15 Apr 2019
timber construction news

Timber Frame Vs Post And Beam Construction

timber construction newsPost and beam and timber frame are both beautiful methods of building but most people think of them as one and the same. Although they are similar, there are subtle differences between them. Both are methods of building that create a frame that is self-sustaining and carries the weight of the house. The main difference in the two types of construction is the method of joining the parts.

Timber frames are always made with solid wood with mortise-and-tenon connections and secured with wood pegs. Post and beam construction typically uses half lap joinery with hidden fasteners, and decorative metal braces some of the time.

The full story can be found on Forbes.

As Mass Timber Takes Off, How Green Is This New Building Material?

timber new building materialThe eight-story Carbon 12 building in Portland, Oregon is the tallest commercial structure in the United States to be built from something called mass timber.

If the many fervent boosters of this new construction material are right, however, it is only one of the first mass timber buildings among many, the beginning of a construction revolution.

“The design community in Portland is enthralled with the material,” said Emily Dawson, an architect at Kaiser + Path, the locally-based firm that designed Carbon 12.

Interested in finding our how green the material really is? Read the full article here.

Concrete Walls Tinted to Match “Warm Tones of Sunset” form Casa Moulat in Mexico

timber work in mexicoEarthen concrete walls, planted patios and pools feature in this house in Mexican state Hidalgo, which was designed by Mexico City firm Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica.

Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica (CCA) completed the 608-square-metre Casa Moulat as a gabled volume flanked by two wings. The residence is predominantly built from concrete that has been tinted using earthen materials sourced nearby.

“”We worked hand-in-hand with the suppliers to obtain a unique colour that corresponds to the warm tones of the site at sunset,” CCA architect Fernanda Ventura told Dezeen.

“Right now, the architecture in Mexico is about using raw materials,” she said. “In a way that creates comfortable spaces, as with these earthy colours and getting back to the roots.”

The full story can be found over at Dezeen.

Building Sector Takes Concrete Steps to Address ‘Hidden Emissions’

building with timberWith the equivalent of a new mega city globally being built a month, tackling the embodied carbon in building materials is critical. Mark Hillsdon reports on moves within construction to switch to greener materials.

Over the last 20 years, the building sector has focused on tackling the 28% of global emissions created by the operational phase of a building, the greenhouse gases pumped out by offices and homes as they are cooled and heated.

Far less attention has been paid to embodied carbon, those emissions created during the building’s construction and which are effectively locked in as soon as materials like concrete and glass are created.

Ethical Corp reports on the full story.

05 Apr 2019

Scientists Invent ‘Transparent Wood’ in Search for Eco-Friendly Building Material

eco friendly wood buildingIn an era of glass and steel construction, wood may seem old-school. But now researchers say they have given timber a makeover to produce a material that is not only sturdy, but also transparent and able to store and release heat.

The researchers say the material could be used in the construction of energy-efficient homes, and that they hope to develop a biodegradable version to increase its eco-friendly credentials as an alternative to plastic, glass or even cement.

The Guardian reports the full story.

“Construction Needs Someone to Fight its Corner” as Sector Suffers Another Slip

construction fighting its cornerAnother fall in commercial work and civil engineering activity in March has led industry bosses to fear that the recent weakness of the UK construction sector may not be just a blip, but a sustained soft patch.

It comes as construction firms in the UK saw workloads slip for the second month in succession in March. The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index posted 49.7, up fractionally from 49.5 in February but still below the 50 no-change threshold. A reading above 50 on the survey indicates growth.

Infrastructure Intelligence reports the full story.

Housing Construction Starts Plummet

housing shortagesThe value of residential construction work beginning on site has dropped by a tenth in a year, new research has revealed

Economics unit Glenigan calculated a 10 per cent fall in the size of registered project starts across the UK between the first quarter of 2018 and the same period this year.

January to March 2019 was the 20th consecutive rolling quarter during which the value of new housing work was lower than a year previously – the worst run since records began in 2006.

Architects Journal talks more about the crisis.

Bournemouth Training Ground Construction Work to Begin

bournemouth construction newsPremier League side Bournemouth are set to start work on a new multi-million pound training complex, a move manager Eddie Howe says is “huge news”.

It will be located on the 57-acre former Canford Magna Golf Club site.

Poole Council granted planning permission in December 2017 and once revised, improved plans have been approved, construction work will begin.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for the club,” Cherries chief executive Neill Blake said.

