May 5, 2015
The world’s major producers of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) for the first time will attend Frame Australia 2015 conference and exhibition with displays of the latest technologies and construction materials in this increasingly popular engineered wood building system.
To be held on Monday June 1 at the Park Hyatt Melbourne, the event will comprise speaker presentation sessions and an exhibition display on the theme ‘Building with engineered wood construction systems’ with the nation’s leading experts in timber and construction.
CLT is rapidly becoming the building material of the future with similar characteristics to pre-cast concrete panels, but lighter, more easily worked and easier to erect, with adoption globally as a more sustainable alternative to traditional building practice.
Architects, engineers and builders have acknowledged CLT as an excellent panel product for integration into construction of multi-residential and commercial buildings, providing many advantages from design freedom, cost savings, and environmental credentials.
Prominent architects Fitzpatrick+Partners have designed a number of CLT buildings including a 9 level hotel in Sydney, and developer Lend Lease has built a 10 storey apartment building in Melbourne’s Docklands, with more apartment developments now underway to be outlined at the Frame conference.
World-wide CLT suppliers at Frame 2015 include the well-known KLH from Austria, with local technical support and distribution by Tilling SmartStruct, and major supplier Stora Enso from Europe with extensive facilities and distribution in Australia.
Newcomers include Agrop Nova from the Czech Republic, one of the largest manufacturers of solid wood multi-layer panels in many timber species, seeking to enter the market in Australia with a CLT product range including both structural and visual grade surfaces.
From New Zealand, XLam is the only manufacturer of CLT in the Southern Hemisphere, encouraging communication from customers and consultants at project inception, and providing a service tailored to meet building project needs and sequencing. Principal Supporter of the Frame 2015 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.