Chang­ing face of tim­ber man­u­fac­ture, technology and de­sign

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

IN RE­CENT years del­e­gates to the an­nual FRAME con­fer­ence and sim­i­lar events in Aus­tralia and New Zealand have wit­nessed and shared a sig­nif­i­cant tim­ber in­dus­try change that could be de­scribed as a dis­rupter within the in­dus­try it­self. There has been a com­pelling trend for off­site pre­fab­ri­cated con­struc­tion sys­tems in tim­ber fram­ing, mass tim­ber (CLT), pre­fab­ri­cated pan­els and mod­u­lar sys­tems. It has been spurred on by the need to achieve faster con­struc­tion times and lower costs.

This has come about largely as a re­sult of grow­ing ur­ban pop­u­la­tions and re­sult­ing prop­erty de­vel­op­ment re­spond­ing to in­creased den­sity of liv­ing trends. With Na­tional Con­struc­tion Code changes in­creas­ing tim­ber build­ing height lim­its and new tim­ber man­u­fac­tur­ing op­tions in­creas­ing, tim­ber has come into greater con­tention as an al­ter­na­tive in a range of build­ing seg­ments.

Cur­rent con­struc­tion meth­ods con­tinue to un­dergo mas­sive changes in a bid to en­sure mar­ket ac­cep­tance en­vi­ron­men­tally, aes­thet­i­cally, cost-wise, safety-wise and time-wise. Added to the man­u­fac­tur­ing op­tions is the recog­ni­tion of tim­ber and wood prod­ucts as a de­sign and liv­ing ma­te­rial that is gain­ing greater ac­cep­tance by builders, ar­chi­tects and en­gi­neers.

In this is­sue, Kevin Ezard an­nounces that next year’s Frame Aus­tralia con­fer­ence ‘Tim­ber Off­site Con­struc­tion’ will fo­cus on the ex­pand­ing lo­cal and global mar­kets for tim­ber build­ings, and the dig­i­tal fu­ture ahead in de­sign, man­u­fac­ture and con­struc­tion of tim­ber frame multi-res­i­den­tial and mass tim­ber com­mer­cial build­ings. It will also fo­cus on cloud based dig­i­tal plat­forms by both the con­struc­tion and man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries, com­bined with new data tech­nolo­gies that have the power to change the fu­ture of the built en­vi­ron­ment

As the lead­ing in­dus­try publi­ca­tion, Aus­tralasian Tim­ber is fully cog­nisant of those changes, and it too is work­ing to pro­vide rel­e­vant and so­lu­tions based con­tent for its read­ers and the mar­ket. One small but sig­nif­i­cant change is ev­i­dent with this is­sue; the mast­head in­dus­try cat­e­gories have changed to high­light our in­dus­try fo­cus going for­ward - MAN­U­FAC­TURE, TECHNOLOGY, DE­SIGN and CON­STRUC­TION.

These are all facets of the in­dus­try that are in al­most con­stant change. Aus­tralasian Tim­ber and its dig­i­tal news site Dai­lyTim­berNews, will con­tinue to keep our read­ers and the mar­ket up to date with recog­nis­able, read­able and rel­e­vant publi­ca­tion con­tent that pro­motes and in­forms your work and prod­ucts to en­sure suc­cess in a chang­ing mar­ket­place.

John Hudswell Ed­i­tor

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