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Editor’s pickSwedish Timber Prize 2016 winner puts children at the centre of design

23-03-2016

  The Råå Preschool in Helsingborg, Sweden bagged the 12th Swedish Timber Prize 2016, bringing home a Golden Horse trophy and prize money of SEK 100,000 (~US$12,000). The building was designed by Dorte Mandrup and Pernille Svendsen of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter for the City of Helsingborg. The contractor was Peab Sverige AB, …

MTCC: Green technology will enhance Malaysia’s sustainability efforts

23-03-2016

At the recent Green Melaka Exhibition themed, ‘Towards a Green & Resilient Urban Future’, the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) was among 20 other industry players to raise awareness for Malaysia’s green agenda. “Green technology spans a myriad of industries. What spearheads the green agenda is not just the …

NHLA holds 3-day grading course in Vietnam

22-03-2016

by Michael Buckley In a very busy month for American hardwoods in Vietnam, the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) conducted a three-day grading seminar in Ho Chi Minh City in March. The 3-day grading course was conducted at Tavico's premises in Dong Nai province, just outside Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam/ Photo Credit: Michael …

UN International Day of Forests 2016: Forests and water

22-03-2016

The United Nations celebrates International Day of Forests every March 21, focusing on the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests. This year’s celebration raises awareness of how forests are key to the planet’s supply of freshwater, which is essential for life. Forests cover one third of the Earth's land …

Two years later, what has the EUTR achieved?

22-03-2016

The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) still requires much improvement with regard to administration and enforcement before it can fully flex its muscle in preventing illegal timber from entering the EU. But it has achieved some results for the EU and international timber trade, according to an evaluation report submitted by the European Commission. The …

France’s first attempt with high-rise wood will be in Bordeaux

22-03-2016

France will have its first two wooden high-rise developed in the city centre of Bordeaux by 2020. 57m (18-storey) Hypérion will be a residential apartment that will house 82 units when complete. The project team consists Eiffage, specialist wood contractor Woodeum, Clairsienne and architect Jean-Paul Viguier & Associés. Work is …

Ghana welcomes foreign investors to its shores

21-03-2016

Ghana is encouraging foreign businesses to invest in its country, according to the African country’s mission to the United Nations, which recently organised an investment forum to mark Ghana’s 59 years of independence. Minister for Private Sector Development, Dr Abdul Rashid Pelpuo detailed the country’s wealth of natural …

Myanmar prepares for VPA negotiations

21-03-2016

There is positive sentiment for a policy shift towards forest conservation by the new NLD-led government, as the Myanmar Forest Certification Committee (MFCC) and the EU-FAO-FLEGT Programme conducted a Gap Assessment Workshop on Myanmar’s Timber Legality Assurance System. Secretary of the MFCC, Barber Cho, in addressing the workshop said …

Celebrating wood in Finnish architecture and culture

21-03-2016

An exhibition on Finland’s wood architecture that runs from now till the end of April at The Center for Architecture in New York highlights the role of wood in Finnish art and culture. The exhibition, Annual Rings: A New Generation of Wood Architecture in Finland, co-produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Aalto University …

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