Key research project offers hope for increased use of timber in the built environment

BRE, which it hopes will encourage architects to specify more sustainable timber products in construction. ClickDesign aims to develop a


performance based specification protocol to enable a software tool for architects and specifiers to use to embed service life performance specification for timber. The studies will help to increase market confidence with users for selecting wood as a

eorge Barnsdale is continuing its involvement in a three year pan- European research project led by the

reliable product and enhance an optimised performance of timber in the built environment.

The stated aims of the research are: Robust forecasting of aesthetic changes on surfaces developing the kinetic and/or intensity of variation in such changes due to location, microclimate, architectural design and materials used for construction. Studying spatial distribution of fungal

decay and its interaction with moisture transport and resulting gradients in buildings. Development of a termite/insect performance measure for the first time in Europe. Robust integrated


classification based on the whole set of external parameters – the foundation established for decay, material and integrity aspects, aesthetic limits and performance and termite/insect performance aspects. All of this data will be made available at

Norbord expands team with new Manager

Dan Clarke has joined the team at Norbord in the role of National Sales Manager. Previously National Sales Manager for Kronospan, with 24 years’ experience in the panel manufacturing and timber distribution industry Dan’s skills will be put to good use in his new

role at Norbord. Dan will be busy extending Norbord portfolio in the new build, off site manufacturing, modular, timber frame, MMC’s and timber engineering sectors. Dan commented: “I am excited to join Norbord and am looking forward to providing support and guidance to the team to further build the brand and encourage specifiers to use Norbord products nationwide in all areas of property building markets”. A. Proctor Group win at Awards

The A. Proctor Group received two awards at the prestigious CMAs (Construction Marketing Awards) in London last month. The A. Proctor Group won two categories: “Best Use of Advertising” and “Best Big Budget Campaign”. Their winning entry, a fashion-inspired campaign, featured five fantastic costumes that were made completely

out of their high-performing construction membranes. CMA judges on the night of the award commented that A. Proctor Group’s campaign was “innovative and exceptionally well executed.”

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the click of a button, giving architects the reassurance they need to specify timber which is a much more sustainable resource than traditional construction methods. Currently, 18 organisations including engineers, architects, trade bodies, forest product manufacturers and public authorities are involved from 6 countries (Germany, UK, Finland, Slovenia, Norway and Sweden). George Barnsdale is currently the only UK timber windows manufacturer involved in the industry group and has also been involved in numerous research projects in the past.

01775 823000 Apprentice Decorator of the Year 2019

Bell Group’s Gatis Celmins, 35, has emerged as the winner of the 2019 Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition after a gruelling three-day contest hosted at the WorldSkills UK LIVE event at Birmingham’s NEC. The Inverness UHI apprentice

triumphed over eight other finalists thanks to the quality of his careful setting out and excellent time management, completing the complex design set by competition sponsor Crown Paints to an exceptionally high standard. Gatis said: “Reaching the final meant a great deal to me, and I’m happy to have achieved one of my goals.” Crittall promises new streamlined flow

Crittall has unveiled a major investment initiative that will revolutionise its processes from initial estimate through to final delivery and installation. The company’s Strategic Investment Programme will streamline every aspect of product ordering, manufacture and supply while retaining and enhancing

the hand-built craftsmanship and bespoke nature that are hallmarks of its range of windows, doors and screens. “We are investing some £1.5 million to provide a clean flow of operation from the moment an order is received to processing it directly onto our CNC machinery,” says Crittall Windows Managing Director Russell Ager.

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