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Dutch say no to Malaysian wood

This Issue • $45m exit package for contractors • NZ log exports at record levels

Claim that timber certification scheme limits recognition of indigenous rights MALAYSIA’S national timber certification scheme has been judged to fall short of the Netherlands’ timber procurement standards.

The Netherlands, the largest market for Malaysian timber

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• Keeping an eye on Chile • Caution needed on new WHS laws • Wood city to teach engineering skills • Architects create stunning designs in structural timber

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The decision by SMK, an independent panel, rejects the Malaysian Timber Certification Council’s (MTCC) appeal against the decision last year by the Dutch Timber Procurement Assessment Committee which judged that the Malaysian scheme did not meet the procurement criteria for wood.

in the EU, accounts for 49% of Malaysia’s exports, paying a premium of 2% to 4% for certified timber products. The Netherlands and nine other countries – Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and the UK – have enforced public procurement policies that encourage the acceptance of certified timber products for publicly funded projects. The main reason for TPAC’s rejection of MTCS is what it claims is the scheme’s limited



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Escarpment House .. a rural retreat overlooking the Hawkesbury River with a room poised above the escarpment won four categories in the Australian Timber Design Awards.

Architects created stunning designs in structural timber ARCHITECTS from the Apple Isle were the apple’s eye for judges at the 12th Australian Timber Design Awards in Melbourne, winning major categories in a competition that attracted more than 100 entries from all states. Hobart-based designers Circa Morris-Nunn Walker and Morrison and Breytenbach Architects walked off respectively with the overall Australian Timber Design Award and the EWPAA Sanderson Trophy for best and most distinctive use of engineered wood. (See stories, Pages 8-12). Annexing the greater number of individual awards was Timothy Moon Architects of Neutral Bay, NSW. Their Escarpment House,

an “arresting design in structural timbers” overlooking the Hawkesbury River, won for Best Structural Element, sponsored by Stora Enso Australia, Recycled Timber, sponsored by Kennedy’s Classic Aged Timbers, Residential Class 1 New Buildings, sponsored by VAFI, and the Central Regional Award, sponsored by Boral Timber. Escarpment House comprises a series of linked timber and stone pavilions at the edge of a natural escarpment. A timber walkway leads over the escarpment through the tree tops, to a unique room which provides views over the property and river beyond.

Forest contractors access exit funds CHIEF executive of the Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association Ed Vincent says as many as 60 contractors are expected to apply for the assistance offered to exit the industry. The funding started last week, more than two months after formation of the $276 million

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industry restructure deal. (See story, Page 7). Contractors can apply for a share of $45 million made available under the intergovernmental agreement signed in August by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings.

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Malaysia’s 5 million ha of certified tropical forest largest in the world From Page 1

recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples and lack of adequate protection against the conversion of certified natural forest to other uses, including plantations. The appeals panel said MTCC had not provided substantive arguments in its case. “The result is that the MTCC Board’s action is on all counts dismissed,” the panel said. MTCC said it regretted the decision, which undermined the efforts by developing tropical forest countries like Malaysia to implement timber certification. “As a voluntary timber certification scheme that has been developed through a Malaysian multi-stakeholder process, the MTCS is unfortunately held responsible by SMK for issues that are inherent to the Malaysian constitutional, legal and political system,” says MTCC chief executive Chew Lye Teng. “Secondly, the SMK unfortunately chose not to take into consideration the additional measures to address the TPAC concerns that have been agreed between MTCC and the Dutch state secretary Joop Atsma.

