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New research: Wood a key plank in the business case for bringing nature into the office World first new research The study:


mployers looking to boost worker productivity should consider using more of one of the world’s oldest and most sustainable materials in their office fit-outs: wood. That’s the takeout from world-first research by strategic market research firm Pollinate and the University of Canberra. Based on a survey of 1000 indoor Australian workers, the research provides fresh evidence to underpin the business case for biophilia – the principle that exposure to nature increases human wellbeing. The study paints a bleak picture of workers’ current access to nature at work with less than half (47%) enjoying access to natural light, only two in

five (38%) being able to see indoor plants, a quarter (26%) unable to see any natural looking wooden surfaces and almost half (46%) spending less than an hour outdoors on work days. The study found that the more natural looking wooden surfaces workers could see from their workstation, the higher their workplace satisfaction and wellbeing. Ahead of an address to the Green Cities conference in Melbourne, Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer from the University of Canberra said the results held true even after rigorous analysis that controlled for factors known to impact on the wellbeing of workers such as age, income, gender and workplace culture.

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“These results are exciting, for the first time providing solid evidence to support the use of wood as part of bringing nature into workplaces,” she said. “We are always looking for ways to improve health and wellbeing, and this research points to ways we can achieve that in the places many people spend a lot of their time – the workplace. “The work has implications for businesses, because a large body of research has shown that workers who are more satisfied with their work and have higher wellbeing have better work productivity, and reduced rates of absenteeism – which means improving worker wellbeing has real benefits for businesses.” Over 80 per cent of workers (82%) exposed

A representative sample of 1000 Australian indoor workers participated in the research. Survey participants were asked about the natural elements they could see from their workspace, including the number and type of natural woodenlooking objects they could see. They were also asked about the presence of other things that affect the wellbeing of workers, including noise levels, access to natural light, and their workplace culture. Finally, they were asked to self-rate their wellbeing, workplace satisfaction and personal distress using validated measures that are used worldwide to assess wellbeing, health and mental health disorders. Over two thirds of indoor workers surveyed were in an office, with the remainder split between shops and factories/warehouses. The study was funded by Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA), which had no input on the structure of the study.

to eight or more wooden surfaces in their workplace reported being ‘satisfied or very satisfied’ with work, compared to over two thirds (69%) exposed to five to seven wooden surfaces and half (53%) with no wooden surfaces. Employees working in offices with natural wooden surfaces on average also reported higher personal productivity, mood, concentration, clarity, confidence and optimism.

Ŷ Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer.

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The effect on wellbeing was greatest when wood was used in combination with other natural elements such as plants, water features and natural light. Associate Professor Schirmer said: “We know it’s good for us to spend time outdoors interacting with nature, but with people spending so much time indoors, there’s increasing recognition of the potential benefits of bringing nature into the workplace and the

home. “The academic world is becoming increasingly switched on to biophilia as an area warranting real research and attention, and some engineering degrees are starting to include it as a subject. “Importantly, wood is a particularly useful tool for bringing nature into the workplace in situations where it is not feasible to retro-fit other changes, such as increased natural light.”

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NEWS Ĺś From left -  Craig Neale, General Manager, Queensland; Shane Vicary, Chief Executive OfďŹ cer, AKD Softwoods; Tony Ryan, Caboolture Site Manager.




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NEW STATE SALES MANAGER Alan Gibbons has been appointed State Sales Manager (Vic, SA and Tas) for Brisbane-based wood tooling supplier, Accurate Australia. The establishment of a new Victorian branch called for local management to oversee sales and customer service across the three states. Alan’s forty-plus years of sales in woodworking machinery and tools was key according to Accurate’s Managing Director, Craig Honeyman. “Our business is focused on far more than sales,â€? he says. “Our customers know us to be passionate and knowledgeable about the industry and its operations. Alan’s expertise complements ours and he is equally committed to delivering the level of service our customers expect and deserve.â€? Alan says the role is an opportunity to connect customers with new innovations and solutions through Accurate Australia’s products. “Over my career,â€? he says, “I’ve seen how technology has advanced and IYV\NO[NYLH[LYLŃ?JPLUJ`WYVK\J[P]P[`HUKWYVĂ„[HIPSP[`(JJ\YH[L(\Z[YHSPH are across emerging products and techniques and continually bring new innovations to their customers. That’s exciting and I look forward to my role in it.â€? Over the coming months, Craig will accompany Alan to introduce him to Accurate customers in the three states. Unit 1, 31 Kenworth Place Brendale QLD Australia 4500 Freecall 1800 077 862


ssociated Kiln Driers Softwoods (AKD) and Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts have finalised the sale of the Caboolture sawmill located at Henzell Road, Caboolture, Queensland with AKD taking ownership on 9 March. The Caboolture operations processes approximately 215,000 cubic metres of sawlog into a range of timber products for the Queensland and Northern NSW markets. The mill resumed normal operations from 12 March with the intent of no disruption to customers. All existing 120 employees of the Caboolture Mill have been offered ongoing employment. AKD Softwoods is a privately-owned company with a proud history of 60 years in the forest industry. AKD is a vertically integrated forest products business, currently operating activities on six separate sites. AKD proudly services local and international markets through sustainable forestry prac-


tices and employing the latest processing technologies available to produce high-quality products. “We see the Caboolture business as a well-run operation that will be a perfect fit for

“The acquisition provides us with a greater range of products to offer our existing customers, and also provides AKD with access to new markets and new customers.� the AKD Group. The acquisition provides us with a greater range of products to offer our existing customers, and also provides AKD with access to new markets and new customers,� said CEO

Shane Vicary. “For AKD, it was important that there be no impact on the existing operations and employment. We believe that these assets, being the people and plant, will enhance our future and provide growth and stability. “Through our long history we have continued to grow our company through a combination of strategic acquisitions and ongoing capital investment in our core business and core activities. This acquisition continues this approach and our commitment to this vibrant industry,� he said. “We believe that the future demand for quality virgin wood fibre in the Australian and International markets is strong. “The access to well managed plantations is at the heart of this transaction. We are committed to working with our key log suppliers and provide our customers with quality locally grown and produced products, from renewable resources,� said Mr Vicary.

