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Challenging softwood market for remainder of 2020

As many of you will have seen recently, the cost of structural timber is rocketing, particularly in the USA. Even the Daily Telegraph has announced, “lumber prices hit record high after lockdown spurs DIY boom”. So, how will this impact on the softwood market here in the UK? Over the past 40 years the softwood sector in … Continue reading “Challenging softwood market for remainder of 2020”

New timber industry campaign to reduce CO2 in construction

Wood Costs Less

A new industry campaign to showcase timber’s environmental credentials is being launched today (13 July). ‘Wood CO2ts less’ is raising awareness of how using wood from sustainably managed forests is one of the simplest ways to help reduce carbon emissions. It is supported by Wood for Good, Swedish Wood, Confor, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF),  … Continue reading “New timber industry campaign to reduce CO2 in construction”

Trussed Rafter Association fully supports construction industry recovery plan

Roadmap for change

The Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) has welcomed the publication of the ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ strategy by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) which sets out a two-year plan to drive the recovery of the construction and built environment sectors, and through them the wider UK economy, post-pandemic. The plan’s key objectives are focused on: Modernisation through … Continue reading “Trussed Rafter Association fully supports construction industry recovery plan”

TTF report shows timber supply chain well prepared to support construction

A report released today shows that the timber supply chain are fully prepared to support construction with companies stocked at either normal or above normal levels for this time of year (88%). Based on a survey of TTF members from around the UK, there were responses from 54 member companies, reflecting a diverse supply chain … Continue reading “TTF report shows timber supply chain well prepared to support construction”

Carpentry and timber engineering students to benefit from agreement between TRA and IoC

Carpentry and timber engineering students are set to benefit from a reciprocal agreement formed between the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) and the Institute of Carpenters (IoC). As part of the agreement the TRA will present at the IoC’s city hub workshops which take place at construction colleges across the UK, offering students the chance to … Continue reading “Carpentry and timber engineering students to benefit from agreement between TRA and IoC”

College’s timber talent given safety briefing on roof construction

Nick Boulton presenting at the Talking Timber event at NPTC Group

The next generation of timber industry professionals were provided with a vital briefing on safety and quality issues in trussed rafter roof construction at the first Talking Timber event held at Neath Port Talbot College (NPTC) Group this month. With the UK construction industry facing serious skills shortages, the current generations of students are the … Continue reading “College’s timber talent given safety briefing on roof construction”

New technical guidance published for housebuilders to boost uptake of gable wall spandrel panels

Gable Wall Spandrel Panels Guide

A new technical guide is being issued to housebuilders in the UK to boost uptake of gable wall spandrel panels, a readily available component that can support the industry as it moves towards modern methods of construction (MMC). Gable wall spandrel panels are an offsite manufactured product, put together in quality-assured factory conditions before being … Continue reading “New technical guidance published for housebuilders to boost uptake of gable wall spandrel panels”

Trussed Rafter Association urges new government to deliver on housing promises

Following the re-election of the Conservative party, Nick Boulton, chief executive of the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA), urged the new government to deliver on its campaign promises. He commented: “Throughout the election campaign, a consistent need raised by people in all communities across the country was the need for more, and better, housing. The Conservatives … Continue reading “Trussed Rafter Association urges new government to deliver on housing promises”

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