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Australia Study: Timber buildings more cost efficient

07-01-2016

A new study has revealed that buildings are more cost efficient when made of wood as compared to traditional means, yielding savings of 13.9% in double-storey aged care facilities and 12.4% in multi-storey office buildings. The research, Commercial Building Costing Cases Studies – Traditional Design versus Timber Project, was funded by …

New law bans Turkish forestry and timber work in Russia

07-01-2016

Russia has published a new document barring Turkish companies from operating in Russia. The ban takes effect from January 1 and prohibits Turkish companies from construction, architecture and design work in Russia. Turks will also not be allowed to work in travel and hospitality. Turkish companies will not be awarded state and municipal contracts …

Huber Engineered Woods joins American Wood Council

07-01-2016

Huber Engineered Woods is the latest company to join the American Wood Council (AWC).    "Huber is a key industry company with great people and facilities, and we are excited to have them join over 50 other wood products companies supporting AWC’s efforts on behalf of wood products manufacturers,” said AWC President …

UN FAO: World's forest areas down, deforestation halved

06-01-2016

The world's forested areas have decreased but rate of net forest loss has been cut by 50%, according to the UN FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015. The biggest loss is in the tropics, particularly Africa and South America. Net forest area however, has increased in temperate and boreal regions in over 60 countries.  Image …

MTCC: Johor state Forest Management Certificate suspended

06-01-2016

The Certificate for Forest Management issued to the Johor State Forest Management Unit (FMU) (SGS-MTCS/FM-0102) against the requirements of MC&I(Natural Forest) has been suspended with effect from 1 January 2016 until futher notice.  All logs sourced from the Permanent Reserved Forests in the Johor State FMU …

World record timber tower to go up in Canada

05-01-2016

Hybrid mass timber and concrete core structure Southeast view of Brock Commons, University of British Columbia The world's tallest mass timber building will soon begin construction at the University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus. Standing at 18-storeys high or 53 metres, the student residence building …

TPP deal spells opportunities for the US lumber trade

05-01-2016

The Trans Pacific Pact is expected to bring significant benefits for the U.S. forest products sector, with tariffs as high as 40% in Malaysia and 31% in Vietnam eliminated. TPP countries represent a significant market for U.S. wood products and account for nearly half of the total value of forest products exports (worth $36.4 …

DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2016: Expect success

05-01-2016

Three months before its launch, DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2016 (22-24 March) has already shown signs of a resounding success, said organiser Deutsche Messe.  “There is every indication that the 18th DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR will be bigger and have larger international reach than ever before,” said Martin Folkerts, director of …

Editor’s pickThe Bullitt Center: US softwoods adds life to interior

05-01-2016

The award-winning Bullitt Center in Seattle features warm softwood interiors made up of glulam Doug Fir columns and beams. The six-storey office building is commonly regarded as ‘the greenest office building in the world’. It has a waterless composting toilet system, rainwater harvesting system, and rooftop solar …

China: Wood imports prices decline

04-01-2016

China’s log imports fell 14% to 34.21 million cubic metres while sawnwood imports rose 4% to 19.9 million cubic metres in the first three quarters of 2015, according to China Customs. Plywood imports dropped 10% to 117,200 cubic metres, while fibreboard imports fell 7% to 161,600 cubic metres. Both OSB and …