“Contrary to the SMK ruling, the Danish, British, French and UK governments and the German municipality of Hamburg have recognised the MTCS as providing assurance of sustainable timber.” The Malaysian Timber Certification Council says Malaysia’s 5 million ha of certified tropical forests is the largest in the world. Only 10% of the world’s 375 million ha of commercial forests have been certified to date. About 53.8% of the certified forests are in North America, 34.4% in EU countries and a mere 2.1% in the Asia-Pacific region. Malaysia is also one of the leading exporters of certified timber products with monthly exports of up to 7000 cub m, mainly in the form of laminated finger-jointed products, plywood, sawn wood and timber mouldings. Up to March, a total of 463,730 cub m of certified timber products have been exported to 22 countries. A growing number of green buildings schemes are placing a greater emphasis on timber products certified under the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Forest Stewardship

Chew Lye Teng .. Malaysia recognised as providing assurance of sustainable timber.

Council (FSC). There were nine certified forest management units holding valid PEFC scheme certificates for forest management in Malaysia as of July 1 this year. PEFC began endorsing the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme in 2009 and will continue to do so over the next five years. Meanwhile, the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation will assist Malaysian plywood producers in appealing against the antidumping duties being applied by Cont Page 5

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Keeping an eye on Chile

Australians to visit forest industry conference conference Expocorma 2011 from November 16 to 19. John Halkett, technical manager for the Australian Timber Importers Federation, a keynote conference speaker, is among early Australian delegates registered for the event. In early 2010, the Chilean economy was poised for a strong recovery, but on February 27 the country suffered a massive earthquake. Reconstruction costs were estimated to be close to $US30 billion. Yet, the economy rebounded in the second quarter of 2010 after a short contraction. Wrecked road, rail and port facilities were quickly repaired, thanks to the squirrelling of billions of copper

AUSTRALIAN timber traders and producer representatives are heading to Chile to assess the country’s rapid economic recovery from last year’s massive earthquake which is likely to see a dramatic rise in exports of processed wood to Pacific Rim markets. The forestry industry, headed by wood processors Arauco and CMPC, is regarded as a spearhead of national development. Also, a free trade agreement signed with Australia in 2008 has encouraged Chile to make a greater push on timber exports to both Australia and New Zealand. Concepción, the forest capital of Chile, will host exhibitors and visitors to the 16th international wood, pulp and paper fair and

John Halkett .. monitoring Chile forest industry.

dollars. Based on these trends, the IMF projects that the Chilean economy will grow by 6% this year. South America exports more

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than 40,000 cub m of structural timber a year to Australasia and this is expected to rise considerably as the US housing market fails to make significant recovery. The event is being organised and managed by the Chilean Timber Corporation, which represents the most important forestry, pulp and paper companies in the country. Chile claims to have more bilateral or regional trade agreements than any other country. It has 57 such agreements with countries that include the European Union, China, India, South Korea, and Mexico. Over the past seven years, foreign direct investment inflows have Cont Page 6

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31-2 (Nov): 5th International Woodfibre Resources & Trade Conference. Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore. Contact Pamela Richards on 61 3 5781 0069. Visit www.

NOVEMBER 4: Victorian Association of Forest Industries annual dinner. Crown Complex, Southbank, Melbourne. Guest speaker: Peter Walsh MLA, Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Food Security and Minister for Water. Visit or for bookings call Jillian Roscoe on (03) 9611 9002. 8-11: IUFRO Forest Health Joint Meetings. Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Organised by the National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA) in Uruguay, the University of Uruguay (UDELAR) and the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO). Motivated by the massive development of the forestry sector in several countries in South America.Visit www. 16: FSC Australian annual awards dinner. Langham Hotel,

Melbourne. Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the incorporation of Responsible Forest Management Australia (FSC Australia) and its exciting achievements. Contact FSC Australia on (03) 9329 9984 or email 24-25: Bioenergy Australia 2011 conference and exhibition, Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Web: www. 25: TABMA Queensland annual general meeting.

