Wood in focus seminar

The Wood in Focus Seminar was a great success with 60 people attending. The forum included architects, building designers, engineers, certifiers, developers, builders, regulators, educators and students.

Our speakers were inspirational and gave the audience a very interesting and exciting presentation.

Brad Grey from Planet Ark Brad spoke on the “Make It Wood” campaign encouraging the increased use of responsibly sourced wood as a building material. When sourced responsibly, wood can play a big part in helping tackle climate change.

Wood is a low carbon option for building – when used in long-lived applications it stores carbon for the long-term, it is renewable and it has a lower embodied energy than many other building materials such as concrete, steel or plastics.

It’s fantastic to see organisations such as Planet Ark supporting the use of wood. Next was Mr Geoff Boughton, Geoff is Director of TimberED Services, His presentation explored the range of timber systems that have evolved to enable the design and construction of large, innovative and inspiring commercial, community, and higher density residential buildings using wood.

Mr Patrick Beale A/Professor. The Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts The University of Western Australia. Patrick spoke about fabrication processes, prefabrication processes and types with examples from three house types that have been prototyped and the South Hedland Gridshell project. Finn Pedersen, Director – Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects illustrated the use of a variety of timber products in a number of case studies of award winning projects, including Kununurra Courthouse (in conjunction with TAG Architects), Nannup House (a timber framed construction in a fire prone flood zone), Perth Zoo Orang-utan Colony Jungle School (bamboo and recycled jarrah).

Here are some photos from “Wood in focus seminar”