“It has always been the board’s intention to develop and improve our infrastructure to something that is befitting of a Premier League club with elite international players.”

The BBC reports more on the Cherrie’s construction plans.

29 Mar 2019

Metsä Wood Calls for Industry Professionals to Take Part in Wood Construction Survey

wooden building projectMetsä Wood, one the world’s largest suppliers of wood products to the construction industry, is conducting the first ever survey of its kind, to explore the extent of expertise in wood construction.

The company is calling on UK-based architects, structural engineers and other industry professionals to take part in this survey in a bid to map out the current landscape on which to build a more open and cooperating community of professional collaboration.

Building Products have the whole story.

Construction industry facing cliff-edge over skill shortages

construction shortagesThe Apprenticeship Levy is exacerbating the construction skills shortage and must be reformed urgently, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Latest statistics released by the Department for Education show that the number of new construction apprenticeship starts for January 2019 has fallen to 950 compared with 1,216 the previous year.

In particular, the number of starts for level two apprenticeships, equivalent to GCSE level, has dropped to 555 in January 2019 from 712 in January 2018.

For the full story, head over to NWE Mail.

Listed Construction Giant’s Revenue Rockets

construction rocketingRevenue surged further past the £300m mark at listed construction giant nmcn during its latest financial year.

The Nottinghamshire-headquartered business has reported a revenue of £340.4m for the year to 31 December 2018, up from a restarted total of £302.3m in 2017.

The company’s pre-tax profits however dipped from a restated total of £9.1m to £6m.

Head over to Insider Media for more on this.

HS2 Completes Biggest Demolition Challenge Yet at Site of New Old Oak Common Tunnel Crossover Box

bulldozer workHS2 has cleared a key construction site close to the new Old Oak Common ‘super-hub’ station, as work to deliver Phase One of the UK’s new high speed rail project continues to ramp up.

The 42,000 square metre site, equivalent to the size of 6 football pitches, is where HS2 will build the Victoria Road Crossover Box, a huge underground structure designed to allow trains passing through the London tunnels to switch tracks.

The full story can be found on Gov’s website.

22 Mar 2019

7-Storey Hybrid Wood Commercial Building Set to Rise in Toronto

construction work talk torontoThe race is on for the tallest of the tall timber buildings in Canada. In Toronto, one contender is 77 Wade Avenue, designed by Bogdan Newman Caranci (BNC) Architects and Urban Design.

If completed today, it would be the tallest modern mass timber commercial building in Canada, at 7 storeys and approximately 150,000 square feet.

Developed and managed by Next Property Group, this purpose-designed office and collaboration environment targets the high tech sector, and will be a prototype for mid-rise office buildings.

BBG Life report the full story here.

Wooden High-Rise Trend Reaches New Heights in Norway

norway construction projectThe wonderful world of superlatively tall wood buildings has just gained its newest title-holding champion in the form of Mjøstårnet (Mjøsa Tower), a handsome timber high-rise in the Norwegian town of Brumunddal topping out at 18 stories.

Rising 280 feet (85.4 meters) above Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s newly minted tallest-timber-tower-in-the-world isn’t really all that tall in the scheme of things. It’s shorter than Big Ben, the Statue of Liberty, the Louisiana State Capitol and my grandmother’s old apartment building in downtown Seattle. It’s also 100 feet shorter than the world’s tallest woody perennial, a coast redwood hidden away in a remote section of Redwood National and State Parks, a string of parks in California.

For more on this interesting story, click here.

Tallest Timber Office Building in America Revealed

high rise wooden building americaHuge zigzagging windows tease apart these two cross-laminated timber office buildings, which Danish architecture firm 3XN has proposed for Toronto.

Called T3 Bayside, the 10-storey office complex is proposed for property near Lake Ontario in the Canadian city.

The T3 Bayside proposal comprises two large volumes designed to rise to 42 metres tall at their highest point. If completed, it is set to become the “tallest timber office building” in North America, according to 3XN.

This is a fantastic project and you can learn more about it here.

15 Mar 2019

Fogarty Finger Revamps New York Office Building

construction worker US architecture practice Fogarty Finger has updated portions of a 109-year-old office building in Manhattan with glazed meeting rooms, skylights and Scandinavian-style pale woodwork.