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MARCH 2012 Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia. Conference, dinner, award presentations. (Date to be advised) 13-14: Future Forestry Finance: Investment, Growth and Strategic Outlook. Sydney. www. 21: ForestWood 2012. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. A pan-industry conference jointly hosted by the Forest Owners Association, Wood Processors Association, Pine Manufacturers Association, Forest Industry Contractors Association. Supported by Woodco, NZ Farm Forestry Association and Frame & Truss Manufacturers Association. This is the second time that the four organisations have held a joint conference which builds on the successes of previous individual and combined industry events/conferences which have attracted world class speakers and presenters. Fantastic opportunity for organisations and individuals, with a keen interest in forestry, to engage with decision makers and professional specialists from the forestry industry. Visit

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the South Korean government on Malaysian plywood. Eight of the nine plywood producers affected by the anti-dumping duties are from Sarawak. The STIDC will

monitor the pricing of plywood until February next year, after which the appeal would be lodged. The purpose of the price monitoring is to show that any suggestion of dumping has not existed for 12 months.

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Australia’s forest, wood, pulp and paper products industry now has a stronger voice in dealings with government, the community and in key negotiations on the industry’s future, as two peak associations have merged to form a single national association.

STIDC has advised plywood producers affected by the antidumping duties that they could file for a review through the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) after a oneyear period.

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Foreign investment in Chile quadruples to $15bn in 7 years From Page 4

quadrupled to $US15 billion. Copper, which provides onethird of government revenue, has contributed to Chile’s postquake recovery. The Chilean forestry industry now comprises more than 13% of the country’s total exports. Radiata and eucalpyts make up the vast majority these exports. Pulp is the largest contributor to total production, followed by wood-based panels, plywood and lumber. The government is focusing on increasing the already vast acreage of Chile’s radiata and eucalypt plantations as well as opening new industrial plants. More than 70% of Chile’s

forestry production is exported, rising from $US$850 million in 1990 to a record $US3.9 billion in 2006. An estimated $US2.5 billion was invested in the forestry sector between 2006 and 2010. But there are concerns over the poverty rate in southern Chile where the logging industry is the main economic activity. The poverty rate in the region is nearly twice the national average. “In our view, a mature industry like forestry that generates 26% poverty is unsustainable,” says Eduardo Ramírez, senior researcher at the nongovernmental Latin American Cont Page 17

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$45m exit package for contractors

Guidelines for voluntary assistance available online A VOLUNTARY exit package of up to $45 million to assist Tasmanian forestry contractors wishing to leave the industry has been announced by federal Minister for Forestry Joe Ludwig and Tasmania’s deputy premier Bryan Green. The package is part of the $276 million Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement signed by the Prime Minister and the Tasmanian Premier on August 7. Senator Ludwig said the grants would assist Tasmania’s public native forest sector to adjust to the industry downturn and the reduced scale of harvesting. Eligible businesses can apply for exit grants of up to $3 million. Guidelines for voluntary exit grants are available online. “The federal government acknowledges that changes in markets and community values are impacting the forestry sector in Tasmania and these grants will help the industry transition to a more sustainable footing,” Senator Ludwig said. Mr Green said the package was recognition of the impact of industry changes on public native forest businesses. He said the assistance package helps eligible contractor businesses to exit the native forest harvest, haulage and silvicultural contracting sectors.

Applications for the $45 million exit assistance program opened on October 26 and will close on November 23. Meanwhile, Tasmania’s Upper House has backed away from a Liberal motion, calling on members to boycott legislation relating to the forestry peace deal. Instead, it has agreed to a private briefing on the legal advice surrounding a government payment to Gunns Ltd, before deciding its next move. Liberal MLC Vanessa

Joe Ludwig .. grants helping industry transition.

Goodwin called on legislative councillors to ignore bills on the intergovernmental forest agreement, until the state government tabled the legal advice about a $23 million payment to Gunns for its native timber contracts. But the Independent Member for Murchison Ruth Forrest told Parliament the Upper House has a responsibility to scrutinise all legislation. “Any legislation that comes before this House should be considered on its merits.”

