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Reference to test evidence is essential when any alteration/addition to a fire doorset is suggested

Burning issues

The TRADA Helpline often deals with questions about fire doors. Andrew Forecast and Peter Barker respond to specifiers' Frequently Asked Questions about timber-based fire doorsets

Published:  23 October, 2006

Around two million windows are installed in the UK every year

Window on energy

The British Fenestration Rating Council has devised a simplified scheme to assess a window's energy rating. Andy Sumner, technical consultant at BM TRADA Certification, explains

Published:  23 October, 2006

Finnforest’s headquarters – located near Helsinki and the tallest wooden office structure in Europe – features 1,000m3 of ThermoWood sun-deflecting slats. It is also used in the building’s suspended ceilings

The change gang

Modified wood – using heat or chemicals – can provide new guarantees for the material’s performance. David Castle reports

Published:  23 October, 2006

FSC-certified red louro was used to clad new student accommodation and teaching facilities at St Anne’s College, Oxford

Multiple choice

Mike Packer from Timbmet Silverman looks at some of the alternative and more unusual timber options available to specifiers, contractors and joinery companies today

Published:  23 October, 2006

Category B forest and timber certification criteria are condemned as easy options by environmental campaigners GREENPEACE

Getting on the B list

Rupert Oliver of Forest Industries Intelligence considers the implications of CPET's rating system for timber outside certification schemes

Published:  23 October, 2006

Tree and house in their intimate embrace!

The satisfied self-builder

Will Anderson wrote about the first steps in the construction of his house in the first issue of Timber Building. Now, a year on, he describes his experience of working on and living in his ecologically ambitious self-built home

Published:  23 October, 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

One of Baufritz's timber homes

Baufritz expands with UK office

Baufritz boosts UK presence with new Cambridge office

Published:  22 October, 2006

SFI-certified I-joists from Weyerhaeuser

SFI-certified product growth provides choice

SFI's annual report reveals that more than 90% of the wood fibre used by participants has been delivered by professional loggers

Published:  22 October, 2006

Cedar veneered MDF FR cladding on the Pebbles Bar

MDF gives shape to science centre

Medite FR cedar veneered slats form interior cladding on the Wellcome Trust's Pebbles Bar

Published:  22 October, 2006

The AHEC guide illustrates the use of US hardwood in flagship buildings

An essential source of reference

The 100% Detail exhibition from September 21-24 has been chosen as the launch pad for the second edition of the American Hardwood Export Council's (AHEC) Hardwood References which illustrates use of US hardwood in flagship buildings.

Published:  22 October, 2006

Professor Walker believes increased timber use could help tackle climate change

BRE and Bath set up new research centre

A new partnership between BRE and University of Bath hopes to boost timber's usage in the UK

Published:  22 October, 2006
Pinewood wins church project

Timber frame construction is helping the redevelopment of a London church provide environmental, acoustic and thermal insulation benefits

Published:  22 October, 2006

Communal stairs from JELD-WEN were installed at an apartment block in the north-east

JELD-WEN gets community minded

Communal stairs must meet standards in relation to the strength and weight bearing of the flight and the handrail or baluster

Published:  22 October, 2006
Canada makes UK comeback

The Canadian industry has proved itself responsive to UK market demand

Published:  22 October, 2006

SST's new Scottish base at Broxton

Simpson Strong-Tie relocates in Scotland

Simpson Strong-Tie's new Scottish base will help improve product distribution

Published:  22 October, 2006
Stewart Milne enjoys record profits

Tenth year in a row of profit growth for Stewart Milne Group

Published:  22 October, 2006

TJI joists were chosen ahead of steel and concrete for Wyder Honda's new showroom

Timber chosen ahead of rivals

Rising concerns about steel prices made timber the obvious choice for a new showroom

Published:  22 October, 2006
TRADA takes to the road

TRADA has taken its timber frame training course back on the road

Published:  22 October, 2006

The timber framed Ternery Hut in Norfolk was clad in untreated western red cedar

Read all about Norfolk’s new green buildings

A new CPRE project highlights renewable energy and energy-conscious building techniques

Published:  22 October, 2006
Supermarkets look at timber frame

Retailing giants Asda and Tesco are considering using timber for new stores

Published:  22 October, 2006
Irish could boost UK construction

Enterprise Ireland claims UK construction wastes more than £10m each year through inefficient services

Published:  22 October, 2006

Sikkens' Cetol range was used to maintain David Lloyd’s log cabin

Game, set and match for Sikkens

David Lloyd turned to Sikkens after deciding against the cost of importing the Canadian woodstain

Published:  22 October, 2006
Affordable housing in the forest

Sustainable timber and timber products are to be used in an affordable housing scheme in Scotland

Published:  22 October, 2006

Pinewood designed and manufactured roof turrets for the Victoria Green project

Pinewood turns out turret trusses

Pinewood has developed unusual prefab turrets for a north London residential development

Published:  22 October, 2006
UK leads the way in innovative design

The UK is leading the way in innovative timber design

Published:  22 October, 2006

Norbord is focusing on housing associations with its FSC-certified products WALKER TIMBER LTD

Norbord targets housing associations

Norbord believes housing associations want FSC-certified timber

Published:  22 October, 2006
Cedar shingles please planners

To meet strict planning rules, architects Lee Evans Partnership used western red cedar fire retardant shingles from John Brash & Co on the roof of a new £2m primary school in a conservation area at Lamberhurst, Kent.

Published:  22 October, 2006

DTE's SIRS system being installed at Persimmon's Irlam development

Persimmon trials SIRS roof system

Donaldson's SIRS was one of five roofing systems tested by national housebuilder Persimmon

Published:  22 October, 2006
Graphisoft donates 3D software

Graphisoft wins praise over software donation

Published:  22 October, 2006

The Poustinia cabins have won awards

Poustinia win architectural awards

Bates Maher has scooped a top award for its 'poustinia' cabins

Published:  22 October, 2006
WAVE building is topped out

The WAVE system will allow residents to benefit from low running costs

Published:  22 October, 2006

Patio: the prototype family house

Have flatpack, will travel

Architect claims 21st century will be the age of renewable timber

Published:  22 October, 2006
Trio meets big treatment challenge

Timber industry joins forces for glulam solution

Published:  22 October, 2006

From left: Barry O'Connor, managing director, McInerney Holdings plc; Ron Bowey, managing director, Bowey Homes Holdings; and Adrian Coleman, group acquisition director, McInerney Holdings plc

McInerney buys Bowey Homes

McInerney boosts North-east operation with Bowey Homes purchase

Published:  22 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

CGI of Aylesbury's new civic theatre

Civic pride

For visitors to Aylesbury's new civic theatre, the drama will begin before they even enter the building. Keren Fallwell reports

Published:  10 October, 2006

The planting around the house provides protection from the summer sun and the colder winter weather

A case study in cladding

Paul Newman, site-based services manager of TRADA Technology, examines The Old Woodyard – an innovative timber frame building with rainscreen cladding – for technical merit and staying power

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