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timber briefing

PUBLICATIONS

Handbook of Hardwoods, bre.

From crc, tel 0171 505 6622. Assists users of hardwoods to select the timbers most suited to their purposes. Includes full descriptions of 117 timbers with a further 103 described more briefly.

BRE Digest 417: Hardwoods for Construction and Joinery. From crc, tel 0171 505 6622. Provides information about changes in hardwood supply in the uk, particularly the type of wood and sources. Suggests that greater use could be made of lesser-known species.

BRE Digest 431: Parts 1, 2 and 3: Hardwoods for Joinery and Construction. From crc, tel 0171 505 6622. Follows on from Digest 417 (above), giving details of technical assessments carried out by bre. Parts 2 and 3 give recommendations for 12 lesser-known species.

BRE Digest 429: Timbers - their Natural Durability and Resistance to Preservation Treatment. From CRC, tel 0171 505 6622. This Digest explains the classification of durability and treatability of timber in relation to fungal decay and classifies these properties for 150 species .

British Grown Hardwoods - The Designers Handbook. trada Technology, tel 01494 563091.

Covers structural applications, landscape design, external and internal joinery and floors. Gives information on environmental aspects and implications for design. Species included are alder, ash, beech, birch, cherry, elm, oak, poplar, sweet chestnut and sycamore.

Structural Timber Composites. trada Technology, tel 01494 563091. A design guide introducing laminated veneer lumber; parallel strand lumber; and laminated strand lumber. The guide includes dimensions and properties, design parameters for working with the materials, including grade stresses and characteristic values, together with example calculations to British and European codes .

House from the Rising Sun.

trada Technology, tel 01494 563091.

Report on the findings of a mission to investigate timber-frame construction in Japan. Key objectives were to review opportunities for process and/or technology transfer from Japan to the uk in prefabricated housing; for dissemination of housing-choice opportunities from manufacturers to users; and for transferable techniques to increase consumer choice.

Timberwise. trada Technology, tel 01494 563091. Timberwise provides all of the current trada wood information sheets on cd with the addition of a powerful search facility.

Which Wood and Why Wood.

British Woodworking Federation, tel 0171 608 5050. Information on supply of wood, its conversion and use. The publication contains colour illustrations and technical information on 57 species of softwood and hardwood, covering topics such as durability, workability, density, availability and cost.

CONTACTS

Forests Forever. 4th Floor. Clareville House, 26/27 Oxendon Street, London SW1Y 4EL, tel 0171 839 1891, fax 0171930 0094, website www.forests- -forever.org.uk. An initiative by the Timber Trade Federation for all wood users to promote correctly managed forestry and to provide information to users and specifiers on the topic.

Forest Stewardship Council.

Tel 01686 413916, website www.fsc-uk@demon.co.uk. This is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation promoting responsible forest management. It operates a certification and labelling scheme, setting the standards for certification and authorising certification bodies.

American Hardwood Export Council. 3 St Michaels Alley, London EC3V 9DS, tel 0171 626 4111, fax 0171626 4222, website www.ahec.org. The Council promotes and provides information on temperate hardwoods from the usa.

APA - The Engineered Wood Association. MW Business Centre, Hinton Road, Bournmouth BH1 2EF, tel 01202 201007, Internet www.apauk-ireland.org. Provides technical support; promotes American-produced plywood, OSB, Glumam and LVL.

British Woodworking Federation. 56 - 64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4JX, tel 0171 608 5050, fax 0171608 5051, website bwf.org.uk. The trade association for the uk woodworking and joinery industry; offers an advisory service to specifiers on technical problems.

Building Research Establishment.

BRE Advisory Service, Garston, Watford WD2 7JR, tel 01923 664664, fax 01923 664098, website www.@bre.co.uk.

bre publications handled by crc, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, tel 0171 505 6622, fax 0171 505 6606. See also 'Publications' at website www.bre.co.uk. bre carries out research on all aspects of timber use, including preservation and finishes, and operates an advisory service.

Council of Forest Industries of British Columbia. St Albans House, 40 Lynchford Road, Farnborough, Hants GU14 6EF, tel 01252 522545, fax 01252 522546. Website www.cofi.org. The council promotes and provides technical information on plywood and timber provided by member companies in western Canada.

Glued Laminated Timber Association. Chiltern House, Stocking Lane, Hughenden Valley, High Wycombe, Bucks HP14 4ND, tel 01494 565180, fax 01494 565487. Website www.glulam.co.uk. It provides guidance and promotes glulam and its properties to uk specifiers.

Nordic Timber Council. 38 Rose- bery Road, London N10 2LE, tel 0181 365 2700, fax 0181 883 6700, website www.nordictimber.org. Promotes the sawmill industries of Sweden, Norway and Finland, with special emphasis on providing infor- mation for architects, furniture designers and the construction industry.

Timber Decking Association.

PO Box 99, A1 Business Park, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF11 0YY. Tel 01977 679812. Website www.tda.org.uk. The association has been established to promote good design and quality of installed decks in the uk.

trada Technology. Stocking Lane, Hughenden Valley, High Wycombe, Bucks. HP14 4ND, tel 01494 5630091, fax 01494 565487, website www.tradatechnology.co.uk. trada Technology is a provider of technical and information services on wood and wood-based products to the timber, building and construction industries. Its trada Information Centre provides helpful information to architects on all aspects of timber usage via publications, cd-roms and a website at www.trada.co.uk.

uk Forest Products Association. 14, John Player Building, Stirling Enterprise Park, Springbank Road, Stirling FK7 7RP, tel 01786 449029, fax 01786 473112, website www.ukfpa.co.uk. Provides information for and promotes the technical and commercial interests of the industrial wood-processing sector of the British-grown timber industry.

Wood Panel Industries Federation.

28 Market Place, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6LR, tel 01476 563707, fax 01476 579314. It is the trade federation for the uk and Irish particleboard and fibreboard industries and offers a technical advisory service to architects.

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