Women in Industry THE list of speakers continues to expand for the Women in Industry Conference which starts in Sydney with a networking dinner on November 8 and a full-day forum on November 9. Keynote speaker Philip Bullock, chairman of Skills Australia, will be joined by ministers Kate Ellis, Tanya Plibersek and Kate Lundy. Contact Carolyn Day at cday@

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Complex curves shaped award win for young team of Tassie architects

Structural timber components critical to design TIMBER was a critical structural component of the Australian Timber Design Award winner announced in Melbourne on October 18. The Saffire Freycinet resort on the east coast of Tasmania features a complex curved roof of pre-fabricated structural timber designed by Circa Morris-Nunn Walker of Hobart in collaboration with interior designer Chada. The winners from 100 entrants in the 12th year of the awards were announced to an audience of 150 architects and timber industry ‘ambassadors’ by cricketing legend and registered architect Max Walker at St Pauls Chapter House in Flinders Lane. ‘These complex curves could not have been achieved without the design flexibility of pre-fabricated structural timber – a fact that ultimately gave Saffire the edge over other timber-rich finalists’ – award judges The complex organic forms of the roofs at the resort were achieved only because of the flexibility of the prefabricated timber structural components. The main roof consists of repetitive curved laminated timber beams covered by a plywood ‘skin’, the substrate for the outer flexible membrane roof cladding. Spaced celery top pine (Phyllocladus asplenifolius) battens were used for the interior lining of the ceiling because of their visual appearance and ability to form a continuous undulating surface. Celery top is a native Tasmanian conifer known for its celery-like

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The complex roof form of the Saffire Freycinet resort on the east coast of Tasmania was achieved only because of the flexibility of the prefabricated timber structural components.

phyllodes (leaves). It is a conifer and technically a softwood yet known for its tough, durable, fine grained timber. Its wood varies from a creamy yellow to a darker golden colour, darkening with exposure to sunlight. As an internal and external material, timber integrated well into the design of the resort. The resort’s architects believe there is a direct and obvious relationship between the finely finished interior

timber finishes (timber ceiling boards, veneered wall panels and joinery), the rough sawn external finishes (woven battened privacy screens and vertical timber boarding) and the natural surrounding vegetation (weathered branches and greyish eucalypts). The judges noted how the organic curves of the resort roofs rise gradually above the bush like small hills, reminiscent of the gentle peaks of the

Resort lounge .. as an internal material, timber integrated well into the flowing design of the resort.

nearby Hazard Ranges. “These complex curves could not have been achieved without the design flexibility of prefabricated structural timber – a fact that ultimately gave Saffire the edge over other timber-rich finalists,” they said. Saffire is noteworthy, moreover, for the young age of its design team and for the effective interior design collaboration between Circa Morris-Nunn Walker and Chada. Architect Peter Walker was presented with the Rising Star Award – a category limited to entrants aged 35 and under. The award recognises emerging designers who don’t have briefs with large budgets to show of their skills. Saffire was imagined as an iconic project to redefine tourism in Tasmania – a lavish 20-suite resort that appeals to a desire to escape and reconnect with nature in a way that doesn’t compromise on expectations of luxury or comfort. The project site is located within what is extensively a natural coastal landscape on the east coast of Tasmania, overlooking Great Oyster Bay and the Hazard Ranges of Freycinet national park. It was therefore important that the building related to this native environment through the use of materials as much as through siting and form. Circa Morris-Nunn Walker added a successful run on the awards taking the Public or Commercial Buildings Award, sponsored by Hurford Hardwoods, Lismore, NSW, and the Northern Regional Award, sponsored by Boral Timber.

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Tarremah Hall .. built almost exclusively from plantation radiata.