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major and ultra-prestigious application in the City of London could really put U.S. red oak on the European map. The European market must, till now, have been something of a frustration for U.S. red oak suppliers. The species is America’s most prolific hardwood, so, in those terms, it’s most sustainable. In the U.S. itself it’s used extensively in a huge range of construction, interiors and manufacturing applications, while other markets, such as China and Japan, also can’t get enough. But in Europe red oak has lagged some way behind its ubiquitous U.S. white cousin in popularity. The market breakthrough it’s needed, say admirers, has been a major showcase project to demonstrate its aesthetic and performance appeal. Well, now it has one – and wow! They don’t come much more major or more showcase than the justopened 1.1 million ft2 European headquarters of global financial data, software and media colossus Bloomberg. Designed by a Foster + Partners team, led by Norman Foster himself, the stunning City of London building, is already being lined up for architectural awards. It’s also scored on the environmental front, achieving a record BREEAM rating for an office development of 98.5%.

Timber is core to interior aesthetics Making the building more significant for red oak still, project architect Michael Jones said the timber is not used in any token, decorative way. It’s core to the interior aesthet-

ics and to delivering on the designers’ wellbeing and environmental goals. It’s also used in considerable quantities – 37,160 m2 for the floor alone. To answer the question why wood in the first place, and so much of it, Mr. Jones tracks back to initial conversations with Bloomberg CEO Michael Bloomberg. “Previously the company has occupied existing commercial space, but establishing their European headquarters, they felt, deserved something bespoke and tailored to the way they operate,” he said. “As well as expressing this through the architecture itself and while wanting the building to be very much of its own time, they also wanted it to be very contextual and historically rooted in its place through the palette of materials. Hence the extensive use of bronze and Derbyshire stone – 9,000 tonnes of it – but equally timber, all of which you see quite typically around London. The task was to take these materials and use them in a fresh, innovative way.”

Sustainability a key factor Sustainability also led Foster to timber. “By this we mean not only that timber is renewable, energy efficient, carbon rich and all those other good things, but that it helps achieve sustainability in the broadest sense,” said Jones. “The sustainability of a building is also about the wellbeing of people – and people feel better in a place featuring natural materials.” While some discount red oak because of its pinkish hue it was this, combined with its technical properties, that actually helped decide its choice for Bloomberg and Foster. “We wanted a species with warmth that would

mellow and mature with age,” said Mr. Jones. Architects and client did consider other species, but cherry was discounted due to its tendency, in certain circumstances, towards significantly darkening on exposure to light. It was also felt the white oaks of Europe and the USA would produce a finish that was too light in colour, with a more ‘yellowy hue’. The fact that the U.S. produces red oak in such volumes also played in its favour. “Although there were still times I was nervous about whether we’d get the amount we needed in the time allowed, and with the homogeneity of grain and colour required,” said Mr. Jones. “We were asking an awful lot of the U.S. timber industry, but they rose to the occasion.”

face,” he said. 1350m3 of Glulam Red oak also features prominently in the multipurpose room, a flexible space for meetings and presentations adjacent to the building’s auditorium. Here it is used in the form of Glulam, a total of 1350 m3, comprising the ‘fin

walls’ which define the space. The daring decision also to use timber for the flooring came out of a New York meeting between Michael Bloomberg and Mr. Jones and posed perhaps the biggest technical test. “We were talking about

possible flooring types and he just asked, why can’t we use wood?” said the latter. “The key reasons you don’t often see it in offices is footfall noise – and there is capacity for just shy of 7,000 people in the Bloomberg building – and the need to access the services beneath. We

Dramatic swirling space The significance of red oak to the interior aesthetic is obvious from the moment you enter the lobby. In fact it helps make the building’s dramatic opening statement. Called the Vortex, this dramatic swirling space features 1,858 m2 of red oak cladding on its intersecting arching walls. “The Vortex is a literal and metaphorical modern twist on the timber-lined entrance hall you find in so many classical English buildings, particularly in London,” said Mr. Jones. This application is also one example in the building, as he describes it, where innovation has overcome the potential challenges of using wood. “Having this much vertical cladding risked reverberation, so the timber was micro-perforated by laser. This makes it absorbent of sound, while the aesthetic is unaffected as the holes are so small. You can’t see them until you’re about 20mm from the sur-

Ŷ The ‘Vortex’ features a U.S. red oak cladded arch. Photo credit: Foster + Partners and Nigel Young

Ŷ Interior staircase. Photo credit: Foster + Partners and James Newton

Each floorboard has a magnetic strip running its length, which sticks it to the metal access floor below. You can sucker one up, lever up the surrounding boards then just drop them back into place. This approach also means zero creaking, while the sound of footsteps is deadened by an additional acoustic layer between board and access floor Ŷ Bloomberg pantry area. Photo credit: Foster + Partners and James Newton



NEWS The timber will need new cultural destination’, wanted the aesthetic of floor. It’s also straightfora seamless, monolithic ward to replace any areas maintaining, but this the London Mithraeum, should be minimal thanks deep in their building’s surface, but using conven- that suffer damage. to the combination of oil basement. Flooring solution tional tongue and groove As to whether the proSo convinced were finish on the floor, lacquer boards would cause huge problems getting to all the Kingspan by the floor- on paneling and the mate- ject will inspire Foster communication cabling ing solution, they’ve now rial’s inherent natural du- to use red oak again, Mr. brought it to market, and rability. And if added tes- Jones’ response is why and other systems.” Once more innovation it’s already been used in a timony to the latter were not? “We used to be best needed, it is also housed in known for our use of steel overcame technical and number of other projects. Using red oak in these the new building. It’s con- and glass, but the comfunctional hurdles. Teaming up with contractor various applications was structed on the site of the mercial market is changand building systems and also a logistical exercise. Roman temple of Mithras ing and we’re using more materials provider King- Over and above sourcing and fresh remains, includ- timber generally,” he said. “Businesses now span, Bloomberg want their builddevised a solution “We used to be best known for our use ings to have a where individual different sense of boards could be of steel and glass, but the commercial and be lifted and refitted market is changing and we’re using more personality more responsive at will. to people who “Each board timber generally. Businesses now want work in them. has a magnetic their buildings to have a different sense Timber is strip running its rather successlength, which of personality and be more responsive to ful in delivering sticks it to the people who work in them.” both these things. metal access People warm to floor below,” said Jones. “So you can it – and it all had to be ing structural timber ele- it and it makes them feel sucker one up, lever up FSC verified sustainable ments, were uncovered better about their environthe surrounding boards or equivalent – and ship- during foundation excava- ment. And, while each then just drop them back ping it over the Atlantic, tions. Among other dis- building is the result of into place.” This approach the Vortex paneling was coveries were 400 timber conversation between clialso means zero creaking, laser perforated in Swit- writing tablets and some ent and architect, for sure while the sound of foot- zerland, the multi-purpose of these and other arte- we may use more red oak. steps is deadened by an room Glulam walls made facts are now on public Bloomberg loves the readditional acoustic layer in Germany and the floor- display in what Bloomb- sult it’s delivered and so erg describes as a ‘free do we.” between board and access ing machined in Italy.

