Timber Articles

  • Timber formwork is not sustainable

    Human societies around the world have used timber as a building material for thousands of years. As wood is the only significant biological building material we are naturally inclined to believe that using wood in construction is good for the environment. As a matter of fact the environmental benefits of using timber are not straightforward: although it is a natural product, a large amount of ...


    By Geoplast US Corp.

  • Case study - Factory Rainscreen Façade

    Dortmund System kWp: 45 Area: 6,000 sq. m Inverter: Fronius Modules Used: PS-A-87A A rain screen cladding system for a factory façade on an existing steel and timber frame building utilising a SIKA bonded rain screen system. The installation improved the thermal insulation of the factory whilst making an attractive and overt statement about the factory owner's green ...


    By Polysolar Limited

  • Wormley Primary - Case Study

    Project: Breakfast/After School Club Building Client: Wormley Primary School Completed: Summer 2014 Floor area: 95m² Duration: 6 weeks Value: £105,000 Turnkey service elements ...


    By Modulek

  • Danes Hill School - Case Study

    Project: Classroom building Client: Danes Hill School Completed: Summer 2013 Floor area: 800m² Duration: 6 weeks Value: £800,000 Turnkey service ...


    By Modulek

  • Energy and exergy analyses of vacuum drying process of pine timbers

    In this study, an experimental system for the vacuum drying of timbers is designed. Experiments in the different temperature, pressure and the residence time in vacuum are carried out. The drying experiments are conducted at three different drying temperatures varied between 40°C and 60°C. The drying experiments are conducted at three different pressures varied between 60 kPa and 80 kPa. The ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Consumer affinity to wooden framehouses: a typology of German consumers

    This paper presents a cluster analysis defining eight consumer types with regard to their disposition of choosing timber as predominant construction material for newly constructed houses in Germany. This typology is based on findings from a representative survey among the German population about people's attitudes towards general social issues, environment, wood, forestry, timber as construction ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Evaluating the competitiveness of railways in timber transports with discrete-event simulation

    Railway liberalisation in Europe started with UK's separation of railway operations and infrastructure in the mid-1990s. From the beginning of 2007 freight operations have also been operating under free competition in Finland, where freight volume is dominated by forest industry. New entrants will most probably try to utilise the volume of this largest sub-sector. In this study, we describe and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Industrial development on logging frontiers in the Brazilian Amazon

    In this paper, we review the concept of forest sector industrialisation and technology adoption with the goal of identifying reasons that have shaped the technological development, or lack thereof, in the Brazilian forest sector. The image of the timber industry in the Amazon has been one of excessive harvest, deforestation, and arguable misuse of a renewable resource. In this paper, we use the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Exergy analysis of a wood-stack during dehumidifier drying

    We present a first order model of airflow within the wood stack of a timber dryer during the constant-rate drying period, allowing the exergy destruction and entropy generation rates to be determined for heat, mass and momentum transfer. The effects of varying timber stack and airflow variables on the entropy generation rate are determined. We find that heat transfer is the dominant contribution ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Use of the AccuPAR ceptometer to quantify effects of riparian vegetation removal on stream energy balance

    When the vegetation along a stream bank is removed, the solar load on the stream increases. This results in increased stream water temperature. Elevated stream temperatures degrade freshwater habitats, shifting species composition, and often endangering some of the species that live in the stream. An increasing awareness of this problem has led to thecreation of riparian strips to shade streams ...


    By METER Group, Inc.

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