De­sign­ers pre­dict more tim­ber build­ings

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

THE COM­PLETE supply chain for tim­ber and wood prod­ucts, pre­fab­ri­ca­tion and build­ing ma­te­ri­als has a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity from the emerg­ing new mar­ket of build­ings de­signed in tim­ber and en­gi­neered wood con­struc­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Rod Pin­dar, a prin­ci­pal at Fitzpatrick + Part­ners, the Aus­tralian build­ing de­sign in­dus­try will move to­wards tim­ber con­struc­tion in com­ing years.

He said in an in­ter­view for Ar­chi­tec­ture & De­sign: “We’d like to see build­ings get built in tim­ber, we’d like to see multi-storey com­mer­cial build­ings built in par­tic­u­lar.

“The more that peo­ple start to un­der­stand the pos­si­bil­i­ties (of tim­ber) and the more the de­tail­ing and knowl­edge of how to price it, how it works on site, it’s only go­ing to be used more and more.”

The Frame 2015 con­fer­ence and ex­hi­bi­tion in Mel­bourne will dis­cuss the rea­sons for greater use of tim­ber in de­sign of res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial build­ings, which is now mov­ing for­ward in Aus­tralia.

Con­fer­ence Direc­tor Kevin Ezard said the 2015 con­fer­ence theme would be ‘Build­ing with en­gi­neered wood con­struc­tion sys­tems’ to meet the in­creas­ing in­ter­est from de­sign­ers and builders. “There has been a global trend to greater use of tim­ber in con­struc­tion, and Aus­tralia is now un­der way with tim­ber build­ings up to 5 and 7-storeys planned for com­ple­tion in the next few years.

“Com­mer­cial builders con­sid­er­ing tim­ber and wood for multi-res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion are find­ing these sys­tems can be a lower cost op­tion by up to 25% com­pared to tra­di­tional steel and con­crete.

“Del­e­gates at­tend­ing Frame Aus­tralia will learn from case stud­ies and analysis of these build­ing sys­tems, and also visit ex­hi­bi­tion dis­plays for new build­ing prod­ucts and in­for­ma­tion on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments and new tech­nolo­gies.

“Companies in the supply chain to build­ing mar­kets are in­vited to visit the Frame Aus­tralia web­site for de­tails of the op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in this unique event,” he con­cluded.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Frame Aus­tralia 2015 visit the web­site www.frameaus­

Li­brary at Dock­lands -- three level all-tim­ber build­ing by Lend Lease.

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