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Use of engineered timber in buildings has a positive impact on the environment: Study

17-10-2017

“South Africa was the first African country to develop a ‘green’ building rating system and today has a number of rated green building projects” according to authors of a new life-cycle study. The research, published in the South African Journal of Science, compares the environmental impact of different roof truss systems …

Ghana's wood exports fall 25% in 1H/2017

17-10-2017

Earnings for the first half of 2017 fell 25 per cent to EUR82.9 Mn and 21 per cent to 152,652 cbm of wood products compared to the same period last year. June exports totalled 35,700 cbm, down almost six per cent YoY. June primary product exports, comprising poles and billets, reached EUR 3.7 Mn and 12,462  cbm, representing eight per cent …

Editor’s pickBeauty in the wild

17-10-2017

A Georgian designer finds minimalism, form and inspiration from wild, feral nature. "If I have to connect two dots, I will always use the shortest path," says Georgian-born interior and architectural designer Tinatin Kilaberidze of her style. But a love for straight lines or sharp edges is not in conflict with a deep penchant for the organic, …

Editor’s pickReady, jet set, woah

17-10-2017

The vision was clear – to bring out the thrill of travel and exploration, and peace and harmony at the same time. To check all the boxes, the Bluehaus Group decided to give these feelings a physical form, colour and sound that will, once combined, evoke excitement, harmony and unity with nature. Such is the spirit behind Jetex’s …

U.S.: Tougher regulations for wood packaging material

17-10-2017

Authorities in the United States (U.S.) have issued tougher regulations on wood packaging material (WPM) used for imported cargo under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR § 319.40-3, and will introduce new, harsher penalties from the 1st of November, according to Breakbulks Magazine. The introduction of the new regulations is to …

Editor’s pickSustainable glulam arches befitting a recycling facility

16-10-2017
Leeds RERF, glulam, wood construction

The Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) in Leeds is designed to convert waste into energy. What is also befitting of this environmentally-friendly process is the fact that the building is in itself sustainable, characterised by large glulam arches. The main building stands at 42 metres high and 123 metres long and features a green wall …

Aurora Lumber acquired by Gillman Home Centre

16-10-2017

Gillman Home Centre, a full-service hardware and lumber dealer with nine outlets across Indiana and Ohio, United States (U.S.) has taken over Aurora Lumber, established than 150 years ago, according to LBM Journal. In a press release, Curtis Gillman, from Gillman Home Centre, said that the company “plans to build on the valued aspects of …

Editor’s pickThe ethical case for wood in construction

13-10-2017

“For mass timber to really make a difference it’s vital that architects and specifiers only work with manufacturers which engage in responsible, certified forestry practices." Here is the ethical case for working with CLT and we would like to demonstrate why wood is increasingly being called the building material of the 21st …

Final call for entries for the MTCC photography contest

13-10-2017

Submission of entries for the Malaysian Timber Certification Council’s (MTCC) inaugural photography contest will be closed on the 15th of October, Sunday. Themed Experience Forest, Experience MTCC-PEFC, the contest aims to spark an appreciation for forests through photography. The three categories of the contest are: Category one – …

Alpa Pre-Engineered Panel Systems wants to expand operations to meet growing demand

13-10-2017

Raw and finished wood product manufacturer, Alpa Pre-Engineered Panel Systems, Inc. wants to expand its operations in Clarington, Ontario, Canada. The firm, which also produces pre-engineered floor, wall, and truss systems, owns two facilities in Clarington which employees an estimated 170 workers. However, according to the general manager of …

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