The Jones ef­fect

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

NEWS THAT PROP­ERTY EXPERT SIR BOB Jones will build a tall tim­ber com­mer­cial build­ing in Welling­ton, New Zealand’s most re­cent earth­quake-af­fected cen­tre, is a huge step for­ward for wood in com­mer­cial build­ing.

It’s no se­cret to wood man­u­fac­tur­ers. Dr Jon Tan­ner, who leads the Wood Pro­ces­sors and Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (WPMA), says tim­ber makes sense in tall build­ings, es­pe­cially for earth­quake safety and re­duced con­struc­tion time. Now a na­tional con­fer­ence in Ro­torua is set to spread the mes­sage even wider.

Ti­tled ‘Chang­ing Per­cep­tions of En­gi­neered Tim­ber in Con­struc­tion’, it runs on Septem­ber 28, straight af­ter the two-day WoodTech con­fer­ence at Ro­torua’s Dis­tinc­tion Ho­tel.

It fol­lows the same for­mat as last year’s in­au­gu­ral en­gi­neered wood one-day con­fer­ence, says or­gan­iser, John Stulen, of event spe­cial­ists, In­no­vatek.

Lead­ing com­pa­nies in the in­dus­try, like XLAM in Nel­son, are well-versed in en­gi­neered wood prod­ucts. WPMA and tim­ber de­sign en­gi­neers have been work­ing hard to get the mes­sage out to build­ing own­ers, devel­op­ers and spec­i­fiers for years. So it’s re­ward­ing to see our best­known prop­erty per­son­al­ity tak­ing up the op­por­tu­nity, says Mr Stulen.

The one-day con­fer­ence in Ro­torua is aimed at help­ing to change per­cep­tions of tim­ber in com­mer­cial build­ings. Mr Stulen says its time we caught up with our Aus­tralian col­leagues, who al­ready have sev­eral tall tim­ber projects on the go. More de­tails are at

• De­tails of the project by Sir Robert Jones are in our NZ Tim­ber fea­ture on page 44.


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