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Construction output is forecast to rise by 2.0% in 2022 as activity currently continues at a high level but output is anticipated to fall by 3.9% in 2023 as a looming UK economic recession, falling real household incomes and rising interest rates, adversely affect demand for sectors such as private housing new build and repair, maintenance and improvements.
Flame Retardant (FR) chemical treatments for timber work by reducing its ignitability, slowing down the surface spread of flame and, as a result, reducing the heat released. This allows more time for escape in a fire situation.
The European LVL industry (Metsä Wood, Pollmeier Massivholz GmbH & Co. KG, STEICO SE and Stora Enso) has decided to launch LVL strength classes. This bulletin introduces the classes along with other product and design provisions not yet covered in the respective standards.
This European LVL Handbook serves as a guide for architects, structural engineers, technical wholesalers, off-site element manufacturers, contractors, carpenters and other construction professionals, and as an educational resource. The handbook has been prepared by the Federation of the Finnish Woodworking Industries during 2018-19.
The UK has expressed its intention to develop a specific UK marking system to replace the CE mark which is currently applied to many construction products. Manufacturers in the wood sector have already invested considerable resources to meet the original deadline for requirement of this new UK mark.