Ŷ Bloomberg Arcade. Photo credit: Foster + Partners and James Newton

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Hyne Timber announces first BIM content for Australian GLT


yne Timber is the first Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) manufacturer in Australia to provide Building Information Modelling (BIM) content for GLT in accordance with recently developed AS/ NZS BIM standards. Revit® software users can now access the Hyne Timber ‘GLT Families’ for designs incorporating Australian graded, independently certified GLT products for their timber projects while ensuring product specifications are accurate and reliable. Responsible Wood chain of custody certification is also included to provide surety that its timber products are responsibly and sustainably sourced from within Australia from certified, sustainably managed plantation forests. Rob Mansell, Hyne

Timber’s GLT Business Development Manager, said this was a significant milestone for the design and construction industry as engineered timber was increasingly specified for its structural, visual and environmental benefits. “Technology is transforming the way buildings are designed and BIM provides insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings. “As momentum grows towards the mandatory adoption of BIM, ensuring our product range provides BIM content is timely,” Mr Mansell said. Providing BIM content for GLT is an innovation deliverable as part of Hyne Timber’s marketled proposal to design and build a new Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Complex (QFES Complex) in Marybor-

ough, from locally grown and engineered timber. While the proposal continues to progress through ‘Stage 2’, the company’s BIM content is available to download now and is already being used by the QFES Complex design team.

jects, it isn’t simply a case of placing an order of GLT products. “We need timber experts on the design team from the start. “Working closely from the concept stage means we now have BIM content for the GLT com-

“We can exchange quantitative information with our consultant team, particularly the structural engineer, as well as clients, all from the same model” The proposal’s Principal Architect, Kim Baber, said Hyne Timber’s announcement would not only benefit the QFES Complex design team but was an example of the benefits realised from early contractor involvement. “For commercial pro-

ponents, something that didn’t previously exist. “All product details, from dimensions, mass and volume, down to the colour and texture of GLT can be brought into the 3D model in a single integrated BIM element. This means we can exchange quantita-

tive information with our consultant team, particularly the structural engineer, as well as clients, all from the same model. “Commercial projects require service and innovative solutions and that is exactly what Hyne Timber have provided, enabling improved accuracy when sharing technical building information and saving considerable time,” Mr Baber said. Proponent partners and leading construction company, Hutchinson Builders, have also welcomed Hyne Timber’s announcement with Design Manager, Luke Churchin, stating that GLT BIM content provided value beyond efficiencies during the design and construction stages, “As a building company, it is important for us to provide the client with as much detail as pos-

sible in relation to the life-cycle of the building. “The benefits of BIM include the capacity to store data and detail relating to the project such as certification, chain of custody, inventory, warranties, energy consumption, equipment information and periodic maintenance procedures. “This can simply be passed on to the end user for their facility management and ongoing building operation,” Mr Churchin said. Hyne Timber’s GLT BIM library consists of Beam 17, Beam 18, Beam 21 and LGL, available in beam and column families. GLT BIM content also provides reassurance to the end user that the timber materials are compliant, certified, and sustainably sourced from within Australia.

Heyfield ASH Holding directors appointed The Andrews Labor Government has appointed three State directors to the board of Heyfield ASH Holding Pty Ltd, following the purchase of the Heyfield Timber Mill last year. Heyfield ASH Holding is the holding company for Australian Sustainable Hardwoods Pty Ltd and is owned by the Victorian Government and a shareholder group made up of members of ASH management. The appointments include Don Matthews as Chair, as well as Pam Mitchell and Greg L’Estrange as the State’s Board Directors. Mr Matthews is a highly regarded senior executive from the manufacturing industry and has previous-


ly been the Chief Operating Officer at Carter Holt Harvey and Managing Director of the Penola Pulp group. He has extensive board experience having been a previous board member of the Australian Industry Group, the Australian Food and Grocery Council, Low Carbon Australia and Powerplant. Ms Mitchell is a chartered accountant with extensive experience in the establishment, documentation, financial management and reporting of property, investment, and superannuation funds. She has held roles as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in the investment and property sector, including Industry Superannuation Property


Trust and Australian Farms Fund Management. Mr L’Estrange has extensive senior management experience in the primary industries. His previous positions include CEO of CSR Timber Productions, Managing Director of Capral Aluminium and CEO for Gunns Timber. He has also provided consulting and strategic advice services around the forest and timber industries for both private and public sector organisations across New Zealand and Australia. The appointments are a key step in the establishment of the new Board that will guide the future of the Heyfield Timber Mill.

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irthdays come and go but there are some that are more than just the annual recognition of continuity. Take the case of Planet Ark ... this year is its 25th birthday and it’s also recognition of a new way of thinking for a quarter of a century. Planet Ark was incorporated by current CEO and Executive Director Paul Klymenko as well as former founding directors Jon Dee and Peter Shenstone. Planet Ark Environmental Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a world where people live in balance with nature. Part of Planet Ark’s goal was to bolster the uptake of kerbside recycling around Australia, which was facing teething problems at the time. 1995 - National Tree Day was launched Planet Ark’s website was launched - cutting edge for its time!

