September 1, 2011
Building designers and developers are suggesting a timber revolution is underway in Australia, with an increasing number of residential and commercial buildings being designed in timber and engineered wood.
Architects are leading the trend with innovative buildings in timber that offer high accuracy and design flexibility at lower cost in decorative and structural applications, utilising both timber framing and mass timber systems such as LVL, Glulam and CLT.
A key driver behind this ‘new thinking’ in design and construction is the move by many State Governments to increase the density and height of housing in the inner and middle suburbs, to check the increasing sprawl of our major city boundaries.
However, property developers and builders face the challenge of reducing costs for medium-density and infill construction to ensure housing affordability.
This can be achieved with prefabricated timber building systems from increased speed of construction, reduced labour on-site, improved health and safety, higher building quality, and lower overall development costs.
These future opportunities will be comprehensively discussed at the Frame Australia 2015 conference and exhibition themed ‘Building with engineered wood construction systems’ to be held at Park Hyatt Melbourne on June 1, 2015.
Conference Director Kevin Ezard said “Following our Frame Australia conference in May 2014, feedback from the design and construction delegates was overwhelming with 81% interested in more information on off-site building solutions”
“They also wanted another conference next year, so we have arranged the sessions program primarily for designers, developers, builders, and professional services to the residential and commercial construction markets”.
“The session topics will cover future housing trends; global and local building solutions; Building Codes and fire safety engineering, building project examples; labour skills and training; construction costs analysis; and supply chain requirements”.
He concluded “With the timber revolution underway we look forward to receiving delegates from design and construction, and also welcome enquiries from Exhibitors for the conference display area, which has been an important feature for the 300 to 400 attendees during the past 16 years of the event”.
For more information on the event visit the Frame Australia website www.frameaustralia.com