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. Calling all Third Level CollegesThanks to all students who entered the 2014 Third Level Student Wood Awards. The Wood Marketing Federation and Wood-NI also acknowledge the input of college staff especially lecturers and course co-ordinators. Details of the 2015 awards will be announced next January.
WOOD AWARDS IRELAND 2014
We would like to thank all those who entered Wood Awards Ireland 2014. The standard was extremely high in all categories and members of the judging panel have met on five occasions to assess the entries including site visits to 20 projects during September and October. They have reduced the number of entries from 64 to a shortlist of 18.
Booking now closed for Wood Awards Ireland Gala Dinner in Dublin Castle,
November 28. No more places available.
A number of companies involved in the Irish forestry and forest products industry – including timber processing and manufacturing – have expressed an interest in attending the awards. Please see the Wood Awards Booking Form and Wood Awards Gala Evening for further information.
Booking now closed
A GALA EVENT IS BEING HELD IN GEORGE’S HALL, DUBLIN CASTLE
ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014
TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF THE WOOD MARKETING FEDERATION (WMF)
AND TO ANNOUNCE THE WOOD AWARDS IRELAND 2014 WINNERS
ORGANISED BY WMF AND SUPPORTED BY RIAI
Michael Warren sculptures for winners of Wood Awards Ireland
Wood Awards Ireland Prize for overall winner by Michael Warren in yew
Wood Awards Ireland Prize for category winner by Michael Warren in elm