Jack Clappen

Timber in construction roadmap
UK Government Sets Out Timber Expansion Plan
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The UK Government has given its clearest signal yet that it’s serious about decarbonising construction as it laid out its Timber in Construction Roadmap on Monday. The Timber in Construction Roadmap is a policy document that outlines how the UK Government intends to expand the safe use of timber in...
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Timber takes centre stage in House of Commons
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The APPG for the Timber Industries hosted its annual autumn parliamentary luncheon in the House of Commons on 22 November. Just hours before the Westminster Hall Roof and Lantern was crowned the winner in the Restoration and Reuse category at this year’s Wood Awards, industry figures and MPs had passed...
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MP visits Donaldson Offsite factory
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Robert Courts, the Member of Parliament for Witney, visited the Donaldson Timber Systems factory on Friday (10 November) to see first-hand the benefits of offsite timber construction. During the visit, Mr. Courts was given a presentation and tour of the site by CTI Chairman Alex Goodfellow and Donaldson Manufacturing Director...
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Timber imports saw steady growth heading into Q3
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July was the second consecutive month that timber imports were higher than in 2022, according to the latest TDUK statistics. Import volumes across all timber categories were 5% higher in July 2023 compared to the same period last year. This follows initial growth in June, where total volumes were up...
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YIMBY v NIMBY – Battle for the future of UK housing
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Our Policy Executive, Jack Clappen, looks at the key takeaways from the 2023 party conference season and what it means for the timber industry.  Housing is set to be a key battleground in the 2024 election, with renters, home-owners, and new buyers all struggling amidst a cost-of-living crisis. Rents are...
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Stability returns to import market in H1 2023
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Timber import figures in H1 2023 highlight growing market stability following three volatile years, according to the latest TDUK statistics. In the softwood sector, year-on-year volatility has slowed, with the difference in H1 totals between 2023/2022 just -5% compared to -17% in 2022/2021 and +49% in 2021/2020. Softwood imports from...
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The government should seize net zero opportunities, not shy away from them
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TDUK is disappointed to see the government roll back on its hugely important net zero commitments. This week, Rishi Sunak announced a major retreat on some of the government’s biggest green commitments, including a delay on the ban on petrol and diesel cars from 2030 to 2035 as well as...
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Autumn Policy Update
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In just a few months, the Government will launch its much-anticipated Timber in Construction Roadmap, which will outline how we can expand low-carbon timber construction in the UK. Communication is essential to the Roadmap’s success, and the CTI will work hard to ensure key stakeholders are made aware of the report...
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From blueprint to greenprint: the government’s roadmap to timber construction
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While Parliament was in recess this summer, the Confederation of Timber Industries were hard at work on the Timber in Construction Roadmap - due to be published in November. The government’s long promised Timber in Construction Policy Roadmap will support the expansion of low-carbon timber construction in the UK, following...
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Market Data
Timber imports bounce back in May
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May was the best month for timber imports in 2023, with volume growth seen across all major product categories, says TDUK. May import volumes of softwood, hardwood, plywood, particleboard, and engineered wood products were higher than in any of the preceding months of 2023. Softwood imports have proved particularly buoyant,...
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