We round-up articles looking at timber and timber products.
Timber has long been a staple construction material for domestic scale properties, although it is increasingly being used in high-profile structures such as the Weald & Downland Gridshell. However, exposure to the elements can result in changes to the chemical and physical properties of wood, affecting its aesthetics, structure and longevity.
There is some confusion amongst specifiers concerning the properties of "exterior grade" plywood. Dr Vic Kearley of TRADA seeks to clarify the situation and outline improvement actions that are underway.
Nick Moss, of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber Procurement, discusses the importance of the UK government timber procurement policy and its relevance to BREEAM.