1996 - Planet Ark launched National Recycling Week 1997 - World Environment News via Reuters was launched, and is now Positive Environmental News, a fortnightly update on good news in the environmental sector 2000 - The Sydney Olympic Games were held, following a successful pitch from thenPlanet Ark ambassadors Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise to make it the ‘Green Games’ 2003 - Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, a printer cartridge recycling program, was launched and since then Australians have dropped off over 38 million cartridges for recycling 2006 - Planet Ark created RecyclingNearYou., an online info service for Australians wanting to know where and how to recycle, which is getting relaunched with a new look and mobile friendly format on March 28

2011 - The Make It Wood Program was launched with the goal of encouraging the use of sustainable timber in building 2016 - Planet Ark Power, a for profit company, was formed to supply solar power systems to business, schools and other public buildings 2018 onwards - Our next big project is Coffee 4 Planet Ark, we’re putting together a pilot program in Sydney to recycle coffee grounds A recycling revolution is under way at Planet Ark. Australia’s leading environmental behaviour change foundation kicked off its celebratory year by relaunching its biggest resource for Australian consumers. RecyclingNearYou Relaunch was on March 1. Recycling Near You is Planet Ark’s flagship information service for Australians wanting to know how and where to recycle. After 12 years and tens of millions of visits it’s been revamped

Ŷ Cartridges 4 Planet Ark ambassador, former pro surfer and motivational speaker Layne Beachley

to work on smartphones, meaning that people on the go can recycle right. Visit: Make It Wood. As part of Planet Ark’s ongoing effort to encourage the use of locally sourced sustainable timber in construction, its partner Forest and Wood Prod-

ucts Australia released research into the health and productivity benefits of using wood in offices. That was on March 14.

Business Recycling. Business Recycling, sponsored by the New South Wales Environmental Protection

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PLANET ARK from recycled materials. March 27. 25th Birthday Celebration - Wednesday, March 28 Planet Ark will mark a quarter of a century as advocates for positive environmental action with a celebration in Melbourne featuring long term Planet Ark ambassador Jamie Durie as MC, among other high-profile guests. Cartridges 4 Planet Ark - Monday, May 28. This is Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’s 15th year, and its biggest year yet in terms of printer cartridges recycled. This will be a great opportunity to reflect on how far the recycling industry has come in 15 years. It coincides with the Make It Australian Recycled program which calls on businesses to adopt 100% recycled paper. Schools and National Tree Day - Friday, July

27 and Sunday, July 29. Australia’s biggest nature care events take place at the end of July - Schools and National Tree Day. Australians of all ages and walks of life contribute to and care for our unique natural environment by coming together to plant trees. TreeDay. National Recycling Week - Monday, November 12 to Sunday, November 18. National Recycling Week encourages Australians to look at what they recycle and what recycled products to buy. A key focus area in 2018 will be the Australasian Recycling Label, created by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation, Planet Ark and PREP Design, which gives consumers information on how to recycle each component of the products they buy. The 12 DOs of Christmas - Monday,

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December 3 to Wednesday, December 25. Every year Planet Ark celebrates Christmas sustainably by looking at how Australians can cut back on waste and

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design across all products and new, consistent and coordinated product names, ensuring that HOMAG customers can ďŹ nd what they need quickly and easily. Visitors to HOLZHANDWERK found the machines previously known as powerProďŹ ler BMB 800/900 under the name CENTATEQ S-800/900. The “powerProďŹ lerâ€? window machines have been on the market for 10 years. The machine was launched at HOLZ-HANDWERK 2008 — and even then, CNC experts from HOMAG declared the all-rounder to be a machine â€œďŹ t for the future and exible for everyday lifeâ€? with a â€œďŹ rm gripâ€? on window production thanks to its new clamping technology. And this promise to the market has been fulďŹ lled. Today, the new generation of the HOMAG window machines—the CENTATEQ S-800/900 series—is used around the world. Its applications include installations in all expansion stages from 20 to 50 window units per shift—produced either by standalone machines or by machines integrated in automated overall concepts. In particular, the exibility provided by


the clamping and handling technology, the additional console table for special elements, and the woodWOP software enable this machine to meet the requirements of window manufacturers. Indeed, CENTATEQ machines cover a wider range of proďŹ les, corner joints, curved parts and other products than any other solution on the market. At HOLZH A N D W E R K , HOMAG presented the CENTATEQ S-900 with its maximum equipment—making it the most powerful and most exible window machine that HOMAG has ever exhibited at a trade fair. The CENTATEQ S-900 has two processing tables and independent units on both portal sides. The processing tables and units of the CENTATEQ S-800 form the basis, in duplicate: This means that two completely different parts can be processed independently of one another simultaneously. The machine also features double-spindle technology: one proďŹ le splitting unit with two trimming spindles that can be adjusted to one another in the Y and Z direction via axes. This means that in a longitudinal trimming process,

you can use two proďŹ le trimmers on one workpiece simultaneously. The two independent portal sides and the double-spindle technology allow more than 60 units to be produced in one shift when use is optimized. This makes the machine the most powerful single-portal system on the market. Integrated window systems with adhesive technology Why new technology? Conventional window production systems were designed for existing window systems. New systems with new properties necessitate new technology: The CENTATEQ comes into its own when dealing with narrow cross-sections. In conjunction with an adhesive technology integrated in the production system, this enables the machine to produce window systems that speak for themselves: an appealing look thanks to extremely narrow proďŹ les, up to 20% larger glass area resulting in more light from a standard window, increased break-in protection and improved thermal insulation. This all means efďŹ cient production and new opportunities — the basis for a successful future in window manufacture.




Ŷ International House

The quest for excellence continues The 19th Australian Timber Design Awards


ow in its 19th year, the Australian Timber Design Awards are distinguished by a proud heritage of innovation and achievement. The highly prestigious awards promote and encourage outstanding timber design and there have been countless cases of sheer brilliance and technological expertise in abundance throughout the years. Entries opened on 12 February for this year’s awards which are open to builders, designers, architects, engineers and landscapers: to anyone involved in the design or building of structures that feature timber. A Rising Star Award is available to students and entrants aged 35 or under.

