Wood Protection Association
2022 Awards & Conference
Event held 29 - 30th June 2022
It was another great year for the WPA annual event. The Awards celebrate all that is good in the timber industry – we saw some fantastic construction projects. There was actual networking with colleagues in the same room - not over Zoom and learning and collaborating at conference.
These Awards are a showcase for all that’s best about the wood protection sector of the timber industry and recognise excellence in areas that are vital to business success.
This year the trophies have been crafted from Accoya® Color from Accsys and utilises unique technology to produce a new wood product which is coloured grey from surface to core. The grey colour pre-empts the process of natural weathering, ensuring a consistently beautiful appearance from day one.
Flame Retardant Treated Wood Project of the Year
Sponsored by Impra
Awarded to Illulissat Icefjord Centre, Greenland.
Interior oak panels adorn this fantastic building -treated with Woodsafe PRO.
Modified Wood Project of the Year
Sponsored by Teknos
Winner Accsys (Accoya)
Awarded for Google HQ, London - currently under construction.
(CGI image Copyright Google)
left to right: Jon Mears (Teknos) presents to Justin Peckham (Accsys).
Preservative Treated Wood Project of the Year
Sponsored by Koppers
Awarded for the use of CitiDeck anti-slip decking construction at Clifford's Tower, York (image: English Heritage).
left to right: Paul Cave (Koppers) presents to Laura Qualters (Marley)
Trader of the Year
Sponsored by Arxada
Winner BSW Timber
Awarded for outstanding customer service, marketing initiatives and good trading practice.
left to right: John Abbott (Arxada) presents to James Brennan (BSW)
Making the Most of Wood Conference 2022
Our half day conference starting got to grips with the big issues and talking points of the wood protection industry.
Charlie Law TDUK
The role of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD’s)
What are Environmental Product Declarations and why they hold the key to verifying the sustainability credentials of treated wood and help to overcome misperceptions about the use of durability enhancing wood protection products in construction.
Ed Suttie BRE
WPA field trial of preservative impregnated fence posts – year 7 performance
In 2015 WPA contracted BRE to establish and report on the durability performance of preservative impregnated home grown timber fence posts. The seven-year inspection is currently being carried out and Ed will give conference the highlights of how the spruce, pine, larch and Douglas fir posts are performing.
Dave Hopkins TDUK
TTF Treated wood action plan and progress to QA of treatment processes
Members of the TTF voted overwhelmingly in late 2019 to support a three-stage strategy to grow demand for preservative treated wood. Stages 1 and 2 were focused on raising buyer awareness about how to specify treated wood correctly and identify it correctly in sales materials. Stage 3 was a move to third-party quality verification of the treatment process. Dave will give conference an update on how the Action Plan is working.
Callum Hill JCH Industrial Ecology Ltd
Wood modification: hope or hype?
It's more than 15 years since modified wood technologies started to be used on a commercial scale to enhance the durability of wood. Callum Hill has been at the forefront of modified wood from the outset. Often hailed as the future of treated wood Callum will give conference an overview of the most recent developments and what lies ahead for modified wood.