oak construction news januaryGrown in Britain’s latest pricing data for UK grown hardwood is showing across the board value increases for 2018.

News of the price growth has been welcomed by Forestry Commission chairman Sir Harry Studholme as “fantastic news” for woodland owners.

“Higher prices justify and encourage woodland management, and this management supports future production of this beautiful raw material,” he said.

“More than this, well-managed woodlands help plants and wildlife to flourish and store carbon to help tackle climate change. Grown in Britain are doing an exceptional job to develop the market for hardwood timber and realise these benefits.”

If you’d like to know more about why timber is on the up, head over to TTJ Online.

Q+A: Why Wood Construction is Making a Comeback

oak construction news januaryWhat are the advantages of building with wood?

One of the advantages of CLT over sawn lumber is that it does not lose its strength during a fire. CLT develops a char layer on the outside that protects the inner portions of the load-bearing CLT wood member.

It is also more resilient in a wider range of environments because it does not experience the same magnitude of shrinkage that sawn lumber does. In tall buildings, CLT is being used for both the floor and roof slabs, and the wall panels; the CLT wall panels support the gravity loads from the floors and roof slabs. They are also strong enough to be used to resist the lateral or horizontal forces from wind and earthquakes.

For the full Q+A, click here.

Why More Buildings Should Be Made of Wood

oak construction news januaryThe second little pig was unlucky. He built his house from sticks. It was blown away by a huffing, puffing wolf, which promptly gobbled him up. His brother, by contrast, built a wolf-proof house from bricks.

The fairy tale could have been written by a flack for the construction industry, which strongly favours brick, concrete and steel. However, in the real world it would help reduce pollution and slow global warming if more builders copied the wood-loving second pig.

In 2015 world leaders meeting in Paris agreed to move towards zero net greenhouse-gas emissions in the second half of this century. That is a tall order, and the building industry makes it even taller.

Cement-making alone produces 6% of the world’s carbon emissions. Steel, half of which goes into buildings, accounts for another 8%. If you factor in all of the energy that goes into lighting, heating and cooling homes and offices, the world’s buildings start to look like a giant environmental problem.

The Economist tells the full story in their article here.