Timber Update September 2022
- Glenigan has recently reported on the new government initiative to cut carbon emissions. The new standard is set to come into full effect in 2025, with a goal of dramatically cutting carbon emissions in new homes by 75-80% on current levels.
- The shortlist for the Wood Awards 2022 has been announced, featuring truly stunning projects worthy of recognition for their application of timber in main categories ‘Furniture and Product’ and ‘Buildings’. Projects recognised include Homerton College Dining Hall in Cambridge and the ABBA Arena in London.
To see the full shortlist, click here.
- Timber Trades Journal (TTJ) Online notes that Nordic sawmillers are posting record results. They additonally provide caution on Autumn market dynamics due to unstable cooling off periods and higher energy costs.
- Timber Development UK (TDUK) statistics show that 2022 is set to be a record year for hardwood imports. This increase in hardwood volumes has largely been driven by Latvia and France, with Timber Media reporting their totals growing 110% and 82% respectively.
- The European wildfires meant a record loss of forestland. The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) reported that approximately 660,000 hectares (1,630,000 acres) of land have experienced wildfires since January 1st through August 13th, 2022. This is 56% higher than the previous record set over the same time period in 2017.
- ‘Timber cities’ could save more than 100 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2100. Cutting out the use of glass and concrete could aid us in avoiding climate catastrophe. Nature Communications cites concerns over meeting the new demand for wood and the biodiversity risk if new plantations are not appropriately managed.
To read more on timber cities, click here.
TTJ Awards 2022
We are proudly sponsoring the Environmental Achievement category at this year’s TTJ Awards - held at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel on 30th September. The event celebrates excellence in service and product quality across the timber industry in voted and judged categories.
To register interest and find out more about the event, click here.
Did you know the presence of timber in a building is proven to reduce stress and benefit mental health? A study by Forest and Wood Products Australia found workers had ‘higher overall satisfaction and lower absenteeism levels, as well as improved concentration and productivity’ in buildings with timber.
To find out more about the role of timber, click here.
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