Jennie Ward

Computer-cut plywood housing that smells great!
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Facit Homes designs and builds sustainable homes using plywood from UPM. Founder Bruce Bell explains why digital manufacturing techniques and BioBond gluing technology have enabled them to make computer-cut houses. Sustainability is about far more than identifying the right materials when Facit Homes plans a new low-carbon project. They assess...
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Arbor invests £4m in new UK sawmill
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Arbor Forest Products has invested £4m in a new sawmill planing line at its site in New Holland, North Lincolnshire. The new line will allow the company to further automate its production processes and pass on efficiency savings to its customers. The new system was developed with System Hall AB,...
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laminated timber
Demystifying laminated timber
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More joiners and manufacturers are turning to Laminated Timber, but misconceptions persist about the technology. Jason Daw, Regional Sales Director at International Timber, explores the myths and advantages of Laminated Timber. Laminated Timber is a type of engineered timber that consists of layers of wood veneers glued together to form...
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Timber Development UK
Meet our new Membership Development Manager
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Laura Qualters, TDUK Membership Development Manager Laura Qualters has joined Timber Development UK as our new Membership Development Manager. This new role for TDUK will see Laura working in close partnership with our entire membership to support your goals as a TDUK member, and to ensure strong and engaged communication...
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fraudulent timber
Beware of fraudulent timber orders
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Timber Development UK is warning its members to remain vigilant and guard against fraudulent emails trying to obtain timber, after news that a number of merchants have been contacted by fake companies, posing as well-known industry names, in an attempt to secure timber. The scam emails that we have seen...
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black and white building
Black & White Building takes Lathams back to the future
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TDUK member James Latham played a pivotal role in the development of the landmark Black & White Building in Shoreditch, London. The Black & White Building was completed in January 2023 as the latest in flexible workspaces from co-working provider The Office Group (TOG). Designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects and...
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Understanding of UC4 grows
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Mystery shopper research among merchants shows that the supply chain's understanding of Use Class 4 timber treatments has improved since 2020. The Wood Protection Association (WPA), supported by Timber Development UK (TDUK), has long been fighting to improve knowledge of the different timber treatments and when they should be used....
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american hardwoods
New exhibition is a tribute to American hardwoods
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A new exhibition by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is championing the role that American hardwoods can play in the future of sustainable design and architecture. AHEC’s ‘Three’ event is chronicling the works of three Nordic designer-makers at the annual 3daysofdesign festival in Copenhagen this week (7 to 9...
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Address acoustic challenges in mass timber through CLT
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CDM Stravitec has created a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course on using lightweight acoustic floating floors in combination with cross-laminated timber (CLT), exploring how these systems can address acoustic challenges in mass timber construction. This online course presents the airborne sound reduction and impact noise isolation of lightweight floating floor...
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Always check cladding drainage and ventilation
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A recent flurry of cladding inspection requests received by the Timber Decking and Cladding Association has revealed that basic, fundamental installation principles for timber cladding are being ignored. Timber cladding is installed as a rainscreen on buildings across the UK. This means the cladding should be fitted over a drained...
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