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In-situ assessment is non-destructive

Restorative Powers

Dr John Williams, senior technical consultant with TRADA Technology, looks at how timber heritage structures can be repaired and restored

Published:  07 December, 2007

The Savill Building gridshell

Code of Honour

TRADA Technology Ltd consultant engineer Arnold Page, looks at Eurocode 5, the new rulebook for designing in timber

Published:  07 December, 2007

A modest terraced house in Hannover. The PassivHaus principles cover both new and upgraded buildings and residential, educational and commercial buildings

Passive action

UK housebuilders could learn from the German/Austrian PassivHaus standard, says TRADA codes and regulations consultant Rupert Scott

Published:  07 December, 2007

Engineered vertical louvres installed at King’s College in London

Strength in depth

Timbmet has developed a range of engineered components for joinery. David Pittman reports

Published:  07 December, 2007

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

CPET rates SFI-certified timber as “legal and sustainable”

Transforming the landscape

In the third of a series on the various sustainable timber certification schemes, Rupert Oliver of Forest Industries Intelligence examines the Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Published:  07 December, 2007

Panels being craned into position

Supersonic Sussex Build

OSM Homes has supplied its first German-made timber houses to a small development in Lewes. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  11 November, 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

The core of the building is inspired by the form of a boat

Palliative partnership

The new Palliative Care Centre at James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk will draw on the local boat-building tradition. Will Anderson reports

Published:  11 November, 2007

The site of Hanson Hall was formerly occupied by a Ministry of Defence munitions shed

Across the ages

An ambitious project in Cheshire sees timber frame bridging the gap between the 17th and 21st centuries. Sally Spencer reports

Published:  05 November, 2007

The design by Glasgow-based SMC Davis Duncan Architects is a tour-de-force of timber construction

Sporting performance

Timber is used inside and out for Craigholme School’s new sports pavilion. Architect Peter Wilson, director of business development at Napier University’s Centre for Timber Engineering, reports

Published:  05 November, 2007

The nine-storey building features a honeycomb structure

New heights

Cross-laminated panels are being used in a nine-storey residential building in Hackney, which, when completed will be the tallest in the world. David Castle reports

Published:  05 November, 2007

The oak frame takes shape

Back to nature

The third phase of the Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswolds features oak-frame houses. David Castle reports

Published:  01 November, 2007

Architect Steven Willis and Tommy Walsh on the roof of the eco house

The eco-house that Tommy built

Timber frame and masonry marry up in a new TV series on how to build an eco-home. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  30 October, 2007

The prototype building was unveiled at BRE's OFFSITE 2007 exhibition and conference in June

Shine on self-build

A self-build package with cutting-edge green credentials that looks good, too! David Castle reports on the award-winning Lighthouse net-zero carbon home that closes the lid on soul-less boxes

Published:  30 October, 2007