladding is enjoying a boom in fortunes as architects and specifiers recognise its flexibility, durability and aesthetics. David Castle finds out more

Published:  23 July, 2007

The Scottish Public Pensions Agency in Galashiels, by RMJM Architects

It's not unusual

Architect Peter Wilson, director of business development at the Centre for Timber Engineering at Napier University, has been commissioned by the Forestry Commission Scotland to write a book, New Timber Architecture in Scotland. Here he provides a preview of the book, which documents around 70 of the best projects built over the past 10 years

Published:  23 July, 2007

OSM's design for a show home at Stoke-on-Trent College

House to haus

German timber house manufacturers are beginning to make their presence felt in the UK. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  15 July, 2007

Being timber, KLH panels also score ahead of concrete and steel in terms of sustainability

Concrete evidence

KLH UK’s cross-laminated timber can do anything concrete can – and often do it better. Keren Fallwell reports

Published:  21 May, 2007

The National Self Build & Renovation Centre was established by BuildStore

One-stop self-build shop

The burgeoning UK self-build market now has its own 'superstore' – and timber construction forms one of the central features. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  06 April, 2007

Creative timber technology was the theme for the Timber in Architecture conference

Advanced ideas

The recent Timber in Architecture conference attracted around 70 architects. One of the speakers, Michael Buckley of World Hardwoods, reports

Published:  06 April, 2007

A room in the roof provides extra floor space without adding to the footprint of the house

Raising the roof

As housing densities and the cost of land rise, using the roof space as living space is a growing trend. Keren Fallwell reports

Published:  06 April, 2007
Fashion floorshow

Timber flooring has enduring popularity, not least because it can adapt to changing trends. David Castle looks at what's in vogue

Published:  12 December, 2006

Reclaimed oak and pine boards are ideal for restoration projects LASSCO

Fashion floorshow

Timber flooring has enduring popularity, not least because it can adapt to changing trends. David Castle looks at what's in vogue

Published:  11 December, 2006

Platz Haus expects the Komfort design to be popular in Britain

Hybrid homes

Platz Haus is bringing its prefabricated houses, blending post and beam and closed panels, to the UK. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  11 December, 2006

MiTek’s Posi-Joist system

Joist Choice

Engineered flooring systems are proving their worth in property developments where speed, reliability, strength and flexibility are all important factors. David Castle reports

Published:  10 December, 2006

Overall winner was Edward River House a country home in Deniliquin

Winners of Oz

Australia's Timber Design Awards featured a host of projects using wood. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  10 December, 2006

Prien Swimming Pool in Bavaria has a low mass to overcome problems with foundation conditions

Olympic challenge

The 2012 London Olympics are an opportunity for timber to show off its aesthetic and sustainability credentials. Charles Trevor of wood for good reports

Published:  10 December, 2006

The windows in the bridge between the new studio and Scroope Terrace have been placed deliberately high to emphasise the transition between building styles

A study in green

Forget The Backs and King’s College chapel, Cambridge University architecture students will soon have a showpiece of sustainable construction for inspiration. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  23 October, 2006

Automated technology produces the components and then the frames are put together on an assembly line

Production line precision

Germany's timber frame home manufacturers have the UK in their sights. Stephen Powney reports from WeberHaus in the Black Forest

Published:  22 October, 2006

Trinity Park Conference Centre, Ipswich. Entered by van Heyningen and Haward Architects.Featuring larch, European redwood, white wood and French oak

The bold and the beautiful

This year's Wood Awards provides a tremendous showcase for the use of timber in UK building

Published:  19 October, 2006

The roof lantern is designed to work like a south-facing conservatory

Life begins at 60K

Kingspan Century is the most successful timber construction system supplier in the government's Design for Manufacture competition. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  17 October, 2006

The Robin House's distinctive ‘ribbon’ roof

Built-in health benefits

Three patient-focused healthcare centres in Scotland use timber to help create a feel-good factor. Peter Wilson, architect and director of business development at Napier University's Centre for Timber Engineering, reports

Published:  12 October, 2006

The ecoTECH house range covers a wide variety of styles and formats

Prefabrication goes push button

New company ecoTECH is on the brink of bringing hi-tech Swedish timber housing to the UK. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  10 October, 2006

Frame raising day in Hampshire

In harmony in Hampshire

A timber frame home incorporating old and new build methods is taking shape in Hampshire. Sally Spencer paid the Forest Energy House a visit

Published:  10 October, 2006

The EcoHomes standard awards credits for responsible sourcing, such as this FSC-certified timber


BREEAM and the new Ecohomes standard is becoming an integral part of construction. Rupert Oliver reports

Published:  20 July, 2006

Ruth Slavid, editor of AJ Specification and AJ Online, talks to Richard Harris of Buro Happold (centre) and Gordon Cowley of Timber Engineering Connections

Conference call

Almost 100 architects gathered to hear timber experts speak on the merits of building in timber. Michael Buckley reports

Published:  20 July, 2006

Brian Mackay-Lyons’ designs are quintessentially modern, yet have their roots in the cultural landscape

Using the vernacular

Peter Wilson, architect and director of business development at the Centre for Timber Engineering at Napier University, explores the architecture of Brian Mackay-Lyons

Published:  20 July, 2006

Weald & Downland’s five-day Timber Framing from Scratch course introduces students to traditional oak framing, tools and techniques

Going back to the future

Students on the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum Timber Framing from Scratch course travel back in time to learn techniques that still hold true today. Rosemary Urquhart reports

Published:  20 July, 2006

The two town houses at Carmarthen Place, featuring untreated larch cladding

Slovenia SE1

Solid timber panels are one of the latest forms of timber construction to hit the UK. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  20 July, 2006

Stewart Milne has built a lot of apartment blocks in recent years; the aim now is to gain market share in the low-rise housing market

Changing the landscape

Scottish timber frame manufacturer, the Stewart Milne Group, has ambitious plans to get the edge over brick and block construction in England. Will Anderson reports

Published:  20 July, 2006

Lloyds Timber Frame produces a wide range of timber frame housing styles

In the zone

It’s a sign of the sustainable times in UK construction that a specific “Timber Zone” makes its first appearance at the Interbuild exhibition in the NEC this year

Published:  13 April, 2006

One of Hartwood’s garage buildings

Do it ourselves

Makita claims its power tools make life easier for increasingly busy oak framed building producers. So our man Stephen Powney went to try them out at Hartwood Oak

Published:  13 April, 2006

CTE’s research aims to take account of industry needs

Sprucing up UK timber

The Centre for Timber Engineering is dedicated to helping the UK wood industry make the most of its opportunities in construction.  Sally Spencer reports

Published:  13 April, 2006

The Woodland Enterprise Centre is a prime example of the possibilities of building with locally-sourced timber

Wood from the hood

Using locally-sourced material excited the passions of building professionals gathered for a seminar in a Sussex wood. David Castle was there

Published:  13 April, 2006