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The UKTFA has launched several initiatives to protect building sites from arson and accidental fire

Seeing through the media smoke

The UK Timber Frame Association is addressing site safety concerns in the wake of recent fires on timber frame building sites. Chairman Geoff Arnold explains

Published:  03 November, 2010

Figure 1: estimated percentage of GHG emissions for different stages in the construction life cycle

Carbon counting

TRADA Technology research officer Miles Brown argues that timber can play a significant role in helping the government reach its energy targets

Published:  03 November, 2010

The timescale of weathering can be somewhat unpredictable

Surface treatment

TRADA Technology’s senior technical consultant and surface defacement specialist Peter Kaczmar discusses the interim results of a TRADA research project into the causes of discolouration of external cladding

Published:  03 November, 2010

Matteo Thun's red oak beacons in Milan

Best footprint forward

Assessment of American oak’s carbon footprint will prove an invaluable specification and marketing tool, writes American Hardwood Export Council European director David Venables

Published:  03 November, 2010

Osmose's Micronised treated timber decking

Fresh look at treatments

Timber treatment companies are injecting new interest into the outdoor timber market by developing technology that gives wood a “clear more natural finish”. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  03 November, 2010

A Wolmanit Firestop treatment plant

Tempered in the fire

Fire retardants are becoming increasingly tailored to perform specific functions in different areas of construction. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  03 November, 2010
Tackling a hot topic

Greater use of wood in construction and new regulation are making a fire retardant specification the issue of the day. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  03 November, 2010

The bird hide was designed by HaysomWardMiller Architects and built by ModularUK

Off-site is on song

Steve Wightman, managing director of ModularUK, explains how combining the use of timber with an off-site construction approach helped keep the birds happy at Rainham Marshes

Published:  03 November, 2010

The curved roof, which features traditional 'fanyu' structural elements, maximises the efficiency of the PV panels

Putting building out to grass

An ultra renewable material could provide a global construction solution, says Professor Hongwei Tan of China’s Tongji University

Published:  03 November, 2010

The shingle-clad music room sits at the front of the house, set against the glass rainscreen on the main facade

Resounding winner

It’s green, lean and a great place for tickling the ivories. A prize-winning private house in Cambridge puts in an all round performance. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  03 November, 2010

The award winning concept has created a lot of interest

Desirable dwellings

An architect's vision of low-cost contemporary small timber homes has already resulted in a handful of awards; now he's looking to see the concept translate into reality. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  03 November, 2010

Fiscavaig on the Isle of Skye

Timber steals the Saltire show

A timber housing project on the Isle of Skye was the outright winner at the Saltire Trust Housing Awards. Peter Wilson, architect and director of the Wood Studio at Edinburgh Napier University’s Forest Products Research Institute, reports

Published:  02 November, 2010