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Speaker Profile: Gary Caulfield

Gary has over 30 years experience in the commercial construction industry, across the UK, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. The last 12 having been based in New Zealand working within the pre-fabrication sector. Immediate Past Chairman of PrefabNZ, Gary has been involved in the majority of NZ’s pre-fabrication projects. Read on for more from Gary… Construction innovation goes …

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Speaker Profile: Nick Milestone

Nick is Managing Director of B&K Structures Ltd as well as the Chairman for TRADA UK. Established in 2006 as a trading division of B&K Steelwork Fabrications Ltd (est 1972), the company was originally created to service the needs of retail customers looking for a structural framed solution, using low-carbon sustainable materials. The success and demand for engineered timber structures …

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Jackson Clements Burrows-designed student accommodation gets Passive House tick

Gillies Hall, the new student accommodation building constructed by Multiplex for Monash University on their Peninsula campus in Frankston, has achieved Passive House certification. Featuring a cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction, Gillies Hall not only sets a new benchmark for sustainable design and construction, but is also the first large scale building in the southern hemisphere to achieve Passive House certification. …

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Assertive Architecture Meets Passive House in this One-of-a-Kind Research Facility

As a North American first, built to Passive House standards, this is a research lab that keenly demonstrates its purpose. The facility hosts the University of Northern British Columbia’s Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design, a curriculum that equips current and future industry professionals with cutting-edge expertise in sustainable wood design and construction. The nearly all-wood structure stands assertive …

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MPI: Mid-Rise Wood Construction

The programme aims to encourage the use of New Zealand grown timber, mainly in the form of engineered timber products particularly cross laminated timber (CLT) panels, in the construction of mid-rise buildings using pre-fabrication. Overview Red Stag Investments Ltd, a company with its roots in forestry, wood processing, prefabrication and property development, has partnered with the Ministry for Primary Industries …

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New S$180m building at NTU to be Asia’s largest wooden building

SINGAPORE: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will soon boast Asia’s largest wooden building, the university revealed on Monday (Aug 27). This was announced by Professor Subra Suresh, President of NTU, as part of the university’s five-year plan to advance as a leading global university through a number of what Prof Suresh called “moonshot” projects. The new 40,000 gross sq m academic building will cost …

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A New Restaurant in the U.K. Experiments with Cross-Laminated Timber

The Wildernesse Restaurant, designed by Morris + Company, plays with wood construction and typological precedents, all despite a small budget. The United Kingdom’s county of Kent connects London with the southeast coast and, on account of its abundant orchards and greenery, is known as the “Garden of England.” Here, in the town of Sevenoaks, to be precise, sit the rolling …

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Air New Zealand to build world’s largest single arch timber aircraft hangar

‘Hangar 4’ will be large enough to house a wide body aircraft such as the airline’s 777-300 or 787-9 Dreamliner, and two narrow body aircraft such as the A320 or A321neo, at the same time. The 10,000 square metre hangar will be located on the airline’s Auckland engineering base at Geoffrey Roberts Road in Mangere. The structure will sit adjacent …

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International House Sydney takes home Australia’s top property prize

Australia’s first engineered timber office, International House Sydney, has been awarded the nation’s most prestigious property prize – the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year. Lendlease was presented with the coveted honour at the Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney this evening. “International House is not only a construction industry …

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Peter Busby designs a 40 storey timber tower proposed for Vancouver

There are just a few small problems standing in the way. TreeHugger loves tall wood construction, and we have always been big fans of Peter Busby of Perkins+Will. (See my interview of him here.) Busby is now working for the Delta Group in Vancouver, proposing a 40 storey tall wood tower. Busby is quoted in an article by Kerry Gold …

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New Arup report advocates use of timber to help tackle climate change

Arup has launched its Rethinking Timber Buildings report aimed at accelerating the construction industry’s response to reducing global emissions and achieving net zero carbon buildings by using sustainable materials. The report, which highlights the time and efficiency savings that can result from the use of mass timber as a sustainable and safe alternative to more commonly used materials, says that …

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NZ at forefront of timber renaissance for commercial buildings

Daryl Patterson is a good humoured evangelist when it comes to timber construction – not just framing in houses but for high rises and commercial buildings. His message about lighter weight timber buildings has particular resonance for the “shaky isles” – especially Wellington’s reclaimed waterfront – even though Christchurch’s central city rebuild is dominated by concrete and steel. Patterson is head of …