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DEFINITELY THE LAST WORD

We have received so many online comments, emails and phone calls since announcing the end of timber+DESIGN, it would have been rude not to respond.

 

THE LAST ‘POST’

Yep, as previously indicated, we’ve decided to call it a day at timber+DESIGN online.

TO CATCH A MACKEREL

My search for a metaphor to adequately represent the passing of this magazine ended on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka where I recently watched lean fishermen perched precariously on slender wooden poles that wafted gracefully above an incoming tidal surge.

 

DOING IT RIGHT OUTDOORS

Aussie boardwalk engineering slipping

The following final blog from our outdoor structures expert Ted Stubbersfield is rated ‘M’ and contains information of a frightening nature for the wood industry.

 

STUDENTS DESIGN FOR ELDERLY

Students from the School of Architecture and Planning at New Zealand’s University of Auckland have designed new affordable residential housing for the elderly.

 

CLIMATE DOUBLE-WHAMMY IN NZ

With deforestation of New Zealand’s pine forests occurring at around 10,000 ha annually, commercial plantation owners are pressing the Government for a better deal on carbon pricing.

 

TREE EXTINCTION THREAT IN MALAYSIA

Malaysia’s reputation as a responsible manager of its natural forests is under further strain with news of timber species extinction fears following widespread ‘degazetting’ of reserves.

 

ASIA SNAPPING UP HARDWOODS

American hardwood exporters seem to be riding the crest of a wave these days, with the value of global exports up a healthy 26% in 2014, according to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC).

 

 

 

CARBON ALARM BELLS IN NEW ZEALAND

A blowout in New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions has prompted the country’s commercial forest owners to call this week for an urgent meeting of all primary sector interests.

 

THE CLOCK IS TICKING

This is one of my last editorials for timber+DESIGN – not because I’ve been fired (although that’s a moot point), but because we will soon be closing the magazine.

 

A POINT OF PRINCIPLE

Why we follow the Sarawak story

Since we began highlighting allegations of massive forest destruction and associated ‘mafia-style corruption’ in the Sarawak logging industry, reader response has been unprecedented.

DOING IT RIGHT OUTDOORS

Alternatives to sawn timber joists

Increasingly, builders and designers want to substitute traditional hardwood or treated pine joists with new and ‘improved’ materials. Is this wise, asks outdoor structures expert Ted Stubbersfield.

CERTIFICATION DOUBLE ACT

New Zealand wants PEFC accreditation

In these days of increasingly muscular illegal logging legislation, it pays to be a little over-dressed when it comes to certification of wood products. And New Zealand forest growers have just announced they want to extend their sustainability wardrobe.

 

EX PM OPPOSES SARAWAK MEGA-DAMS

International pressure continues to mount against the Sarawak Government’s plans to construct massive new dams in the environmentally threatened Malaysian state.

 

THE TIMBER NO-BRAINER

Timber construction offers a “significant solution” to achieving the latest targets set by the UN Climate Report.