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Speaker Profile: Gary Lawson

Gary is one of the founding directors of Stevens Lawson Architects Limited established in 2002. The practice’s strengths lie in the creation of innovative design responses with a high level of aesthetic sensibility and functional resolution, collaborative design with clients, consultants and users is intrinsic to their approach to architectural practice. Gary’s key skills include: managing clients needs, design background …

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Wood wins: Constructing Australia’s largest engineered-timber office building

One Brisbane high-rise is showing why timber is making a comeback as a building material. Timber has long been used in Australia for residential construction. But its use in high-rise buildings is relatively new, and many myths about it abound: that timber buildings require more maintenance, aren’t fire resistant and are at risk from termites. One high-rise building in Brisbane …

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Best of Timber: A worldwide overview

A worldwide overview of timber construction projects: 2018 breaks all records. Skyscrapers are symbols of innovation and wealth – at least in America. Not only on that continent building contractors return to wood as construction material for this type of building. Hickok Cole Architects from the US, for example, showed this in April with a draft for a 62 storey …

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Stora Enso inaugurates a new production unit for cross laminated timber at Gruvön sawmill

Stora Enso’s investment in a new production unit for cross laminated timber (CLT) at Gruvön sawmill in Sweden was inaugurated last month by Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström, Joakim Sveder, Mill Director, Gruvön sawmill and Leif Haraldsson, Municipal Commissioner of Grums. The investment in Gruvön sawmill amounts to EUR 45 million. The project has proceeded according to plan from the …

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Katerra looks at disrupting construction

WoodSolutions launches season two of its TimberTalks podcast, with US start-up Katerra’s CEO discussing the need for disruption in the building industry. The multi-trillion-dollar global construction industry is ready for change, and with both a national and worldwide housing shortage, it cannot come soon enough.  Timber Talks host Adam Jones spoke to Katerra’s CEO and co-founder Michael Marks, who has …

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Speaker Profile: Pierre Hammond & Andy van Houtte

Pierre Hammond & Andy Van Houtte will be presenting at Changing Perceptions 2019! Andy Van Houtte is the WPMA Design Guide Manager and also the Structural Manager at CGW Consulting Engineers, providing professional engineering services to clients in Australasia. His responsibilities include, overseeing the structural engineering team, mentoring staff, business development and assisting with the continuous improvement. Prior to this …

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Delta proposes mass timber skyscraper in B.C.

Delta Land Development is planning to skip the small steps and surge the building industry forward with a giant leap. Delta and its team is in the process of planning the world’s tallest mass timber building in Vancouver’s Broadway Corridor. Delta’s site is currently occupied by a four-storey concrete building from the 1970s that was formerly the processing centre for …

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Hickok Cole designs timber towers for Philadelphia

The Timber Towers Project seeks to demonstrate the viability of a mass timber high-rise. There are so many real timber towers on the boards or being built that one can ignore the speculative ones, but Sean McTaggart and his team at Hickok Cole Architects have designed an interesting one for Philadelphia, and tells TreeHugger that “Simply put, our mission is …

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Timber building is on the rise but is there enough and is it safe?

The use of cross laminated timber (CLT) and other engineered timber products is on the rise around the world but struggling with low awareness levels and concerns about fire risk and toxicity. Now the industry is fighting back. Last year in the wake of the Grenfell fire disaster the UK government banned combustible materials from the walls of residential high-rise …

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How cross-laminated timber could change how Australian homes are built

The way Australian homes are built could be changed forever, with new research into a type of engineered timber showing it could cement its place as an environmentally friendly alternative to concrete. Australian cross-laminated timber, or CLT, can replace concrete in many situations, including being used as a foundation for a house. Studies have already been conducted on European CLT, which …

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Speaker Profile: Ralph Austin

Ralph Austin – President of Seagate Mass Timber, Vancouver BC. When my dad had me work alongside him so he could teach me about carpentry, I was like most kids. I wanted to do something different. But after a few years of university in London, Ontario, I headed west to Alberta in the late 70s to work in the construction …

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Cross-Laminated Timber: The Sustainable Choice of Microsoft Silicon Valley

In the face of global climate change, construction and real estate professionals are increasingly seeking ways to build and operate buildings more sustainably. The most obvious of these is reducing operational carbon: that is, the carbon emitted to run the building. That’s important—and it’s something the industry has made dramatic improvements in by both increasing energy efficiency with things like …

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The Evolution of CLT

Since the new Building Regulations came into force on 21 December 2018 [in the UK], much has been written about the use of cross laminated timber (CLT), with some commentators trying to whip up a storm. Others have taken a more pragmatic approach. Andy Goodwin, Managing Director, B&K Structures, explains how they have taken an innovative approach to embrace the …

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Australia’s tallest timber building to top-up Melbourne Central

Diversified property major GPT Group will build Australia’s largest timber building, a premium 12-level office tower, on top of the Melbourne Central shopping mall, which itself sits above a metro tunnel train station. The new wood and glass tower – called Frame – designed by ARM Architecture will be made of cross laminated timber, a lightweight factory manufactured material used …

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Buildings Can Be Designed to Withstand Earthquakes.

When the shaking started at 5:46 a.m., Yasuhisa Itakura, an architect at a big Japanese construction company in Kobe, was sitting at his desk finishing a report he had toiled over all night. His office swayed, but the books stayed on their shelves and nothing fell off his desk. “I thought to myself, this earthquake is not that big,” Mr. …

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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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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 …

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What the Fire Service Needs to Know about Tall Wood Buildings

Firefighters and fire chiefs: Forget everything you know about wood construction. Tall wood buildings (TWB)—or more accurately tall mass timber buildings—are not the conventional, lightweight wood, stick-built construction with which the fire service is familiar. There are no individual 2 x 4s, I-joists or open web trusses. In fact, there is no dimensional lumber or conventional lightweight wood products of …