• Timber building under construction

    Building in carbon

    Wood Focus magazine
    A technique for carbon profiling, as a solution for quantifying embodied and operational carbon in buildings, has been put forward in a report commissioned by the UK’s Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
  • Linking the supply chain

    Wood Focus magazine
    Software that may help manufacturers and product designers reduce the costs and CO2 emissions associated with transporting and storing goods across all sectors is said to have been used for the first time by a major UK retailer on beverage packaging.
  • Bill Bolsover

    Unsung heroes? Profile of Bill Bolsover, chairman of the UK’s Construction Products Association

    Wood Focus magazine
    The new Chairman of the UK’s Construction Products Association, Bill Bolsover, has never been scared to get his hands dirty, which is good as he takes on the post at an uncertain time for the industry. This former miner and concrete plant manager talks to Rupal Mehta about the need for stronger Government backing for a sector that is vital to the UK economy and covers a myriad of product areas.
  • Stick together – protein-based adhesives

    Wood Focus magazine
    Proteins extracted from oilseed rape (canola), soy or castor meals using a new technique are yielding formaldehyde-free structural adhesives suitable for use in wood composites, say scientists at Advanced Biopolymer Technologies, in Mantua, USA.
  • Decayed tree-trunk

    Fighting decay - organic preservation of wood

    Wood Focus magazine
    An organic preservation method for treated wood used in residential applications may provide an effective and environmentally friendly way to prevent wood decay.
  • Resources under fire

    Wood Focus magazine
    The UK Wood Panel Industries Federation has urged the Government not to ‘support the squandering of valuable wood resources’ through the issue of its Renewables Obligation subsidy for biomass energy.
  • Timber factory (image courtesy of BSW Timber)

    Counting carbon - UK CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

    Wood Focus magazine
    The UK CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme kicked in from April. Prash Bhandari, Climate & Environment Services Leader at EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation, provides guidance on the process of compliance.
  • Person washing their hands under tap

    Soaking up savings - water-efficient technology

    Wood Focus magazine
    Water efficient technology has vast potential and the associated tax relief can help companies boost their bottom line. Water specialist Claire Sweeney, at UK sustainable business programme Envirowise, reports
  • Driving forward with cellulosic fibres

    Wood Focus magazine
    Replacing the glass fibres in sheet moulding compound (SMC) automotive parts with natural wood or plant cellulosic fibres is the focus of research at the College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University, USA. The team claims this will reduce the cost of vehicle components, as well as improve their environmental credentials by employing a lighter weight, non-petroleum based, biodegradable and organic component.
  • Compostable packaging

    Compostable packaging from trees

    Wood Focus magazine
    A compostable polymer made from lignocellulosic biomass from non-food crops such as tress could offer a significant advance on polylactic acid (PLA) for use in packaging. The material is potentially domestically, rather than industrially, degradable, and is said to be less energy intensive to manufacture.