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Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre's striking glulam roof


Photo credit: EllisDon Corporation This is not your typical suburban swimming pool, according to project manager Gary Watt of construction services firm, EllisDon Corporation. The firm was awarded a silver award in the General Contractor $15 million to $45 million category for its work on the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre (GHAC) in …

Houten Herenhuis: Using engineered wood to reference the wooden residences in Scandinavia


In the IJburg district of Amsterdam, stands a five-storey bright red facade house that has been slotted in a thin plot of land. Photography by Marcel van der Burg Designed by the Dutch architectural house, MAATworks, Houten Herenhuis references the wooden residences usually found in Scandinavia. The name itself, which means wooden house, gave …

21st century is the time for wood: UNECE

UNECE, 21 century, wood construction

Construction of a building using cross-laminated timber. Wood as the material of the future was a common consensus at the 74th session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 18 - 20 October 2016. The 21st century will be seen as the century of wood, said Peter Wilson, managing director of Timber …

One desk to rule them all: the world's first modular desk


Photo credit: Deskbloks Boring table design? Buying lots of additional gadgets for yourself and running out of space? Deskbloks is here to put it all to end with its modular design! Set on the crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, Deskbloks is to be the world’s first modular desk. Made from top Croatian Oak wood, a strong material that is …

Egger PerfectSense board bags win at Iconic Awards 2016

Egger, Iconic Awards 2016

From left: Andre Wiegelmann, Michael Egger jr. from Egger, and Andrej Kupatz, general manager of the German Design Council. Photo credit: Isabel Humpert & Moritz Wagner Egger’s PerfectSense Gloss and Matt lacquered boards clinched 'Best of the Best' in the 'Products - Special' category at this year’s Iconic Awards 2016 in …

Japan to reduce plywood import tax for Malaysia


To reduce import tax under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), Malaysia's plywood exports to Japan are expected to increase. According to Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansur, the tax cut was a positive development as this was never done before for other countries prior to this. "The …

Wood fencing demand to remain above plastic and composites through 2020


With rising construction expenditures and a trend towards higher value materials such as ornamental metal, plastic and composites, fencing is noted to grow noted in a new study done by Freedonia Group. According to the Group, the residential building market accounts for the largest share of fencing demand, and is expected to outpace all other …

Editor’s pick87% of the world’s certified forest area is in ECE: UN

UNECE, Europe, certified forests

Certified forests covers about 11% of global forests in 2015. The 56-member country Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) accounts for about 40% (1.6 billion hectares) of the global forest estate and in total makes up 87% of the total global certified forest area. Of the global certified forest area, 48% is in North America, 25% in Western …

South Australia's first timber apartment tower uses CLT


Sitting at the fringe of Adelaide’s city fringe is Kent Town, a soon-to-be home to South Australia’s first timber multi-storey apartment building. Photo credit: Verde The project, Verde, was designed by leading South Australian architects Proske using the latest evolution in sustainable building materials, cross laminated timber …

Indonesia to expand its exports with supply reductions from China and Malaysia


China, a powerhouse on the global stage, has always played a decisive role in the global plywood market along with Asia. But the slowdown of the economy in 2014 saw a contraction in domestic demand for the Chinese economy, hence, pushing Chinese manufacturers to increase exports. Last year, however, the PRC was unable to avoid the first decline …