April 22, 2015
The nation’s leading experts in timber and engineered wood construction will discuss the rapidly evolving trend to ‘Building with engineered wood construction systems’ at the Frame Australia 2015 conference and exhibition on Monday 1 June at Park Hyatt Melbourne. In just a few years, major developers and builders in Australia have emerged as potential world leaders in utilising timber and engineered wood in construction of multi-residential and commercial buildings.
Andrew Dunn of the Timber Development Association said “the Australian construction industry is actually outpacing other countries in the growth of timber buildings, with some 30 major developments nationally being either planned, or have commenced construction.
“We see this trend continuing with prefab timber and engineered wood construction systems gathering wide support in residential buildings of medium density 3 to 5 storeys, and high rise up to 9 and 10 storeys” he added.
A highlight at the conference is prominent architect James Fitzpatrick who will discuss utilising CLT construction over 9 levels high for a boutique hotel development in Sydney, and other benchmark projects featuring engineered wood construction.
A number of recently completed projects in both lightweight and mass timber will be discussed for comparison of costs, speed of construction, and building performance for residential and office buildings by Australand and other developers.
Topics will include building codes and engineering design to provide specialised information for building designers and other professionals, in conjunction with cutting edge technologies for construction systems.
Principal Supporter of the event is FWPA’s WoodSolutions Program, a major resource for designers and builders in providing access to information on timber products and technical data to assist in specification. Eileen Newbury of FWPA explained “The conference program will provide comprehensive hands-on information that will assist designers attain the benefits available from building with timber and wood in residential and commercial developments”