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The west elevation of the pool, clad in English oak boards

A forest lake in Formby

Natural inspiration helped a Lancashire swimming pool net Gold in the 2007 Wood Awards. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  22 February, 2008

Free space and the 'wow' factor at Sandroyd School

Arts and craft

The bold lines of a new school performing art centre are based on a blend of traditional oak beam construction with a hi-tech, bespoke jointing system. Keith Fryer reports

Published:  22 February, 2008

The houses are finished in a combination of renderboard and Cornish chestnut slats

A house for all species

Sustainability is the watchword in a Brixton social housing development, to the point that it even incorporates habitats for bats and insects. Will Anderson 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

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

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

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

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

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

CIB in the Congo has achieved FSC certification

Turning up the heat in the tropics

Certification is developing slowly in the tropics, but it is not the only means of ensuring sustainable and legal supply. Rupert Oliver of Forest Industries Intelligence reports

Published:  22 February, 2008

American white oak is one of the most sought after woods for joinery and furniture

The white stuff

American white oak has been used in high-profile architecture around the world. Michael Buckley of World Hardwoods reports

Published:  22 February, 2008

Open panel systems are more reliant on site skills

Writing on the wall for open panel?

The Code for Sustainable Homes is billed as good news for timber building, but Chris Gaze, associate director at the BRE, contends it may not be so good for a certain type of timber frame

Published:  23 February, 2008

This house in Belgium has used oak flooring in the lounge

Warm to the touch

TRADA flooring expert Peter Kaczmar discusses the advantages of wooden flooring over underfloor heating

Published:  23 February, 2008

Work on the ship has been challenging but rewarding

Conservation under sail

A project to conserve the world’s last surviving tea clipper has had some interesting twists. Andy Pitman, manager of the Site-based Services Group at TRADA Technology reports

Published:  23 February, 2008

There are companies specialising in the repair of historic windows

Surviving the test of time

With proper repair and maintenance historic wood windows can have a long life. TRADA consultant architect Patrick Hislop RIBA explains

Published:  23 February, 2008

HSE inspectors will use the UKTFA's Health and Safety Code of Practice when visiting timber frame sites

Safety first

Jim Johnstone, chairman of the Health and Safety Committee at the UK Timber Frame Association, puts the spotlight on saving lives and livelihoods in 2008

Published:  23 February, 2008