The project – named after its address, 31 West 27th Street – is located in the NoMad district, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. Dating back to 1910, the building rises 12 storeys and encompasses just over 126,000 square feet (11,706 square metres).

For more on this project, click here.

Frich’s Wood Hotel Debuts in World’s Tallest Timber Building

wooden high riseFeaturing 72 rooms as well as an exterior garden, a restaurant, a pool, and a bar, the hotel is connected to a range of cycling and walking trails and faces Mjøs, Norway’s largest lake.

Other elements of the complex include offices and residential facilities.

Frich’s is part of the 85.4-metre-tall Mjøstarnet property – reportedly the tallest timber structure in the world – which was designed by Norwegian firm Voll Arkitekter for an estimated NOK 450m (£39.8m).

Real estate company AB Invest developed and supervised the project, while Moelven supplied the high-rise’s locally sourced lumber. HENT AS, meanwhile, served as the building contractor.

The project is spoken about in more detail at Clad Global.

B.C. Building Code Adjusted Upwards To Allow 12 Storey Wood Buildings

timber construction news The height limit for wood buildings in British Columbia is rising to 12 from six storeys in a move that Premier John Horgan expects to spur development using timber and give the province a headstart on other parts of the country.

B.C. is changing its building code to allow the construction of taller wood buildings as a safe, economic and environmental alternative to concrete apartments and office buildings, Horgan said Wednesday.

This new regulation should see more wooden high rises built. BBG report the full article.

08 Mar 2019
building with timber

Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same

oak construction news marchThese buildings are in almost every U.S. city. They range from three to seven stories tall and can stretch for blocks. They’re usually full of rental apartments, but they can also house college dorms, condominiums, hotels, or assisted-living facilities. Close to city centers, they tend toward a blocky, often colorful modernism; out in the suburbs, their architecture is more likely to feature peaked roofs and historical motifs. Their outer walls are covered with fiber cement, metal, stucco, or bricks.

To find out why all new apartment buildings are starting to look the same in the US, head over to Bloomberg.

Eurozone construction sectors boosted in February by German and French recovery

oak construction coverage march Construction firms in the Eurozone were boosted last month by an upturn in building activity following a slow start to the year.

German firms led the way with a sharp rise in activity, while there was also a return to expansion in France, according to the widely-regarded IHS Markit purchasing managers’ index (PMI).

Read more: Eurozone economic confidence falls to fresh two-year low

PMI rose to 52.6 from just above the no-change threshold of 50 in January.

But Italian firms saw a growth slowdown for the fourth consecutive month.

For more on this story, head over to City AM.

Worthing pupils brighten up seafront construction site with colourful mural

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Pupils at a Worthing school have brightened up a construction site on the seafront by creating a vibrant mural. After discussing artwork ideas to spruce up the Bayside Apartments development, pupils at Chesswood Junior School came up with the idea of Worthing Through the Ages.

They were provided with materials for the project by developer Roffey Homes and got to work to create a vibrant piece of artwork on the previously blank development hoardings to inspire the community.

Continue reading this great story over at the Worthing Herald.

The Christie Reveals Designs for Paterson Redevelopment

oak build news march The Christie has showcased its proposed 270,000 sq ft replacement for the Paterson Building, which was severely damaged by a fire in 2017, ahead of a planning application in May.

The existing building was ravaged by a fire in April 2017 which left it unusable, and following the incident many of the its staff were relocated to Alderley Park. The Christie had explored repairing the building but concluded either keeping it in its current state or refurbishing it would not be feasible.

Place North-West covers the fully story.

15 Feb 2019
oak construction news

ZWS Launches Initiative to Reduce Construction Waste

A new initiative has been set up by Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) to tackle the huge amounts of waste coming from the construction industry.
Across the UK, the construction and demolition (C&D) sector generates the largest amount of waste.

08 Feb 2019
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Construction Begins on Antarctic Wharf

The gloom surrounding the eurozone’s largest economy failed to let up on Thursday as data showed German industrial production continued to decline at the end of 2018, led by a fall in construction.

01 Feb 2019

£18m Funding to “Transform” UK Construction Sector

An £18m investment in technologies ranging from augmented reality design tools to swarming robots that mimic the collaborative behaviour of termites could help transform UK construction, the UK’s main research funding body has claimed.

25 Jan 2019

Most-needed Construction Skills Named

Nine industry organisations have collaborated to determine the construction trades suffering most in the UK’s continued skills shortage.

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