If 2016 was the start of our virtual reality future, 2017 is the year we’re seeing virtual reality make huge changes to big industries. Not only is VR making strides in the gaming world, it is also showing its application in other less obvious industries like construction and home buying…but is virtual reality in property buying the future?
Are you using certified timber? Timber is a popular building material to use, but it also comes with many key considerations, one of which is the safety and sustainability of the forests from which it comes from. Wood is a valuable and useful commodity, but requires some level of protection to ensure consistent supplies are not depleted and the planet is not harmed through its usage.
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The Founder and Managing Director of BUILT/, Nick Thomas was recently invited to Netsuite’s “SuiteWorld17” annual conference in Las Vegas to talk on stage during a Keynote about how BUILT/ is developing a new concept for a building materials supplier, utilising the Netsuite platform. Watch Nick on stage with Branden Jenkins – the RVP of Retail for Oracle + Netsuite – below or read the transcription. Continue reading “BUILT/ Founder & MD speaks at SuiteWorld17”
Timber has always been a popular building material and has been used to construct houses and other buildings for thousands of years. Yet, there was a time when using wood to build fell out of favour (think of the great fire of London!) and was replaced by stone as the number one choice. But in recent years, forward thinking architects, inspired by environmental concerns, have started to re-appraise the ways in which timber structures can be used and the beauty they brings. Continue reading “Four Inspirational Timber Structures”
British timber has a rich and varied history in the world of construction. Readily accessible and durable, yet naturally flexible, timber has been used for building in Britain for thousands of years. Continue reading “The History of British Timber”
Timber is available in a wide range of appearances and quality types. Its appearance is defined by the wood itself, its grain, any knots and whether any fungi growth has been allowed to occur for a spalted effect. There are several hundred different types of timber available and prices will vary wildly depending on the quality, strength, age and rarity of the wood. Continue reading “Is your timber making the grade?”
Timber harvesting is an essential part of the timber sourcing process – in both environmental and economical terms. With an industry supply chain that’s forecast to generate around £1 billion GVA for the UK by 2020, it employs numerous workers and pumps a vast amount of capital into the country.
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Typically, when you buy timber, you will find yourself presented with two options – treated timber or untreated timber. Continue reading “Treated Timber – Our Quick Timber Guide:”
Anyone who works with timber will understand and appreciate its many benefits; its structural strength, flexibility and its relatively low embodied carbon construction. However, something that certainly doesn’t come with the same level of appreciation is the time it takes to track down quality timber from a reliable supplier that won’t bow or twist before its even arrived on site. The ability to find and select quality timber that will keep its shape is an important skill for anyone in the trade. The first step towards achieving this is to understand why timber will bow, twist, bend and cup, so when you are locating the good stuff, you know what to look out for. Continue reading “Finding Good Quality Timber”
What is CLS Timber?
Canadian Lumber Standard timber – abbreviated to CLS – became popular in Canada for building timber-framed houses. CLS timber is crafted from kiln-dried spruce, pine or fir (whitewood). It is planed and finished with eased edges to create precise tolerances. It offers an aesthetically pleasing finish and also enables easier application of stains, paints and preservatives.