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Timber Building Spring 08
Published:  18 May, 2009

The UKTFA stand at this year's Ecobuild

The UKTFA now has 270 members

An industry on the move

Timber industry organisations are changing and maturing to the benefit of builders, says Liz Male, communications adviser to the UKTFA

Published:  08 August, 2008

Unfinished wood can suffer iron staining from pollutants such as brake dust and exhausts in close proximity

Wood Awards 2007 Gold Winner Formby Pool is an excellent example of unfinished cladding

A coat of many colours

TRADA consultant architect Patrick Hislop RIBA discusses the pros and cons of applying a finish to wood cladding or leaving the wood to weather naturally

Published:  08 August, 2008

Doors in older properties are almost exclusively timber but none will have been designed as a fire door when installed

A fire in a heritage building can mean irretrievable loss

Preserving our heritage

Peter Barker, head of consultancy at TRADA sister company Chiltern International Fire, discusses the particular fire safety issues posed by heritage buildings

Published:  08 August, 2008

Normal MDF creates 'flashover' in less than seven minutes

Biljmer Arena is the first Dutch railway station to use timber in the roof

The burning question

The timber industry has taken important steps to develop fire protection systems. David Pittman reports

Published:  08 August, 2008

Renzo Piano used American cherry throughout the Rome Auditorium

American cherry has a fine, uniform straight grain

The charm of cherry

The rich tones of American cherry give warmth to interior finishes. David Venables, director, American Hardwood Export Council, Europe, Middle East and India, reports

Published:  08 August, 2008

After 15 years of effort, just 11% of the world's forests are certified as sustainable

Certified tropical hardwoods remain scarce

How risky is your timber?

The difficulties of achieving forest certification in certain regions and growing pressure on importers to eradicate illegal wood are making risk assessment of suppliers an increasingly important tool in timber procurement – and it may become a legal obligation in the EU. Rupert Oliver of Forest Industries Intelligence reports

Published:  08 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

Carpenter Oak built the oak frame structure

A corridor looking into one of the rooms

Mitred oak

A traditional oak frame structure with a modern twist has given  Wells Cathedral room to breathe. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  01 April, 2008

The glulam beams ready for lifting into place

The internal structure was designed to make the most of natural light

Flight of the carpenter

Finnforest Merk had to over-come numerous challenges to complete the timber-centric redevelopment of Pier 2E at Charles de Gaulle airport. David Pittman reports

Published:  01 April, 2008

The multi-directional curves of the glulam frames at Wickersley School posed a technical challenge

Hopkins' Norwich Cathedral Refectory

Timber multi-tasker

A list of the types of building that contractor Constructional Timber doesn’t handle would be a short one. Mike Jeffree reports on a master of many trades

Published:  01 April, 2008

OSB provides the centre's curved components

Scottish-grown European larch was used for the cladding

Living history

Culloden finally has a visitor centre worthy of the momentous events there 262 years ago, writes Peter Wilson, architect and director of business development at the Centre for Timber Engineering

Published:  01 April, 2008