November 6, 2014
A record attendance of 400 at Frame Australia 2014 held in May highlights the growing interest in pre-fabricated timber framing and engineered wood in building construction, with the largest increase from the building sector which more than doubled.
Delegate survey feedback revealed very high interest in the topics with 98% indicating they would attend again, and 81% of the design and construction delegates preferring the conference be held every year to keep up to date with developments.
Conference Director Kevin Ezard said “With this strong display of support from the building sector, we are pleased to announce a “between year” Frame Australia with conference topics primarily for delegates from building design and construction, to be held on June 1, 2015.
“The theme will be ‘Building with engineered wood construction systems’ with topics covering future planning and housing trends, building design and codes including fire safety, construction system projects, building costs, labour skills and training, plus supply chain requirements.
Kevin added “This new initiative will not alter the existing Frame Australia conference format which is held every 2 years with a focus on engineered timber and the manufacturing of prefabricated timber building systems, with the next event in 2016.
“The conference has been held for the past 16 years and is very popular as a biennial event, which will not be changing” he stated.
The 2014 survey revealed “Supply of timber and wood systems for construction”, and “Residential building with timber panels to lower costs” were of particular relevance to designers and builders, with almost 80% rating the sessions as outstanding.
A highlight was the presentation by Australand Property Group in demonstrating how costs were reduced by 25% in the construction of a 57 apartment 5 storey building in Parkville, completed in 11 months using prefabricated timber framing and floor cassettes.
Delegates from timber supply and frame prefabrication responded with high ratings for “Timber & engineered wood products” and “Truss & frame manufacturing” which indicated the calibre of local and international speakers representing the world’s largest suppliers of timber and wood processing equipment.
Conference speaker Johann Betz, international consultant on prefabrication commented “Frame was a very well organised conference which has its origins in traditional truss and frame manufacture but very rapidly is morphing into arguably the premier event on panelised prefabrication in Australasia. I have a feeling the event will keep growing from here”.
The interest shown by delegates from all sectors in the supply chain was very encouraging and confirmed that timber prefabrication and wood products in building is continuing its newfound impetus for both residential and commercial construction.
For more information on the event visit the Frame Australia website www.frameaustralia.com