Timber Talks – 10 Hot Topics

Timber Talks – 10 Hot Topics

The Timber Talks programme of seminars will run throughout the two days of Timber Expo on the 25-26 September. Timber Talks are FREE to attend and will take place inside three separate bespoke timber theatres created especially for Timber Expo by UKSIPS, Frame Wise and Deeside Timberframe with James Jones & Sons.

With over 5,000 people expected to visit the show, the seminars are set to be hugely popular with a ‘first come, first sat down’ policy in operation.

Top 10 Topics

EUTR, Legal and Sustainable Timber – the impending introduction of the EU Timber Regulation will have a huge impact on all those buying and selling timber from March 2013. Learn more about the detail and what you should be doing in readiness from speakers including Chris Sutton from James Latham and Anand Punja from the UK TTF.

London 2012 Olympic Games – the Games were delivered with huge success and panache on both the sporting and the construction fronts – this session will be enormously popular. Hear from Noah Bold from the Olympic Delivery Authority and Alasdair McGregor at BM TRADA Certification about the groundbreaking timber procurement and supply policy introduced by the ODA, its legacy and the FSC & PEFC Project Certification of the entire Olympic Park.

Wood Awards Shortlist – the Wood Awards never fails to deliver some of the most glamorous, eye-catching and well-designed buildings in the UK alongside some of the country’s cutting edge furniture design. Hear case studies from a stellar list of architects and designers from the shortlisted entries including Duggan Morris Architects, Hopkins Architects and Wilkinson Eyre.

The Green Deal – new business and market development opportunities exist for the timber sector as part of the Governments largest ever retrofit and refurbishment programme. Chris Ashworth from Competitive Advantage and Marcus Lewis from Baily Garner, will bring into focus the Green Deal, its relevance to timber and the drive for energy efficient buildings.

Engineered Timber – from cross laminated timber to glulam, these are some of the most fashionable, versatile and structurally impressive building materials on the market today. Some of the UK’s leading exponents such as B&K Structures, will be explaining its benefits with the help of a case study on the Award-winning Brockholes Wetland Centre.

Fire & Risk Management – always a popular subject for those inside and outside the timber sector, several sessions will address timber frame and fire safety. Topics will include passive fire protection, fire retardant treatments and regulations, a wealth of knowledge and advice from the UKTFA plus how to use remote camera technology to reduce arson. There will also be a special session from Neil Gibbins from the Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) – is this the future of construction and timber design? If the futurologists are right this will be the most efficient and cost effective way to build any kind of structure within the next decade. Learn more on the best approach for the construction industry from Drew Wiggett at RIBA Enterprises and Nick Allen at Metz Architects.

Modified Woods – modified woods have long been a talking point amongst architects and specifiers and the world of external applications has opened up with the use of modified MDF and polymerised timber. A number of sessions across both days will give an overview of the different technologies available with the help of Peter Kaczmar from TRADA Technology, Justin Peckham at Accsys Technologies and Peter Clifton at Coiltte Panel Products.

Fabric First & PassivHaus – the aim is airtight, energy efficient, residential and commercial buildings with clean design lines. This can be achieved without the need of expensive micro-renewable technology by following the simple principles of Fabric First. Learn more about low-energy design from Charles Stewart at SIPS Industries and Bryan Woodley of Val-U-Therm and how to achieve PassivHaus standards with timber frame from Jonathan Hines at Architype.

Promoting Timber – the market for timber is potentially vast and the use of timber is becoming a commonplace aspect of public sector procurement and specification policies across the UK. The Wood for Good ‘Wood First’ policy is set to be a game changer for local authorities and David Hopkins from Wood for Good will outline the reasons why.

A unique new move will see the provision of a TRADA Certificate of Attendance that will qualify for professional development points. Seminar attendees will be able to download these from the Timber Expo website post-event using their badge details.

For more information on Timber Talks and to download the full line up of seminar sessions visit: www.timber-expo.co.uk/whatson. Timber Talks are FREE to attend and you can register for Timber Expo at www.timber-expo.co.uk/book

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