March 10, 2016
A major breakthrough for the construction sector to consider taller timber buildings is the 2016 National Construction Code (NCC), which includes provisions for the use of both lightweight and mass timber construction up to an effective building height of 25m (up to 8 storeys), effective from May this year.
In a coincidence of timing, the national Frame Australia 2016 conference and exhibition is being held on Monday 23 May at Park Hyatt Melbourne with the theme “Building construction with prefabricated timber and engineered wood”.
Presentations will cover the NCC changes and new building opportunities, with topics for delegates from both sectors of prefabricated timber and engineered wood; and building design and construction; held in parallel sessions to enable a one day program.
Conference Director Kevin Ezard said “Commercial property developers are seeking more efficient methods to meet the challenges of construction time and cost, with new solutions now emerging from the utilisation of timber building systems”.
“Timber and engineered wood construction is a viable alternative to current systems, providing much faster construction, substantial safety improvements, less complexity on building sites, and lower overall construction costs”.
Kevin added “We have expert international speakers on new technologies in automated manufacture of timber frames and panellised floor and roof systems that are common in Europe and North America, and are rapidly gaining popularity in Australia”.
“And I am very pleased WoodSolutions will continue their role as exclusive “Principal Supporter” for this year’s conference, to assist in expanding awareness of new timber building systems emerging in Australia, for the benefit of all designers and specifiers”.
He concluded “we have some exhibition booths still available for Frame 2016 to provide suppliers a unique opportunity to showcase their market offer and interact with delegates from building design and construction; engineered wood; and prefab timber systems”.