A carbon sink of engineered wood wins prize trophy HOBART architects James Morrison and Yvette Breytenback contributed a high point to the Australian Timber Design Awards in Melbourne winning both the Australian Forestry Standard award for certification and the coveted Sanderson Trophy for the use of plywood, LVL and wood panels presented by the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia. The perpetual trophy, first awarded in 2007, has now been won by three Tasmanian architects, including Birrelli Architects and Vos Construction and Joinery, both based in Launceston. This year’s winner, the large timber-based Tarremah Steiner school hall and music room in the new Hobart suburb of Huntingfield, used structural

radiata, plywood and hoop pine panelling from AFS certified forests. The roof and floor trusses were a striking economical feature using identical timber crosssections to the wall framing. The building’s structure is a carbon sink constructed almost exclusively from plantation grown 140 x 45 mm MGP 10 pine with very little concrete and steel. Structural strength to span the 16.5 m cross-section and 6.7 m height of the hall is achieved by encasing ladder frames in plywood. Roof and floor trusses, and wall framing all use the same cross section in a structurally and cost efficient system. Austral Ply B grade hoop pine plywood was used for all linings Cont Page 10

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Timber cladding left to weather naturally From Page 9

and panelling. Three spaces, two boxes and a linking element – this simple design concept for the Tarremah Steiner school hall and subsidiary spaces belies the complex set of requirements it meets and delivers. First and foremost, it achieves optimal, cost effective, multifunctional spaces: the hall with a sprung floor and engineered acoustics accommodates theatrical and musical performance, school gatherings, indoor basketball, volleyball and badminton; the stage doubles as a learning space, the foyer for meetings; a commercial kitchen is for teaching and catering. The two boxes – the hall and music room – are treated sculpturally. Structural fins internally and externally

Simple design concept .. three spaces, two boxes and a linking element feature in the Tarremah Steiner school hall.

create alcove spaces bringing depth, rhythm and a change of scale to the facades. In the hall, a sculptural ceiling with decorative slotted acoustic panels disperses sound by means of shallow zig-zagged angles. The linking element is a ribbon

of roof over the arrival portico, walkways, secondary spaces and amenities. Low maintenance external macrocarpa cladding will weather to a silver grey and the internal plywood panelling imparts a golden glow to the naturally lit and ventilated

interiors. The acoustically engineered main space of the sports hall has a sprung floor suitable for congregation, performance and indoor basketball, volleyball and badminton. Cladding and linings are either timber or a compressed mineral sheet that has no conventional cement content. Carefully detailed external macrocarpa timber cladding is left to weather naturally. Practically no applied finishes are used; the hall and music room interior walls are oiled to a height of 3 m using natural nontoxic oil. Energy efficiency is achieved in a number of innovative ways. A solar wall on the north façade of the hall provides solar-heated fresh air whenever the sun shines without compromising the thermal envelope.

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People’s vote: glulam campus building A UNIVERSITY campus building highlighted by a folded timber façade was a clear winner for the People’s Choice Award. The second appearance of this category in the Australian Timber Design Awards again proved immensely popular with the general public and designers alike. The opportunity to vote on this award was given to visitors to the timber awards web site during August and September. All entrants where displayed on the site providing up to six images of each project and giving each visitor the opportunity to make one selection only. More than 2500 votes were cast before the voting system was locked down and the winner found. The winning microscopy building, entered by S2F Architecture, Melbourne, is the centrepiece of a composition

of 70% timber used in the structure, cladding and internal features was highly commended in the Residential Class 1 New Buildings category. Lilypad House, entered by Berlina Projects, featured a distinctive shape and roof structure repeated through the building. The Gwinganna Health Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland utilised varying forms and species of timber in a myriad of applications portraying the material’s versatility.