How the program will unfold:6 July - Submissions to Enter Competition Close 23 July - People’s Choice Award Opens 16-20 July - Judging 17 August - People’s Choice Awards Voting Close 18 October - Awards Night Sydney


In order to provide a good, solid foundation for the timber design awards, in addition to fair evaluation and judging by a sound methodology, the aim is to have a strong and expert design competition jury that provides their invaluable knowledge base and insight to evaluate the submitted entries, creating benefit and value for participants by transferring their insights and ideas in form of votes, feedbacks and suggestions. Judges are not chosen until after the submission completion date has passed to avoid conflict of interest issues. The Grand-Prix (overall), Category Winners are then selected by our panel of judges and the winners publicly announced at a special Presentation Night. Separate industry panels, which may include sponsors, will assist in the select of winners for the Product Recognition Awards. Planet Ark’s Make it Wood campaign will be responsible for the Sustainability Award questionnaire as well as for the judging of this category. The public will choose the winner of the People’s Choice Award via an online poll. All participating Entries will be judged on outstanding timber use, appearance, workman-

ship, structure and innovation. Judges are looking, for context-suitable use of timber. Well-considered design and construction with timber will distinguish an entry. With such a broad range of categories on offer, there is scope for recognition of a variety of applications. Each entry category is judged independently. This is an important feature of the Australian Timber Design Awards: a winning project may excel in a range of distinct areas. It is important for entries to be comprehensive

but concise – judges will refer to written statements, drawings, and detailed photographs, where appropriate, to distinguish a winner. As such, entrants must consider whether their project is suitable for the categories into which it is entered. Entries should display examples of outstanding design in the relevant areas and include a description of the use of timber in each project. The awards continue to attract more and more entries and the public buy-in also continues to

grow .... a sure sign that the Australian Timber Design Awards are considered to be the nation’s foremost recognition of excellence. The 2017 Australian Timber Design Award Grand Prix was awarded to Tzannes Architects and Lendlease for International House - Sydney, which stands at the gateway of the Barangaroo precinct. International House Sydney is Australia’s first commercial office and largest commercial-scale engineered timber building that uses Cross Lami-

nated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Timber (Glulam). The striking look of the high-rise building, designed by Tzannes Architects and engineered by DesignMake Lendlease, demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of urban and commercial architecture. The outstanding partnership team combining developer, design and delivery professionals, made possible in the creation of International House - Sydney to beautifully re-interpret the history of the site for the future of Sydney.

Ŷ TDA winner International House. Photo: Jon Evans



Helping hand to find the ‘right’ contractor The perfect footnote from ATFA


uilding, renovating or upgrading can be a daunting process, and many people don’t know where to begin when finding the right contractor for the job. The most common avenues is referral from a friend, recommendation from a builder, architect, designer or even from an ad in the local paper. But, who are you hiring, how professional are they and what is the quality of their workmanship? The Australasian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA) is the best option to find the perfect professional for your project. Recently the ATFA launched a fantastic new website geared to help consumers with all aspects

of timber flooring. This great new initiative found at will take away all the guesswork and help alleviate the stress of finding the right contractor for the right job! can help out with not only finding the correct contractor but give you some great ideas for flooring inspiration and direct you as to how to get the correct advice and who to speak to. The ATFA also has these great tips when looking for the perfect professional --- Look for an indoor or outdoor specialist depending on the job; if it’s an intricate job find someone who specialises in that area or has worked

with that type of product before. Make sure they are ATFA accredited, this means you will be hiring one of the best in the business and it gives you the peace of mind that you have a fall back for queries if any problems arise. Get multiple quotes but remember the cheapest isn’t always the best option, and always compare fairly by checking what is and isn’t included. You don’t want to be hit with another bill later or having to find another professional to finish off the job. For more information, to become a member or if you require any advice please call the ATFA on 1300 361693 or visit for the latest timber flooring standards & specifications. trusted | authoritative | industry leading




Frame has stood the test of time! United States tours a precursor to iconic Australian niche conference

Ŷ Kevin Ezard, Conference Director, Frame Australia Pty Ltd.


ust mention Frame Australia and the name that immediately springs to mind is Kevin Ezard, and it’s no wonder, he’s been associated with it for two decades. And his success with not only this major industry event but with almost all his pursuits seem to follow a simple philosophy .... don’t spend time, invest in it! It doesn’t seem all that long ago that the muchvaunted Building Components Manufacturing Conference (BCMC) in the USA was the only event for truss and frame fabricators to catch up with the latest equipment and technologies. Every year a contingent of 20 or more from Australia would head over for the three-day event, followed by an organised tour of truss plants in North America, and have a lot of fun at the same time. That was back in the 1990s. From that State-side special emerged one of Australia’s now iconic specialist conferences ... Frame Australia! So, let’s put Kevin in the Frame ---“To summarise my background, it has primarily revolved around a career based on wine and wood, and personal passions for boats and cars,” says Kevin. He attributes his in-


terest in cars from his father Wal, who started as a coach builder with Kellow-Falkner handmaking bodies for Rolls Royce vehicles to customer specification. “He then ran a crash repairs business until retirement, when he turned to restoring vintage cars, often with just a chassis where a complete new body would be handmade to produce a virtually new car,” Kevin recalls. After completing Mechanical Engineering at Caulfield Institute of Technology Kevin’s first position was as a junior engineer at General Motors Holden in the vehicle design department, followed by an engineering role with a road machinery equipment manufacturer. “I then joined a Repco manufacturing subsidiary as product engineer for engine components, where we developed and tested engines for a wide range of vehicles including road and track racing cars, including the world champion Repco Brabham Formula One V8 engine.” An early interest for Kevin was membership of the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia, which later developed into organising automotive engineering conferences in the Pacific region. This activity evolved into membership of FISITA, the peak world body for automotive engineering, which required travel to conferences and meetings in the 20 member countries. “I became Vice President of FISITA and organised the 1982 world congress in Melbourne, which drew many international leaders in the automotive industry from UK, Europe, Japan and North America. The speakers program was in multiple sessions, all

with simultaneous translation in three languages – English, French and German.” His next move was to Unichrome, an international company specialising in energy recycling of various waste products such as scrap vehicle tyres and sewage sludge, but in Australia the main market opportunity was for heat energy systems that used waste wood and sawdust to generate heat and/or power. “This was my entry into the timber industry by installing furnace systems in timber processing operations around Australia, one of which was the Ezard sawmill at Swifts Creek with a waste disposal and energy recovery system to heat the new timber drying kilns. “I later joined the Ezard family timber business in their Alpine Ash building materials supplies operations in Gippsland, subsequently becoming involved with timber product marketing and sales from the Swifts Creek sawmill. “For the next decade my role was marketing of Ezard Timber products and we developed new markets for F17 structural KD hardwood around Australia. I do recall saying that a ballpoint pen was called a Biro, and that a piece of structural hardwood would eventually be called an Ezard. And so it came to be. “Apart from the marketing role, in the latter years I also managed Swifts Creek during a period of change to higher technology, and improvements in processing of kiln dried hardwood products. One of these developments was installation of a sliced veneer production facility based on the Japanese concept of a linear slicing machine, offering high recovery of veneer

