Wood is the most versatile, renewable and sustainable resource on the planet. Timber is the oldest construction material, first used in the primeval forest as rough shelters. Sophisticated wood construction dates to timber frame buildings in China 10,000 years ago. Wood used in building for structural and non-structural applications has a significantly lower carbon footprint than materials that use fossil fuels during manufacture.
Our global forests capture 2.3 billion tonnes of carbon annually from the atmosphere according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2000). Timber from sustainably managed forests, converted into construction timber, furniture and other wood products act as carbon stores, often for centuries. In Scandinavia, timber houses and churches still survive from the 13th century. Wood is enjoying a major revival in Ireland after centuries of exploitation.
The Wood Marketing Federation was set up in 1989 to increase the knowledge and understanding of wood and wood products and to promote its use in construction and design.
The Federation forms partnerships with a wide range of companies and organisations – State and private – who share our mission: To promote wood as a renewable, sustainable and versatile natural material Please visit the other areas of our site to see the work, publications and promotional initiatives in which the WMF are involved.
The Irish Timber Information Centre (ITIC) was established in 2015 by the Wood Marketing Federation (WMF) in collaboration with the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG).
The main objective of this initiative is to provide information on a wide range of timber issues relevant to stakeholders working in wood including architects, engineers, designers, builders, timber preservation specialists, third level colleges, wood workers and other specifiers. ITIC also prepares literature on timber design, construction, usage and preservation.
The Wood Marketing Federation believes that ITIC can play a key part in advancing the spread of knowledge on a wide range of wood related topics. It is compatible with most of our other projects which have a strong promotional and educational content because we recognise that there is still a lack of information relating to wood usage and design specific to Ireland.
In this regard it will play a major role in achieving our mission to promote wood as a renewable, sustainable and versatile natural material.
ITIC is supported by the WMF, COFORD, NUIG and stakeholders in the forestry and forest products sector as it meets the following Federation objectives:
- Quality – supporting the development of the highest standards.
- Education – increasing the knowledge and understanding of wood and wood products.
- Innovation – promoting and encouraging new uses and applications for wood. The ITIC project is compatible with the WMF mission to promote wood as a renewable, sustainable and versatile natural material. ITIC provides:
- Information to timber specifiers in architecture, engineering, design, processing, preservation and building as well as third level students and researchers.
- The Irish timber industry with a single point of contact for technical and regulatory information.
- Website information to reflect queries directed at ITIC.
- Information on aspects of wood such as the compilation of literature on wood testing centres in Ireland and the UK, wood processing, engineered wood and certification.
Click on the ITIC icon and complete the form. Queries will be answered as soon as possible after consultation in-house or with experts in Wood Technology Ireland (WTI).
WOOD AWARDS IRELAND 2016
Wood Awards Ireland to be presented in Farmleigh House on November 17.
The Wood Marketing Federation has reduced 41 entries to a shortlist of 20 for Wood Awards Ireland (WAI) 2016.
This is the second competition which promotes wood usage to designers, architects, engineers, craftspeople and other specifiers.
WAI is compatible with the aims and objectives of the sponsors and with the Federation’s mission to promote wood as a renewable, sustainable and versatile natural material.
Specially commissioned sculptures by Michael Warren will be presented to the overall and caterory winners. The categories are:
- Large-scale buildings
- Small-scale residential buildings
- Restoration and conservation
- Structural – timber bridges boardwalks, shelters, decking, etc.)
- Furniture – bespoke and production
- Innovation and other including three subcategories: ‘Wood Local’, ‘Wood Innovate’ and ‘Woodwork’
- New entrants, aimed at start up businesses or enterprises.
- International wood award under categories 1-8 supported by Enterprise Ireland.
The WMF acknowledges generous funding and sponsorship from:
- COFORD – National Council for Forest Research & Development, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
- AHEC – American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC)
- Enterprise Ireland.
Sculptor Michael Warren (left) discusses his plans to design main award and category winner sculptors the for Wood Awards Ireland with Donal Magner, secretary WMF.
Ciaran O’Connor (left), State Architect and chair of Wood Awards Ireland judging panel with fellow judge Des O’Toole, Coillte.
THIRD LEVEL STUDENT WOOD AWARDS 2016
Minister Andrew Doyle presents top wood awards to Limerick, Dublin and Galway students
Minister of State with responsibility for forestry Andrew Doyle (second from the right) presented the Wood Marketing Federation (WMF) Third Level Student Wood Awards in the National Botanic Gardens with (from left) Duncan Stewart, architect, TV presenter and member of WMF judging panel, Paul Harvey, WMF chair, Matt Collins, University of Limerick, winner of the engineering award and Gerard Murphy, managing director, Coillte Forest, the main sponsors of the annual awards.
Further information: STUDENT WOOD AWARDS
Wood Mobilisation Forestry Conference
The National Forestry Conference “Wood Mobilisation” held in Enfield on July 1 heard how international developments such as the Arab Spring uprisings and the housing market in China affect wood mobilisation and price in Ireland. While local issues dominated the conference, international topics were also discussed by speakers who reminded the audience that Ireland now exports most of its sawn timber and virtually all panel board products.
Contributors to the Wood Mobilisation conference in Enfield organised by the Wood Marketing Federation (WMF) and the Society of Irish Foresters (SIF). Front row: Alex Kelly, manager Irish Wood Producers; Justin McCarthy, editor, Irish Farmers Journal, Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State; Fergal Leamy, CEO, Coillte; Dr. Aine Ni Dhubhainn, associate professor, UCD. Back row: Dr. Niall Farrelly, president SIF; Noel Kenna, MD, Roundwood Timber Ltd.: Paul Harvey, chairman, WMF; Daragh Little, chairman, Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association; Richard Lowe, Coillte, director of sales and marketing; Dr. Eugene Hendrick, senior inspector, Forest Service and COFORD; Brendan Lacey chairman Irish Timber Growers Association; Donal Magner, secretary WMF; John Ryan, forestry manager, Murray Timber Group.