Changing face of timber manufacture, technology and design
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