“We subsequently ap-

from small sawn timber

mill,” Kevin said.

flitches. “Veneer production was initially focused on export, and sales were achieved in North America and Europe due to their preference for back sawn feature veneers, which suited us as it was the predominant cutting pattern at the green saw-

Another development was Ezijoin, a timber length joining system that we developed in conjunction with Pryda, which was a wraparound nailplate forming an extremely strong joint that maintained the structural performance of the timber section.


plied for and were granted patents in Australia, NZ, USA, Europe and other countries, leading to a push into the North American market that was quite successful.” Other developments included the Continued on Page 20


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introduction of the joined timber marketing program under the “Ironman” banner, which subsequently became the “Musclebeam” product range with licensees in all major states.

The wine industry In 1979 a passion for wine drew him to a partnership in retail wine merchant Moorfield Vintners with a number of retail outlets and a substantial wine bottling plant, which led to a merger with wholesale distributor WJ Seabrook & Son, the oldest wine merchant in Victoria established in 1878. During the 80’s he cofounded The Exhibition of Victorian Winemakers, which during the next 10 years became a very successful event for the wine industry with up to 100 winemakers exhibiting at trade and retail events along the East coast of Australia and internationally.

The Ezard Marketing consultancy In 1990 the consultancy Ezard Marketing commenced with a client base mainly in the timber and building materials sector, and for the next 25 years was involved with a wide spectrum of companies in prefabrication, timber and building materials, timber production, engineered wood products, manufacturing, distribution, and new technologies. Projects undertaken included preparation of strategic plans for market and business development, market research projects, corporate philosophy, brand and corporate image development, sales and channel distribution strategies, and a broad variety of technically based marketing, communication and promotional activities. 20

The origins of Frame Australia go back to the 1990s when the Building Components Manufacturing Conference (BCMC) in USA was the only event for truss and frame fabricators to catch up with the latest equipment and technologies. “Greg King and I attended a number of BCMC events and agreed the potential for running it in Australia was too strong to ignore, “We were initially intending to name it BCMC Australia, but the Americans got nervous about that so the first event was called Frame Australia, held in 1998 at Southbank in Melbourne. From there it continued for the next decade with an evolving sessions program primarily on manufacture of pre-fabricated timber framing for detached housing. “In 2010 Greg decided to leave and concentrate on his publishing business, and at that time I wanted to expand the conference to encompass the complete supply chain of prefabrication from the timber and wood products and prefab manufacturing, and to include design and construction of both residential and commercial buildings. “With the trend for detached housing being a static market I felt the real growth opportunities for timber products were in larger buildings for medium density multiresidential and commercial developments which were showing potential for a new market.

Industry plans “Also at that time I was fortunate to have the opportunity of preparing a plan for Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) titled ‘Investment plan for wood as a sustainable building material’ which established a vision for timber in construction to increase market consumption of

wood products.” The next year, a ‘Marketing Plan for specification of wood products by building specifiers’ was completed and set out the future for marketing into multi-residential and commercial construction. “And a decade later I am very pleased that plan is still being used as a guide.” Following on in 2012 was the ‘Investment plan for increased use of timber and wood construction systems in multi-residential and commercial buildings’ and in 2016 the ‘Market Development Plan’ as a follow-on. These plans created the groundwork for growth in timber and wood construction market development in mid-rise 3 to 5-storeys, and high rise up to 8-storeys which are now part of the National Construction Code. Suffice to say the use of timber framing and engineered wood products is now experiencing dramatic expansion in all states of Australia and globally.

The Frame event During this period the Frame event has constantly altered its format as the timber industry and building markets were developing during a period of major re-alignment in both the timber supply chain and building construction methods. This continuing change also impacted the companies participating as sponsors, which have shifted over time with the changes in market opportunities. The sessions program has also been evolving with focus on new issues emerging due to major updates to building codes, new timber products such as CLT, and a host of changes that have created a much more dynamic industry now than it was a decade ago. “Our new event title ‘Timber Offsite Construction’ was introduced in 2016 and has succeeded in providing awareness of the topics content, which was a problem

Ŷ In the “frame” over the years.

prior to then as people outside timber and prefabrication did not know what Frame Australia represented. “It has now created an impression on the design and construction markets which has assisted in attaining market recognition and steadily increased attendance from design and construction sectors to almost one third of all attendees. “Which brings us to present day and some 20 years down the track.

Market trends “This year’s confer-


ence program will reflect these strengthening market trends with renowned international and local expert speakers on the key themes of Building Design, Technology, Manufacturing and Construction, and will be held on Monday and Tuesday 18-19 June at Park Hyatt Melbourne. “Last year we introduced delegate tours which were extremely popular, and we will be expanding the number of tours available to broaden the scope of prefabricated construction and timber buildings.

“What astonishes me is the number of timber buildings being designed, under construction, or nearing completion that are simply amazing and of a scale I have never seen before in this country. We are truly in a period of extraordinary development!! “So, with all this activity emerging the Frame Australia event has a bright future as the only national conference and exhibition for timber and engineered wood building systems in residential and commercial construction.”


