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Editor’s pickB.C. and China join hands to promote green construction

13-02-2018

The Honourable Premier of British Columbia John Horgan makes an opening remarks at the forum in Beijing on January 24th, 2018. Image: Canada Wood. Canada Wood China has joined hands with the Chinese government to promote wood construction and green building at a recent policy forum in Beijing. Led by Canada Wood China, the government of …

Timber, architecture’s past and future

13-02-2018

Silva, the first wooden building in France. Image credit: Quickit The building material of our ancestors is familiar, yet modernised. Recent innovations have resulted in terms such as ‘glue-laminated timber’ and ‘nail-laminated timber,’ but the common denominator is wood. “It’s changing the paradigm of what …

Editor’s pickNigeria proposes first National Timber Certification Council to protect forest reserves

12-02-2018

Illegal logging in Nigeria. In Nov 2017, an Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) report found over 1.4 million cbm of illegal rosewood logs, worth US$300 Mn, sailed past top Nigerian officials and were laundered into China. Image: EIA/ Mathias Rittgerott-Rettet den Regenwald.    Stakeholders in Nigeria’s forestry sector have …

Vietnam: Forestry and wood exports expected to exceed US$9 billion

12-02-2018

Exports of forestry products from Vietnam is anticipated to reach above the US$9 billion mark this year, the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City (Hawa) reported. According to Nguyen Quoc Khanh, chairman of Hawa, exports of wooden as well as other forestry products rose by 10.2 per cent in 2017 to hit US$8 billion, a …

Reclaimed wood among design and construction material trends to keep an eye on in 2018

12-02-2018

According to biologist E.O. Wilson, “creativity is the unique and defining trait of our species,” a compelling and accurate statement when one considers the ever-evolving architecture all around the world, with wood not only making a comeback, but coming into its own with technological improvements that result in mass timber such as …

France: Timber towers are gaining popularity. But why?

12-02-2018

Silva, France’s first attempt at building with wood. Image credit: Art & Build Timber towers are increasingly taking up headlines, blaring statistics and facts. And in Europe, an entire country has slowly begun turning its back on building materials such as concrete and steel. But though it is late to the game, developers and architects …