TRADA ready to champion timber at Ecobuild

TRADA will again be exhibiting at Ecobuild in 2016 with an impressive stand dubbed the TRADA Timber Interactive Learning Zone. 

The leading authority on timber is again expecting a busy show, not least because of the launch of its latest publication ‘Hybrid Construction’, which looks at a number of mixed material construction (timber and steel) projects and explores the effectiveness of the buildings created as a solution. 

The introduction explains what a hybrid timber/steel structure is, its advantages and disadvantages as well as the most common structural forms. The book then looks at a number of case studies before concluding with the opportunities and challenges for these types of structure. 

TRADA is also planning a ‘Timber Surgery’ covering some of the most popular timber topics in engineering and timber frame, including EC5, connections, CLT, glulam, timber engineered wood products, timber cladding and species ID.

Visitors to the stand can come armed with questions about any of these topics, or indeed anything related to timber – and have them answered by our experts! The morning session will focus on timber engineering, and will be led TRADA experts Keerthi Ranasinghe and Hugh Mansfield-Williams; the afternoon session will focus on timber frame, cladding and species ID and will be led by timber frame specialists Lewis Taylor and Robin Lancaster.

In addition, there will be opportunities to discuss TRADA’s much-praised National Structural Timber Specification, with experts on the stand dealing with questions about the Specification that marks a significant step forward for the timber industry in terms of levelling the playing field against its competitive material set.

Working with industry specialists, TRADA has developed a recognised comprehensive specification that covers information exchange, materials, fabrication, erection, protection and quality assurance. It’s a real game-changer for an industry that has – to this point – relied on using documentation from previous projects to fit the latest one. 

Representatives from TRADA’s Bookshop team will be on hand to discuss all of its latest publications, while visitors will also see the fruits of an exciting annual design competition with Oxford Brookes and Timbmet.

In previous years, the winning design for the Timbmet Dan Kemp Memorial Pavilion has had its own stand, but for 2016, as it did for the first time last year, it will take pride of place on the main TRADA stand, E5140. 

TRADA membership and marketing manager Rupert Scott said: “TRADA has been involved with Ecobuild – both as an exhibitor and a partner – since its first show. During that time, we have seen the design and build community embrace timber as a viable, cost-effective and sustainable building material.”

“Time and again, timber has proved itself as a natural choice of material for sustainable buildings. And, as the UK’s leading authority on wood, TRADA has worked hard to position itself at the forefront of all things green. This year’s Ecobuild show is an excellent opportunity to reinforce that message.”

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