Changing the way we build in the future

Changing the way we build in the future

May 10, 2018

The sessions program at Frame 2018 ‘Timber Offsite Construction’ will reveal a host of new developments in timber and engineered wood construction and will highlight major developments that are destined to change the way we build in the future.
“Timber is the new concrete – how timber is reshaping the Australian construction landscape” presentation by Rob De Brincat of Atelier Projects explains how major infrastructure projects have increased the construction cost of traditional concrete structures to record levels in Australia. 
Rob stated “the mass timber construction solution is a smarter way to build due to critical design, supply and construction elements that make timber projects both successful and cost effective, ensuring a move by builders to look more closely at the options now becoming available”. 
Another key factor in construction is outlined in “Delivering mass timber projects - Integrated design the way to success” by Philipp Zumbrunnen of Eurban UK who has championed this design approach for 15 years, demonstrated in nearly 300 projects throughout Europe.
“The concept of integrated design, from an architectural concept to delivering a mass timber structure on site, looks at a building from many different aspects of the process from start to finish’.
“Designing mass timber buildings also needs a strong view on fabrication and installation from the start, and a close relationship with the supplier and installers will save money and time” he said.
A relative newcomer to timber prefabrication is the Strongbuild Group, who have burst onto the construction scene with some huge projects mainly in Sydney, and now have a major prefabrication plant producing mass timber CLT and lightweight timber frame buildings. 
Strongbuild’s design manager Simon Xiberras will present “Building project design and construction using the ECI approach” to outline their success using this collaborative relationship-based procurement model.
Simon explained “Early contractor involvement (ECI) leverages the combined experience at the earliest opportunity in the project, to draw upon design and construction expertise at a point when most value can be added for impact directly upon cost, quality, time and constructability”. 
His presentation will include recent examples of this approach with large scale residential developments, including affordable housing development ‘The Gardens’ comprised of 6, 7 and 8 storey apartments, and Aveo Norwest 64 luxury apartments 10 storey development, all using CLT mass timber construction.
The conference sessions program will be comprised of speaker presentations on Monday with primary topics of Building Design, Technology, Manufacturing, and Construction. 
Tuesday will feature panel sessions based on building projects currently underway in Sydney and Melbourne with discussions involving the developers, building designers, contractors, timber and mass wood prefabricators, and specialist suppliers involved in each project.
On Tuesday afternoon delegate tours will visit timber building construction sites; prefabrication and panelised manufacturing plants; and recently completed building projects that are outstanding examples of architectural and engineering design in timber structures.
Frame 2018 titled ‘Timber Offsite Construction’ will be held on Monday and Tuesday 18-19 June at Park Hyatt Melbourne, and for details visit the website 


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