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CPA – Construction Trade Survey – August 2022
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There were signs that the extended period of growth experienced by the construction supply chain began to ease in the second quarter of 2022, with cost inflation dominating the headlines of industry surveys.
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CPA – State of Trade Survey – July 2022
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Sales Growth Eases as Costs Remain Elevated
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ABBA Arena - Front of House and Rainscreen - Copyright Dirk Lidner, via Wood Awards
Gimme Gimme Gimme glulam after midnight! Find out all about the ABBA Arena
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Timber has played a fundamental role in building the ABBA Arena - the venue purpose-built for the Swedish supergroup’s spectacular comeback concert. The ABBA Arena, a demountable 3,000 capacity venue designed by Stufish Entertainment Architects, will be home to ABBA’s digital comeback concert until May 2023. While the ‘avatar’ technology...
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Assessing the Carbon-Related Impacts and Benefits of Timber in Construction
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This paper explains how to account for carbon in timber buildings and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) by rigorously applying the latest European Standards and the RICS Professional Statement on Whole Life Carbon Assessment in the built environment.
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The Builder’s Guide to Plywood
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Plywood is a highly versatile building material which spans a wide range of applications from wall and floor sheathing to designer interiors and glider fuselages. There are many types of plywood available, including specialist tropical veneers such as marine plywood which, while having very good weather resistance and strength properties,...
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New handbook provides insight into timber decking
Assuring Quality
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Where a flame retardant (FR) is added in the factory during the manufacturing process for MDF, OSB or plywood then that manufacturing process should be subject to factory production control (accredited by a notified body). The product should carry the CE mark and be accompanied by a valid Declaration of...
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Combustibility
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There are four recognised stages in the development of any fire: Ignition, Spread and Growth, Flash point into a fully developed fire and Eventual Decay. During the early stages, when a fire is still becoming established, the important factors are: Ignitability, Spread of Flame, Smoke Production and Flaming droplets.
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Understanding Fire Protection Terms
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It is vital that any flame retardant treatment incorporated into a building provides long-term, predictable performance backed by independent verification. Before specifying enhancement using a flame retardant, two specification fundamentals must be established: What reaction to fire performance is required? and What is the service environment?.
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