Conference program

Disruption through prefabrication


elegate registration is now available online at Early Bird rates for the Frame Australia 2018 conference and exhibition titled ‘Timber Offsite Construction’ that will attract designers and builders interested in finding out the latest in timber and engineered wood building systems. Speaker program highlights include Nick Mile-

stone of giant construction firm William Hare Group International who will present on ‘Disruption through prefabrication – the evolution and future of mass timber’ covering the advancements in technology that can result in low carbon, energy efficient buildings constructed quicker, lighter and cheaper than conventional building designs. And a presentation by Andrew Dunn, CEO, Timber Development Association, will cover global markets and cost

comparisons for tall timber buildings, with a summary of building types and construction activity levels in North America and Europe, and comparisons to the Australian timber frame and mass timber construction markets now emerging. Conference Director Kevin Ezard said “local construction of mid-rise multi-residential buildings is steadily becoming a strong market for prefabricated timber framing with cassette floor systems, that are reducing site time by

weeks and delivering huge savings to builders. “This rising demand has also led to a significant increase in automation and robotics in prefabrication plants, with production capacity in Australia currently growing at its fastest rate ever to meet the future supply levels required.” ‘Timber Offsite Construction’ will be held on Monday and Tuesday 18-19 June at Park Hyatt Melbourne. For event details visit the website

Monday 18 June 7.30 am – 8.30 am Delegate Registration 8.30 am – 12.30 pm Speaker Sessions 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Lunch break 1.30 pm – 5.30 pm Speaker Sessions 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm Delegate Hospitality & Networking

Tuesday 19 June 7.30 am – 8.30 am Delegate Registration 8.30 am – 12.30 pm Panel Discussion Sessions 12.30 pm – 1.15 pm Lunch break 1.15 pm – 5.30 pm Delegate Tours (delegates to be advised of tour program options)

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FWPA ushers in new era for commercial timber construction in National Construction Code Buildings made from sustainably sourced timber are greener than alternatives in a number of respects.


uicker, cheaper and greener construction of retail shops, carparks, storage warehouses, laboratories, hospitals, schools and aged care facilities would be enabled under proposed changes contained in the draft 2019 National Construction Code (NCC). The move would make it easier to use fire-protected timber in all buildings of up to eight storeys in height and builds on the program of work undertaken by Forest and Wood Products Australia

(FWPA), which previously co-ordinated similar changes for apartments, hotels and offices into the NCC 2016. FWPA’s proposal has achieved the support of the Australian Building Codes Board’s technical committee – which includes a broad range of representative industry groups such as the fire services, architects, builders, building surveyors, building designers, engineers as well as state planning and building authorities – with extensive modelling to demonstrate timber construction systems can meet the required building and fire safety standards. Timber construction

systems permitted under the Code would include both traditional ‘stick’ framing and newer ‘massive’ timber building systems utilising glue-laminated timber, laminated veneer limber (LVL) as well as cross-laminated timber products, used in buildings such as Library at the Dock in Melbourne and International House in Sydney. FWPA National Manager Codes & Standards Boris Iskra said that under the proposed changes, builders and developers wanting to use timber would no longer have to undertake time consuming and expensive ‘performance solutions’ to gain

building approval, as long as their designs met the deemed-to-satisfy requirements. “At FWPA, we do everything we can to remove unnecessary restrictions on the use of timber. In 2016, we were successful with introducing similar changes for apartments, hotels and offices – and now we’re on the brink of extending that to other types of buildings,” he said. “We’re proud to have successfully made the case to the authorities that timber can meet the required standards, and would urge the timber industry and progressive builders and developers to make sub-

Ŷ Managing Director of FWPA, Ric Sinclair ... “time is money when it comes to building.”

missions supporting the proposed changes to the Code – it’s a great opportunity.” Fire protection measures under the proposed changes include fireprotective grade plasterboard; fire-resisting cavity barriers; and a compliant sprinkler system; as well as hydrants, hose reels and portable fire extinguishers as required. The Managing Director of FWPA, Ric Sinclair, said buildings made from sustainably sourced timber are greener than alternatives in a number of respects. “Obviously, wood stores carbon dioxide over the life of the build-

ing, which other materials don’t. It performs well thermally, so it doesn’t require as much energy to heat and cool. It also lends itself to prefabrication and quick installation, meaning less disruption to neighbours and fewer truck movements,” he said. “The other major advantage is the speed of construction. Time is money when it comes to building.” The draft 2019 National Construction Code can be found at https://www.abcb. and is open for public and industry comment until 13 April 2018.

A rapid expansion into CLT processing Demonstration machine and in-house training facility Business is rapidly growing in Australia for Germany’s Hundegger, the innovative timber engineering equipment manufacturer that turns 40 this year and will be on display at ‘Timber Offsite Construction’ in June. “The outlook is bright with a surge in uptake of our new technologies on offer, including the emerging new world of robotics. “For us, that’s at the forefront of our cutting technology, utilising robotics within a more traditional machine,” said Hundegger Australasia Managing Director, Charlie Hutchings.  “We utilise our robotic unit to process very complex six-axis connections that were otherwise not possible in earlier machines,” said Mr Hutchings, adding: “Strongbuild in Sydney is amongst the customers we have using one of our robot-based machines to process CLT amongst other products such as Glulam. “Looking at robotics in a broader sense, it is certainly an area we soon expect to see more uptake in for both materials-handling and even assembly applications,” he said. “Customers are looking to do things smarter and faster, and keen to pick up efficiencies in their business processes.”


Mr Hutchings said Hundegger Australasia’s core clientele to date had been timber frame and truss. “But we are now seeing the uptake of larger and more complex machines into Glulam and engineered wood markets, as well as a rapid expansion into CLT processing, which is very much our field of expertise,” he said. “CLT is on a growth path and we will certainly see more movement in the next few years. To have XLam manufacturing CLT locally is an excellent sign and should give others confidence to follow suit. Worldwide it is estimated CLT output will more than double capacity by 2020.” Aside from new processing equipment, a big shift for Hundegger now is the move into being a solutionbased business. “We are no longer just supplying cutting equipment, we are now providing full materials handling with sophisticated software control for entire production lines,” Mr Hutchings said. “This is certainly an exciting shift for us to be making and a logical one given the space we occupy in the market.” A coming boon for customers will be Hundegger’s plan to install a demonstration machine at its Rowville headquarters in Melbourne’s east, along with an inhouse training facility.