Michael Woodlock, business manager, Cabot’s Premium Woodcare Brands (second from left) presents the People’s Choice Award to Clinton Murray, Vaughn Lane and Victor De Bates of S2F Architecture, Melbourne.

of buildings on the University of Wollongong Innovation Campus. Glue laminated timber portal frames up to 700 mm deep make up the primary structural system. This ensures a clear span of 12 m over the microscope suites on the

ground floor. The timber portals are oil-finished and expressed internally. The folded timber façade profile is created by fixing gang-nailed timber trusses vertically off the side of the stud frame. A unique house in Sydney’s eastern suburbs consisting

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Recycled wood wins for sustainability NOWADAYS most people tend to follow the pattern of integrating objects and landscape when they choose to build their house. This is what Jeremy Wolveridge succeeded to do in Victoria, with a high plain house. At the first sight, it is a house like any other house, but at a close look, you get to see the differences – it’s built from a wide collection of recycled timbers including ironbark, messmate and plywood. The building won the Sustainability Award, sponsored by Weathertex and was highly commended in the recycled timber category, sponsored by Kennedy Classic Aged Timbers.

Lilypad House .. timber dominates.

High Plains House .. takes its cues from Victorian-era farm structures.

This structure is built from a number of recycled timbers including internal plywood wall and ceiling lining which is recycled from Pilkington site delivery crates. The vaulted

ceiling lining is off-cuts from structural beams milled for recycled flooring. Elsewhere recycled Baltic pine flooring is used to line a large sliding wall panel and basement hatch, due

to its light weight. The first aspect that draws the attention is the rectilinear plan of the building; there is an attempt to create a typical Australian exterior, which means a palette of natural materials and craftsmanship that recalls childhood memories. The panels of windows frame the views over the surrounding area, a typical Australian landscape. This project incorporates an extensive consideration of sustainable passive and system design principles. Orientation is northwest for private outlook and solar orientation and the southeast, to capture views of distant Macedon.

Capturing the elements .. Gwinganna Health Retreat.

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Anthony Marucic of Berlina Projects accepts the highly commended award for Residential Class 1 New Buildings for Lilypad House.

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Almost half of New Zealand’s timber harvest in the second quarter this year was shipped overseas in log form.

NZ log exports at record levels

Processed at China sawmills LOG exports from New Zealand continue to rise at a record pace, with almost one-third of the country’s timber harvest processed at sawmills in China. The high demand for logs from overseas has increased domestic sawlog prices to their highest levels in 15 years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Log exports from New Zealand this year are set to reach a record high. During the first eight months, total shipments were 25% higher than the same period last year (54% higher by value) and total exports for 2011 may reach as high as 13 million cub m, which is more than a doubling from just three years ago. It is worth noting that almost half of the timber harvest in the second quarter this year was shipped overseas in log form and that almost one-third of the timber harvest in New Zealand is shipped to Chinese sawmills. While log exports have increased substantially this year as demand rises in China, lumber exports have actually declined from last year. This highlights the concern in the industry that domestic sawmills

increasingly have difficulty competing for logs with the log exporters and thus may have to reduced production and the layoff of employees. Sawlog costs for domestic sawmills have continued to go up during 2011 because of competition from the export market. Pine sawlog prices reached record highs in the third quarter this year with almost a doubling in US dollar terms from early 2009. With the recent price increases, log costs in New Zealand are just below the Global Sawlog Price Index, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. The steady increase in log exports the past five years may very well continue in the coming 15 years as the theoretical harvest level in New Zealand is set to double to 55 million cub m by 2024. Most observers in the industry agree that, for a number of reasons, this timber harvest scenario is less likely. Depending on market conditions, a more realistic level of annual timber harvests in 15 years would be between 35 and 45 million cub m.

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Wood city to teach engineering skills

Stora Enso uses CLT for multi-storey buildings

FINNISH pulp, paper and wood products manufacturer Stora Enso will undertake a unique wooden construction project in Helsinki, called Wood City, in collaboration with US-based construction company SRV. The aim is to create a worldclass project in which engineering skills can be taught in a practical way and to develop wood architecture. The extraordinary city to be built of wood includes office, hotel and commercial buildings. The first buildings are expected to be completed in 2013. Special attention will be paid to solutions that improve energy efficiency in designing and

constructing the buildings for the area. Stora Enso will supply supporting structures based on its new Urban MultiStorey concept for the buildings totalling 20,000 sq m of floor area in the site. “Development of the new cross laminated timber Urban MultiStorey concept has been not only one of the most important building solution actions in strengthening our strategy, but also the start of a totally new future for construction,” says Hannu Kasurinen, executive vicepresident, Stora Enso Wood Products.

