News briefs

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.

 

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).

 

 

 

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.

 

BIG RUSH FOR MIFF

Bumper Malaysian furniture show expected

The Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) in March looks like being one of the best for years, with hundreds of confirmed exhibitors and record buyer pre-registrations.

ASIA PACIFIC DESIGN PUSH

The State Library of Queensland (QSL) is calling for proposals from designers and artists in Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region to create a new installation.

NORWEGIANS WANT TIMBER BRIDGES

The Norwegian government’s wood construction promotion programme has been extended to include timber bridges – and not just for pedestrians or cyclists.

STRONG FOREIGN INTEREST IN MIFF

The promoters of South-East Asia’s biggest furniture show – the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) – are reporting a huge increase in overseas interest in the 2015 event.

‘GREENER’ TRANSTASMAN TIMBER

Reduced greenhouse gas emissions are a claimed benefit of a new non-chemical treatment process for timber products being shipped from New Zealand to Australia.

BAD VIBES FROM BRAZIL

Deforestation returns at alarming levels

Deforestation in Brazil soared nearly 300 per cent in September. And re-election of President Dilma Rousseff brings no good news for the Amazon.

WOMAN IS BEST YOUNG BUILDER

In what could be a sign of things to come, the WoodSolutions National Young Builder of the Year award has gone to a woman for the first time.

DUAL CERTIFICATION INCENTIVE

In a timely move the Queensland Government and Timber Queensland have broadened their chain of custody support scheme to cover multiple third party certification.

HUGE HARDWOOD JUMP

Carbon miles and other ‘footprint’ considerations don’t seem to be having anything other than a positive effect when it comes to the use of American hardwoods in Australia and New Zealand.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

New collection from Zuster

Melbourne-based furniture designer/maker Zuster has drawn on a 400-year-old Dutch connection with Australia for its latest range.

MORE STYLE AT IFFS 2015

One of Asia’s most design-focused furniture fairs is promising more style indicators and international exhibitors in 2015.