BWF at Ecobuild - collaborative approach promotes the inherent benefits of timber: 7-9 March 2017

1 March 2017

The Confederation of Timber Industries together with Wood for Good will be exhibiting at Ecobuild (7-9 March, Excel London) and showcasing the natural advantages of working with wood.  As well as having experts on hand throughout the exhibition, two exciting new projects for the timber sector will be launched.

Leading trade bodies, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and the Structural Timber Association (STA) have joined forces under the banner of the Confederation of Timber Industries and in collaboration with Wood for Good. They have a shared objective to raise the profile and inherent benefits of timber to Government and the wider construction industry and will be using Ecobuild as a platform to showcase the natural advantages of working with wood.  As well as having experts on-hand throughout the exhibition, two exciting new initiatives for the timber sector will be launched. 

The British Woodworking Federation will be launching the first Life Cycle Assessments at Ecobuild. The BWF is the first customer worldwide for BRE’s new Life Cycle Assessment calculator LINA and the first LINA results will be showcased at this launch.  Experts from the BWF and BRE will be joined at the launch by keynote speaker Beatrix Richards, Head of Corporate Stewardship - Sustainable Commodities at WWF-UK, who commented:

"Government figures suggest we may need to build a million new houses by 2020.  As we seek to ensure that this construction, and indeed the on-going repair and restoration of the existing housing stock, has the lowest possible environmental impact, it is critical that we understand the full life time costs of all the products we use.  This applies to everything - cement, bricks, doors, windows etc.

“Tools exist to help architects, builders, suppliers and consumers to understand the true, full costs, from sourcing, manufacturing, transportation, life time use and disposal, so that decisions can be made on the best possible information. Life cycle assessments are one such way of capturing this information and WWF welcomes the British Woodworking Federation’s lead in adopting this approach."

Also taking place at Ecobuild 2017 on Tuesday 07 March from 4-5pm on stand E109 is the 'Robustness of CLT Structures' launch, which will include presentations followed by a Q&A session and networking.

Endorsed by Premier Guarantee and LABC Warranty - the Robustness of CLT Structures is a guide to the key principles of robust design, connection detailing and installation of cross laminated timber buildings. This significant document has been developed in accordance with major warranty providers TRADA and BRE, and contains a clear method of designing to best practice details to ensure robust design and safe construction of CLT projects. The key principles, connection design and construction information has been collated from some of the most experienced architects, engineers and suppliers in the UK cross laminated timber market and draws on the experience gained from major CLT projects in the UK. This event provides the optimum opportunity to hear direct from expert contributors and direct your questions to the documents authors.

The Structural Timber Association’s Chief Executive, Andrew Carpenter said:

“This is a year of opportunity. The Government’s recent Housing White Paper sets out their vision for increasing the number of new homes across the UK. One of the clear messages was that it expects developers to turn to new technologies and modern methods to ensure homes are built faster and in greater numbers. With natural advantages, it is only right that we as leading trade bodies adapt to deliver a modern and collaborative approach and through the Confederation of Timber Industries, we can speak as a single voice for the whole of the Timber Industry Supply Chain.

Finally, Ecobuild visitors will have the opportunity to collect free information sheets and publications from the TRADA info point, located adjacent to CTI stand. TRADA will also provide an ‘ask an expert’ facility - including 2 technical consultants - for the whole duration of the show - to answer questions on any timber-related matter.

The CTI/Wood for Good exhibit will be on stand E109 and the two launch events are both scheduled for the Tuesday, Life Cycle Assessments at 2pm and the CLT Structures Launch at 4pm.

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