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BoKlok UK appoints modular housing manufacturer, TopHat, to deliver first UK homes

02-06-2020
Boklok, IKEA, Skanska, TopHat, UK, modular housing manufacturer,

Illustration of a coming BoKlok area in the UK (Image credit: Boklok) The five-year contract will see TopHat work with BoKlok to manufacture two and three-bedroom houses. Like all BoKlok developments, the homes will be made from timber frames and will feature key BoKlok characteristics such as natural light, low energy consumption and IKEA …

Japan’s Forest Agency projects on new housing starts and forestry industry

08-05-2020
Japan, Forestry Agent, new housing starts, log supply, lumber, import, exports,

The Forestry Agency held wood demand projection meeting on March 23. Average new housing starts forecasted by 12 private think tanks are 847,000 units and two think tanks forecasted less than 800,000 units. Major house builders also reported that orders are declining and it is general view that starts of detached unit would continue to be severed …

China’s housing sales in Q1 2020 down 8 percent but sees steady revival in March

04-05-2020
China, housing market, furniture retail, property sales, revival, coronavirus, Q1 2020

In a press release, China's National Bureau of Statistics reports that in the first quarter 2020, investment in real estate dropped almost 8 percent year on year. However, China’s residential housing market began a steady revival in March as real estate companies reopened across the country following the easing of the nationwide shutdown, …

Finland-based YIT started building its first timber-based modular apartment building

03-03-2020
Finland, contractor, YIT, modular construction, wood building, apartment, rental housing, sustainable, materials

YIT has long been using modular bathroom, slab and wall elements – partly manufactured by YIT and partly acquired from external suppliers – but the project in Tampere will be its first residential project built entirely from modules. The As Oy Tampereen Tohtori project is located on Tieteenkatu Street in the city’s Hervanta …

Some UK housing developers discontinuing CLT for high-rise after post-Grenfell legislation

20-01-2020
UK, housing developers, CLT, limited use, post-Grenfell, legislation, policy, combustible materials, external walls, new buildings, 18 metres

Swan is the latest housing developer to join the list of developers evaluating concrete and steel alternative for residential units over 18 metres. Despite a successful completion of the mid-rise, six-storey Watts Grove development Tower Hamlets in East London, a 65-unit residential project, Swan will now restrict the use of CLT to two- and …

Woodrise 2021 to be held in Japan

14-10-2019
Woodrise, FPInnovations, FCBA Technological Institute, Japan International Association for the Industry of Building and Housing

The second edition of the Woodrise international congress came to a close on 4 October on a very positive note. This event, co-organised by FPInnovations (Canada) and the FCBA Technological Institute (France), brought together over 800 participants in Québec City at the Centre des congrès de Québec, Sept. 30 – Oct. 4. In …

Multi-unit starts to continue dominating building trend in the U.S.

26-09-2019
U.S., housing, wood, timber, demand, supply, multi-unit, multi-family, single-family, housing market, North America, sawmills, wood products, Canadian, British Columbia, wood prices

Multi-unit starts continue to dominate, by a much higher ratio than previously expected, reported Madison’s Lumber Reporter. For several years since the U.S. housing recovery in 2006, economists believed that the ratio of single-family starts would eventually recover to previous levels but the belief has yet to materialise. Instead, there …

Editor’s pickAmazon makes first major investment in prefabricated housing

15-10-2018
Amazon, Alexa fund, prefabricated housing start-up, integrated smart solutions, Plant Prefab

As Amazon announced their investment in a prefabricated housing start-up, factory-built homes may just become the next voice-controlled, super-efficient must-have in the future. Cheaper and quicker to build than traditional housing, modular homes are viewed as a solution to housing shortage.  To top it off, Amazon seems keen to ensure the …

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