International News

8
May

#Time for timber tackles the Finance & Insurance sectors

“Now is the time to invest in building in timber for the prosperity of the country and its residents, for employment, for the economy and ultimately for safeguarding the environment, today and tomorrow.” The UK’s construction industry has launched a #Time for Timber campaign. It directly targets the financial and insurance sectors and accuses them of misconceptions about building with

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8
May

The Japanese trend of replacing homes every 30 years is changing

In most countries, older homes usually sell for a premium because of their history, charm, and structural integrity. But in Japan, houses rapidly depreciate over time, becoming nearly valueless in 20 to 30 years. Newly-built homes are the crux of the Japanese housing market obsessed with a culture of razing and rebuilding. This approach to building longevity has its roots

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3
Nov

Watch team SA’s Forestry & Fibre gurus at expo 2020 Dubai

In Dubai on 12 November at 8h00 South African time, Team SA presents “Forests and Fibre – A renewable and sustainable option to green investment and economic recovery”. Don’t miss speeches by: Eustace Mashimbye, Proudly South African Michael Peter, Forestry South Africa (FSA) Mpho Lethoko, Sappi Southern Africa Penwell Lunga, Chairperson South African Furniture Initiative (SAFI) Prof Bruce Sithole, Council

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3
Nov

The time for timber is now – International wood manifesto launched

The Wood Manifesto, Growing Our Low-Carbon Future: Time for Timber, calls on the world’s politicians and policymakers to acknowledge the science, recognise the significance of their country’s timber and forest industries, and adopt wood more widely in their country’s built environment. The manifesto is a collaboration between Australian, European, American, New Zealand and Canadian woodworking and sawmilling organisations, institutes, academics

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5
Oct

A practical guide to climate-resilient buildings & communities

According to the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), countries at the highest risk of climate change are in Africa and South/Southeast Asia. While their capacity to prevent or cope with climate impacts is poor, these regions will host nearly all anticipated 2.5-million additional urban residents by 2050. Recent research predicts that by 2050, 1.6-billion urban dwellers will be regularly

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29
Aug

American university recreates truss for Notre Dame Cathedral

Tonya Ohnstad and a group of carpenters, architecture students and volunteers at the Catholic University of America use 800-year-old methods to reconstruct a vital component of the Notre Dame Cathedral, initially constructed in 1345. The handmade piece will be presented as a gift to France and used to reconstruct the Paris landmark, devastated by a fire in 2019. The restoration

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19
May

Architect Education Needs an Overhaul

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in the UK estimates that 35% of the lifecycle carbon from a typical office development is emitted before the building is opened, and the figure for residential premises is 51%. RICS says the calculations suggest it will be decades before some new buildings pay back their carbon debt by saving more emissions than

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26
Mar

Global roof truss report and forecast 2020-2027

  The Wood Truss Market’s latest issue – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2020 – 2027 is now available. The study offers a comprehensive analysis of the strategies, business models, and market shares of selected international participants. It is an in-depth report that captures all the facets of the evolving roof truss market The market classification

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