31 July 2019

The Better Timber Buildings conference: A special introduction to our exhibitors

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The Better Timber Buildings conference, which strives to empower architects, engineers, suppliers and clients to design and build better timber buildings, returns to the Royal Geographical Society, London, on 27 November.


Sam Elliot, The Office Group’s Development Director, and Nick Ling, Heatherwick Studio’s Technical Design Lead, will kick off the event in session one with a client’s thought-provoking perspective and an inside look at the outstanding design of the new Maggie’s Leeds.


As this year’s event inches closer, TRADA’s list of exhibitors has grown considerably. Now we’re thrilled to announce our exhibitors so far.


TRADA’s Rupert Scott added: ‘Last year, the Better Timber Buildings conference attracted attendees from across the entire construction supply chain – a point we are very proud of. Our hope for this event is to be a resource of practical and applicable guidance, where every facet provides value: our 2019 exhibitors so far certainly do. Each is well-respected, and will offer attendees expert information which perfectly complements our larger conference programme.’


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Vastern Timber

Vastern Timber is a leading manufacturer of homegrown timber products. It processes British species, including oak, ash, sweet chestnut, cedar and larch, supplying both small residential projects and larger commercial contracts with sustainably sourced British timber. For this conference, it will be presenting its TRADA award-winning Brimstone cladding. This innovative range of thermally modified British hardwoods, which includes ash, poplar and sycamore, is highly durable, stable and carbon positive, as well as being free of any chemical additives. Sourced exclusively from British woodlands – mostly within 100 miles of Vastern's sawmills – and GIB certified, Brimstone cladding benefits both buildings and local woodlands.




Rothoblaas is the Italian multinational company that has made innovative technology its mission, making its way to the forefront of technology for wooden buildings and construction safety in just a few years. Motivated by its comprehensive range and supported by its widespread and technically-prepared sales force, it works hard to transfer its inestimable know-how to its diffuse customer network, and aims to be the leading partner for developing and innovating products and construction methods. At the conference, Rothoblaas will present some robust fixing systems solutions such as products to airtight and waterproof structures.


All this contributes to a new culture of sustainable construction, oriented to increase comfortable living and reduce CO2 emissions.




The SHERPA Connection System is the leading technology in standardised timber connecting systems. It offers the potential to increase the competitiveness of building with timber by using standardised processes. The focus lies on optimal planning through to efficient assembly. The concept is based on an innovative but very simple and ingenious idea. Two aluminium elements are joined together in the form of a long proven dovetail joint. Extensive documents for planning and simple grips allow for rapid construction. SHERPA Connectors have been tried and tested, and offer maximum safety. See for yourself!



Gilmour & Aitken

Hardwood specialists Gilmour & Aitken is a family firm, established 1852. It offers the full spectrum of hardwoods and bespoke mill cuts to specification. It offers hardwoods ranging from D70 structural and engineering timbers to D30 hardwoods for quality joinery, and also holds stock and mill Douglas fir and larch. Its directors regularly travel the world to meet and audit suppliers. It offers technical advice to specifiers, and is FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody holders.




STEICO offers its customers ecological construction and insulation products from renewable raw materials which provide an integrated timber construction system that complements insulation materials and structural components.


It is a major supplier of I-joists to the new build residential and commercial market and, via a unique network of highly skilled dealers, supply many of the major housebuilders in the UK.


STEICO is engaged in a “supporting healthy buildings” campaign across the UK to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of using its ecological wood fibre insulations. It is collaborating with many organisations to endorse the credentials of natural materials in the built environment. STEICO is actively driving the trend amongst architects and specifiers to select natural, breathable wood fibre solutions which meet the UK government’s ambition for healthy homes and buildings.




ZÜBLIN Timber stands for ambitious and pioneered solutions in the field of timber construction. It is your single-source provider for the development, production, delivery and execution of high-quality timber construction systems, from simple to complex engineered timber structures and turnkey project execution. Together with its clients it develops efficient solutions and a sustainable quality of life.




With its plants in Creuzburg, Aschaffenburg and Malchow, the company Pollmeier operates Europe's most efficient sawmills for hardwood with a total capacity of 750,000 cbm/a. Pollmeier is the global market leader for beech hardwood and the first company worldwide to produce laminated veneer lumber made of beech: "BauBuche" is a high-performance material with technical characteristics that surpass other wood construction products by far. With BauBuche Pollmeier creates new ways of using beechwood, which is abundant throughout Central Europe.


In early 2019 Pollmeier started the production of spruce laminated veneer lumber (LVL), in addition to the hardwood LVL at its Creuzburg headquarters.



Structural Timber Magazine

Structural Timber Magazine is dedicated to covering the UK’s leading mainstream low-carbon construction material and its positive impact on the built environment – representing a broad range of UK businesses embracing timber technology and timber building systems.


Every issue contains the latest news, industry comment, interviews and feature material, covering solid wood systems such as CLT and glulam, timber frame and SIPS, plus a wide range of product and technical issues surrounding specification, building design and performance.


Structural Timber Magazine is published quarterly with a combined print and digital circulation of over 51,000 subscribers.




During the build process, BM TRADA's timber consultancy team can provide independent third party consultancy on the design and build quality of timber frame buildings. Our timber frame specialists visit sites to inspect and report on the timber frame elements to ensure that the building is being constructed in accordance with the specification and best practice.


We also offer a design detail evaluation service – at pre-design stage or during the design process itself – offering independent advice and guidance on how to best detail and specify timber in architectural, structural and other designs.



If you are interested in exhibiting, we have a few spaces remaining so please get in touch with Jane Lomas on jlomas@trada.co.uk or 01494 569642.


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