May 3, 2016
The latest global trends and developments in timber building prefabrication will be showcased at the Frame Australia 2016 Conference and Exhibition “Building construction with prefabricated timber and engineered wood”
Exhibition displays at the event will include timber and engineered wood products; structural timber connectors; design and manufacturing software; digital CAD/CAM production programs; automated equipment for fully completed walls and floors; and more.
The international shift to ‘off-site’ construction systems is gaining pace with prefabrication for assembly on-site, particularly in Europe with some countries now up to 50% of all housing built using fully closed panel floor, wall and roof systems.
A similar trend is underway in Australia, with developers and builders including Lend Lease, Frasers Property, Mirvac, Strongbuild and others participating in automated and robotic production-line manufacture of completed panels for residential buildings.
At Frame 2016 the world’s top companies in manufacturing equipment for timber frames and trusses will provide displays of technology and automation for production of prefabricated panelised timber and CLT mid-rise and high-rise buildings.
Major exhibitors include Hundegger, HOMAG/Weinmann, Randek, Uniteam, BeA and Modular Building Automation who will have global company leaders in attendance, and also speaking in the conference sessions.
Digital data will be a highlight of the hsbCAD and Cadwork Canada displays with software programs for architectural CAD design data creating a 3D model for information to CNC machines, for pre-cutting timber and assembly of panels ready for site installation.
Engineered timber connector designs from Rotho Blaas, Italy, and Simpson Strong-Tie North America will be demonstrated for solutions in mid-rise and high-rise timber building connections, now required with the Building Code height increase to 8 storeys from this month.
Major timber producers Hyne Timber and Stora Enso will provide delegates with updates on supply of structural timber and engineered wood, with emerging new products from local and international production.