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.
Wood Mobilisation Forestry Conference
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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.
THIRD LEVEL STUDENT WOOD AWARDS 2016
This year the Wood Marketing Federation (WMF) launches the 11th annual Third Level Student Wood Awards 2016. These are now regarded as the premier awards for third level students of architecture, engineering and design in Ireland who specialise in making work in timber and timber products. The awards are open to students who incorporate wood as an inherent element in their projects. Award winners have gone on to pursue successful careers in wood and related businesses and have exhibited at Irish and international shows. Key dates:
- 7 June 2016Completed application forms Debbie Hackett (Hackett@coillte.ie) Student Wood Awards, Coillte HQ, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow) by 7th June 2014. For further information please phone 01 2015209.
- 16 June 2016 – adjudication at University College Dublin, Newstead Building.
- 7 July – winners announced and prizes presented at a special ceremony held in the National Botanic Gardens, Visitor Centre, Glasnevin, Dublin
Further information: STUDENT WOOD AWARDS
WOOD AWARDS IRELAND 2016 LAUNCHED
The Wood Marketing Federation Council is organising the second Wood Awards Ireland (WAI) in this year following on from the successful 2014 awards. WAI was initiated to promote wood usage and design among architects, engineers, designer and craftspeople. The Federation has secured funding from COFORD, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Coillte and Enterprise Ireland, and administrative support from the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Society of Irish Foresters. We are now issuing invitations to Irish architects, engineers, designer and others working in wood to make submissions to WAI2016 as well as Irish practitioners working overseas.
Wood Awards Ireland will be promoted to an Irish and international audience.
Further information: WOOD AWARDS IRELAND 2016