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Timber frame has adapted easily to changes in acoustic requirements

Avoiding site frights

TRADA frameCHECK consultant Robin Lancashire discusses common problems that occur on site and how to avoid them

Published:  13 April, 2006

Timber elements should only be exposed, treated or replaced if there is good reason

Coming of age

Timbers in old, derelict buildings do not necessarily need to be replaced. TRADA Technology consultant Dr John Williams explains how to assess old timbers in situ and how best to preserve them

Published:  13 April, 2006

Kingspan TEK is supplying 550 units for the Lovell Partnership in Beswick, Manchester

Many a SIP

SIPs are being heralded as the next generation of timber building systems, principally because of their thermal performance. Stephen Powney reports on this emerging technology

Published:  13 April, 2006

Producers of softwood lumber, OSB and MDF in the UK, Ireland, Sweden and Finland offer UK distributors FSC- or PEFC-certified product without a price premium

Sourcing certified forest products

Independently-certified wood products are increasingly in demand in the UK, notably for government construction projects, but sourcing them isn’t always straightforward. Rupert Oliver of Forest Industries Intelligence reports

Published:  13 April, 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

JJ Smith’s open day attracted 110 visitors – a reflection of growing demand for timber frame

Tuning in to technology

Timber frame companies are tooling up to keep pace with demand, as Mike Jeffree discovered at a machine supplier’s open day

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

Willersley Farm House – timber clad barn style newbuild on the site of an existing farm

Gearing up for growth

Taylor Lane has seen the future in timber frame – and it’s automated hi-tech. Martin Pearce reports

Published:  13 April, 2006

The frame is Douglas fir, used in its green form to take advantage of the pegged joints tightening as the timbers dry

Time to go home-grown

Peter Wilson, architect and director of business development at the Centre for Timber Engineering at Napier University, reports on the new headquarters for the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club

Published:  13 April, 2006

Lime render is used on some of the exteriors

Crowd puller

Timber is at the heart of an eco-housing project in Shropshire – and what’s more, it is sourced locally. Keren Fallwell reports

Published:  13 April, 2006

The Core’s glulam frame has two planes that create an arching double spiral. The geometry was based on the Fibonacci sequence

Sticking to core principles

What do you get when glulam beams meet the Fibonacci sequence? Mick Whitworth visited the Eden Project to find out

Published:  13 April, 2006

The Wood Awards judges were impressed with the inventive use of timber throughout the building and the way old and new material was juxtaposed

The heart of the matter

Simon Conder’s conversion of a Northamptonshire barn has won him accolades and Wood Awards Gold. Keren Fallwell reports

Published:  13 April, 2006

Glulam provides the frame for the environmentally- sustainable building

Natural history lesson

A new building in north-east London blends cutting edge, sustainable construction
and design that visually contrasts, but philosophically complements its historic surroundings. Will Anderson reports


Published:  13 April, 2006

Timber frame cassettes will be used for the Bromford Housing Group development

Different shades of green

A multiple occupancy housing and apartment development in Wolverhampton is all about sustainability made simple. Mike Jeffree and Jay Merrick report

Published:  13 April, 2006

The SmartLIFE Centre incorporates lecture rooms, offices and a visitor centre

Startlingly smart

The SmartLIFE Centre in Cambridge will be an inspiration for modern methods of construction generally and timber building in particular. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  13 April, 2006
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