“The concept, which is especially suitable for energyefficient construction, is a more competitive and flexible total solution for our customers than other construction solutions for multiple-storey buildings globally. In addition to rapid construction, the major advantage of the concept is cost-effective construction of impermeable, fire-resistant and long-lasting wooden buildings.” The Urban Multistorey concept offered throughout Europe features a variety of Stora Enso wood products. In addition to CLT boards the total solution utilises pillar beams and various external and interior cladding

products. CLT timber is an innovative massive building system for single and multi-family residential buildings, multistorey residential and commercial buildings and for special applications in structural timber constructions. “Wood City, the eight-storey high Bridgeport House in London, a shopping centre in Vienna and the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia are all real proof points of projects in which Stora Enso’s building solutions have a key role, heralding the dawning of a new era of wood construction,” Mr Kasurinen said.

New Virigina warehouse reason to celebrate in Brisbane

Getting together at a Brisbane dinner to celebrate the opening of Stora Enso Australia’s new warehouse at Virginia, are company executives Christian Winlof, sales support manager (overseas) from Sweden, Matthew Wood, managing director, Melbourne, Kurt Schrammel, vice-president, marketing and sales (overseas), from Austria, with Jack Moore, P&O Port Services, Brisbane (on right).

Darrin Wheeler, national sales director, Stora Enso Australia, welcomes Feroz and Hussein Sabdia of Mitre 10 Browns Plains to the Brisbane function.

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Travelling friends catch up .. Kurt Schrammel, vicepresident, marketing and sales, Stora Enso, Brand Austria, and Alex Chan, Stora Enso’s divisional sales director (timber), based in Hong Kong.

Enjoying the Stora Enso Australia dinner evening are Bob McMaster, manager, Redland Bay Roof Trusses, Redland Bay, Sean Hale, Tooowoomba Truss and Frame, and David Compton, state manager, Boral Timber.

Helen Pham, Melbourne-based supply chain manager, and Michael Dixon of Stora Enso Australia (centre), welcome Michael Dixon, area manager, Boral Timber, Northgate, (left) and Col Jefferson and Roger Davis of Advanced Truss Systems, Brisbane.

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Predicting and managing the impacts of commercial plantations on catchment water balances (University of Melbourne)

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Timber beams instead of Steel Beams in Housing Construction (TDA NSW)

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Performance of headrig operators in sawmills (Solid Wood Initiative)

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Caution needed on new WHS laws

Independent analysis to determine impact on industry AN industry forum in Brisbane last week focused on new ‘nationally harmonised’ work, health and safety laws, providing insight for more than 50 timber traders as they prepare for changes taking effect from January 1 next year. Workplace health and safety experts and industry speakers discussed how the new laws will impact on workers and employers, as well as other key WHS issues. In 2008, workplace relations ministers from around Australia agreed to nationally harmonise

Talking workplace, health and safety in Brisbane .. Jim Burgess, resource and environment manager, Timber Queensland, Stacey Loony, custom services manager, WorkCover Queensland (north region), Jo Kitney, director, Kitney Occupational Health & Safety, and Matt Bannan, customer services manger, WorkCover Queensland (north region).

