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Cancer centres find hope in architecture

The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996. Originally a stable block behind the Western General Hospital, the centre had been converted into a building full of life and colour. Natural light is found in abundance, and the spaces are flexible, broken up by sliding doors. Designed by Richard Murphy Architects, the project was dreamed up and co-founded by …

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The compelling benefits of timber construction, and challenges

The domestic building and construction sector in Australia’s largest cities continues to be in a boom phase, driven mostly by new apartment developments rather than traditional detached homes. Additionally, new housing is moving in towards city centres and development hubs. Higher density housing represents a major transition in the way Australians live in cities, with potentially about one million new …

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Speaker Profile: Andre Kirstein

Andre Kirstein is a Technical Director and Senior Structural Engineer with the Beca Structural Engineering team. Andre has over 30 years structural engineering experience in a broad range of institutional, commercial and industrial projects. His passion in engineering is designing buildings that offer the greatest benefit to the community. Although having worked on many large industrial and commercial projects, his …

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Prime time for wood operation

A wood cluster centre of excellence in Gisborne is producing goods to build schools in New Zealand and boost employment here. Eastland Community Trust’s Prime Wood Cluster Centre of Excellence comprises the Far East sawmilling operation and WET Gisborne Ltd — an optimised engineered lumber plant run through a joint venture with ECT and Wood Engineering Technologies. Both businesses started …

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NZ to be world-leader in sustainable construction

N.Z. Future Forest Products (NZFFP) believes that New Zealand is perfectly positioned to supply the rapidly urbanising Asia-Pacific region with the construction materials needed to house the world’s population in a low carbon future – and is planning to invest $900 million to prove it. Three billion people will need affordable housing in South East Asia, according to a recent …

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Construction industry needs to consider shift from steel to engineered wood

OPINION: As Marlborough continues to grow and expand, we should be looking carefully at some of the construction materials that we use in our large commercial buildings going forward. There are many compelling reasons why we should seriously considering a shift from building with steel and concrete to engineered wood products. Those reasons are based on environmental sustainability, on supporting local …

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Speaker Profile: Louise Swann

Louise has been actively engaged in Building Regulation for in excess of 15 years and during that time has achieved some notable firsts; especially in the area of using Building Regulation to enable businesses to operate effectively and efficiently. As part of The Building Business, she worked with the Golden Homes design company to achieve the first truly Building Design …

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CLT and Wood Construction Products Help Combat Anti-Forestry Narrative

Those of us close to the forest products supply chain have watched with great interest as the cross-laminated timber (CLT) and “mass timber” building products industry has exploded over the last decade. While policy drivers such as the Timber Innovation Act and the International Code Council’s change in building codes have assisted in making these products more mainstream, the free …

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New residential complex opens at Monash Uni’s Peninsula campus

Monash University has opened a highly sustainable residential accommodation complex on its Peninsula campus. Designed to accommodate 150 students in modern, high quality and sustainable living spaces, the building is expected to be over three times more energy efficient than existing residential halls and comes with several green credentials. The complex is set to become the first large scale building …

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Is Cross-Laminated Timber the New Concrete?

Jorge Calderón thinks that it can take the place of concrete in buildings, inside and out. For some time we have been asking What’s the best way to build with wood? When Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) first came out everyone thought it was the greatest thing since sliced wood. Then Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT) came back from the dead and Dowel-Laminated Timber …

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Speaker Profile: Robert De Brincat

Robert De Brincat, Business Manager – Innovation, Atelier Projects How CLT is reshaping the Australian construction industry and making us think differently about building. Robert De Brincat is a qualified civil/structural engineer with 18 years’ experience across a range of different sectors within the Australian construction industry. Robert has spent the last 6 years working within the Australian timber industry …

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atelierjones awarded Wood Innovation grants

The Department of Architecture is excited to congratulate atelierjones for being awarded two USDA/USFS grants as part of two collaborative teams relating to Mass Timber. These grants are the result of the firm’s multi-year design, research and teaching on the topic. The first grant is to assist a multi-disciplinary team with conducting fire testing in Sweden, in conjunction with the …

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Speaker Profiles: Alastair Miles, Julian Addington & Bernie O’Fagan

Alastair Miles Alastair is the founder and Director of Miles Construction Ltd. Miles Construction was formed in 2006 and has offices in Christchurch and Auckland. The company’s focus of added value and professionalism has enabled this organic growth. Miles Construction undertakes Residential builds and renovations, Commercial builds, Commercial fit outs and Hospitality and specialises in social, affordable and Medium Density …

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Canadian cities take wooden skyscrapers to new heights

British Columbia has doubled height limits allowed for timber towers – and countries around the world are following suit. British Columbia is no stranger to wooden giants. Along its western coast, Douglas fir and Sitka spruce trees topping 60 meters in height have in some cases weathered nearly a millennium of storms. Now a growing chorus of architects, foresters and …

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Disruption is Coming to the Building Industry

The construction industry is on the cusp of significant disruption that will forever change how buildings are bought, designed, made, and assembled. The summation of the technological forces being applied to the construction industry is termed PropTech. PropTech investment in 2016, according to Re:Tech, was a record at $4.2 billion which tripled to $12.6 billion in 2017. Data from 2018 …

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Level Architekture designs a house built entirely from Glulam and CLT

The concept design for the “Royd Clan’s House” in Ceres near Geelong utilising all-timber Glulam and CLT was inspired mainly by the boulders and the remains of the previous house, and will be featured at the ‘Timber Offsite Construction’ conference in June.   Architect Nadine Samaha from Level Architekture says “I wanted to create a structure which emulated these boulders coming …