WHS laws. Legislation sets out legal duties and operating requirements that are to be applied on a nationally consistent basis to all parties responsible for work health and safety and will be supported in the future by nationally consistent regulations and codes of practice. Amendments applying specifically in the building and construction industry are

designed to create wholeof-project relationships and will aim to improve safety, compliance and rehabilitation and influence cultural change in the industry. “The idea of a harmonising across all jurisdictions is essentially a good idea, but the timber industry needs to carefully examine the new legislation,” Timber Queensland chief executive Rod McInnes said. “The changes will mean health and safety will be represented by someone from the workplace who will have significant statutory powers. We’re not suggesting we shouldn’t have safer workplaces, but we must be sure there is an element of natural justice in the way the whole process works.” Mr McInnes said Timber Queensland was considering appointing an independent authority to scrutinise the legislation and determine its impacts on the industry.”

Conferring on safety in the workplace are Dot Carter and Nev Sampson of Seapall Pallets, Kilcoy, Rod McInnes, chief executive, Timber Queensland, and Ross Simon, Sid’s Place, Toowoomba. Exchanging viewpoints on workplace safety are Ray Titmarsh of Gill and Co, Cleveland and Michael Kennedy of Kennedy’s Classic Aged Timbers, Narangba.

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Congress leaders ‘fret’ over Lacey Act

Law targeted after federal raids on Gibson guitars TWO US congressional leaders have filed a bill to amend the Lacey Act, a century-old environmental law that was last amended in 2008. Jim Cooper (Nashville Democrat) and Marsha Blackburn (Brentwood Republican) seek to amend the major US environmental law in response to recent federal raids on Nashville-based Gibson Guitar, the iconic manufacturer under investigation for violating that law by illegally importing endangered species of woods. The amendment would protect musicians whose older guitars, violins or other instruments were built from woods that are now considered endangered (and illegal to import) from any sanctions. Given that the vast majority of tropical hardwood goes into flooring and furniture, with only 1% or so in musical instruments, it’s hard to understand the logic behind these raids. Such specific laws apply to many products, not just timber. Industry observers say the question needs to be asked, is it right to have a law that makes only timber buyers liable to ensure their suppliers comply with all export laws, but to exempt all other importers

Plucked .. Nashville guitar players targeted in century-old environmental law.

such as those bringing in food, clothing, manufactured goods and cars? The revised bill, which Cooper says has bipartisan support in the US House of Representatives, would: • Exempt guitars, antiques and other items manufactured before May 22, 2008 (when wood protections were added), from the ban on importing or exporting endangered woods. • Require federal agencies to compile and make public a database of the wood import and export laws for each nation. • Eliminate penalties for those who ‘unknowingly’ violate the


Lacey Act. • Reduce the paperwork required for importers and exporters of plant and wood products. “This will free Nashville guitar players, the Nashville symphony – every musician you can think of – to play their instrument without fear of federal control,” Cooper said. While raids on Gibson Guitars’ offices by federal agents in August “highlighted the need to improve the Lacey Act,” the congressional proposal would have no direct impact on the ongoing investigation into Gibson, Cooper said. “We don’t interfere with an existing investigation,” the congressman said. “This case has its own history; it goes back to 2009, and it’s very complicated. My effort is to improve the law going forward.” The Cooper-Blackburn Bill is

the latest political development after raids by US Fish and Wildlife Service agents on the Nashville and Memphis facilities of Gibson Guitar. Federal agents seized 25 pallets of ebony imported from India as well as computer hard drives, import documents and guitars. It was the second raid in two years on the 117-year old guitar maker, based on suspicions the company had imported certain wood materials in violation of the Lacey Act. Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz has denied the allegations, while at the same time criticising the Lacey Act’s requirement that US companies comply with the environmental laws of other countries. Federal authorities have tried to downplay that issue, telling Marsha Blackburn that no one who “unknowingly” transported instruments made from illegal woods would be prosecuted.

Chilean customers sensitive

international customers for Chilean wood and paper pulp are becoming increasingly “sensitive to the environmental impact of the companies from which they purchase goods and services”.

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Centre for Rural Development. According to Ramírez, the situation could flare up in either of two directions – “local social conflicts, or economic vulnerability,” because

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Performance of headrig operators in sawmills (Solid Wood Initiative)

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