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Wow factor will be King World’s largest and tallest engineered timber office building starts to take shape in Queensland


he first delivery of cross laminated timber (CLT) columns, beams and floor panels arrived at the Brisbane Showgrounds in mid-February for what’s set to be the world’s largest and tallest engineered timber office building, 25 King.1 At a height of almost 45 metres, the ground plus nine-storey Bates Smart-designed tower includes services provided by global engineering firm Aurecon as well as three bespoke retail tenancies. Owned by Impact Investment Group (IIG) the innovative building will also be the future home of Aurecon, with the company committing to lease four of the nine office floors. General Manager for Lendlease Building, Tony Orazio said construction of 25 King was well under way with the installation of the first pre-assembled modules taking place. “As the world’s largest and tallest engineered timber office building, 25 King will be one of the most exciting additions ever made to Brisbane’s skyline. “A key element of 25 King’s structure is the use of prefabricated modules for each floor. These modules are preassembled at ground height and then lifted into place to form what looks like a wooden lego structure,” said Mr Orazio. “The fascinating thing about building with timber is that its strength is akin to concrete and steel, it can be produced economically in a factory environment and most importantly boasts a plethora of sustainability benefits.” Queensland’s Deputy Jackie Trad described said 25 King as breaking new ground in its use of structural timber in a building of its type 24

and size. “These materials are sustainable, strong and light, with a structural strength akin to the traditional concrete and steel. “This is a great example of the type of development we’ll be seeing more of in the future, and it puts Queensland at forefront of cutting edge sustainable construction practices,” she said when details of the massive project were released last year. Constructed with wood, CLT has a far lower carbon footprint than other building materials, the production process produces zero waste, and timbers are sourced from certified sustainably managed forests. A world first in sustainable architecture, 25 King is targeting a 6-star Green Star Design and As Built rating which will use 67 per cent less electricity and 55 per cent less potable water2 and is targeting a WELL Core and Shell rating. 25 King will see six storeys above ground by mid-2018 and is due for completion in late 2018, with Lendlease developing and building the asset. Lendlease will continue to work with its partners to lease the approximately 7,900 square metres of remaining office space. 25 King is Lendlease’s fifth engineered timber building in Australia and joins International House Sydney, Forte Apartments and Library at The Dock in Melbourne, and Jordan Springs Community Hub in Western Sydney. Lendlease is a partner in The Future Timber Hub, Australia’s leading timber research collaboration committed to challenging the barrier of timber construction by pursuing research-based strategies and innovation technologies to boost the timber industry. AUSTRALASIAN TIMBER APRIL 2018

Project facts: Ŷ 25 King comprised of 3,097 individual timber elements Ŷ 33 timber columns on each floor and 52 beams Ŷ CLT - approx. 21,175m2 or 4824m3 of CLT timber (walls and floor) Ŷ Glulam approx. 1415m3 (beam and columns) Ŷ Approximately 112,500 screws/ bolts are required for the construction of 25 King. Ŷ Six core modules and six K bracing modules to assemble per level. Ŷ The project team has allowed two days to pre-assemble the modules in each floor cycle. Ŷ A spruce tree is an exceptionally fast-growing species found in Austria. The time it will take in the Austrian forests to grow back the timber used on 25 King is as little as 6 hours in total.


Lagos wooden tower introduces green construction to Africa’s largest city


e r m a n n Kamte, young Cameroonian architect and the founder of company Hermann Kamte & Associates (HKA), is the driving force behind the famous sketch of Lagos Wooden Tower. Originally designed as a submission for Metsa Wood’s City Above the City competition, Kamte’s design looks to tackle the problem of poorly planned construction in many African cities by pushing the boundaries of contemporary architecture. In the City Above the City competition, participants were invited to suggest solutions for new housing on top of existing urban buildings, using Metsa Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated

veneer lumber) as the main material. Kamte’s highly innovative design used Kerto® LVL to construct an 87-metre high tower on top of an existing concrete building in the heart of Nigeria’s capital city, Lagos. Mixed residential spaces, separated by open floors featuring sky gardens and amenities, are shaded and ventilated by a stylised wooden envelope using symbols that reflect Nigerian Yoruba heritage. Among other awards and nominations, the design project has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards. It was also a winner of the 2017 WAFX Prize in the cultural identity category. Engineered wood

products like Kerto LVL create possibilities for fast, light and green construction. Yet the wooden materials account for only a very small fraction of global construction. Ensuring a successful future for this industry demands a fundamental reinvention and rethinking of how we build with wood. We need to build faster, more affordably and more efficiently. Thanks to pioneering young designers such as Hermann Kamte, more and more of Africa’s new architecture is winning widespread acclaim for its innovation and sustainability. The Lagos design project has really caught people’s attention and highlighted the potential of wood construction in

Africa. Seeing wood as a valuable and sustainable resource could benefit African society at large, but right now, for African designers and builders, concrete and bricks are far easier to obtain and a lot cheaper than wooden construction products. However, there is still potential for this to change. As we raise the profile of timber-based architecture, the demand will grow and wooden building solutions will become cheaper and more accessible.

Among other awards and nominations, the design project has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards.

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imberlink has launched its “Made of Tasmania” advertising campaign to emphasize Timberlink Australia’s link to the Tasmanian community, economy and environment. The print, radio, outdoor media and online advertising campaign highlights the positive role that Timberlink’s sustainably produced timber has in the Tasmanian community. The advert shows all of the Tasmanians employed in the production of Timberlink timber, from the forest, to the mill, through to the retailers’ shelves, as well end users and the community groups that Timberlink supports. Timberlink Australia now employs more than 200 Tasmanians and has a $150 million direct and indirect impact on the Tasmanian economy per annum. Timberlink’s CEO, Ian Tyson, said the campaign reflects Timberlink’s leadership in the industry, impact on the local community and the continued growth of the company. “The campaign is a great way to show our customers, their customers and all Tasmanians, how Timberlink positively impacts upon Tasmania,” Mr Tyson said. “Timberlink has a great story to tell. We are the only large scale, forestry-integrated plantation softwood sawmilling business operating in Tasmania. “Timberlink is proud to be an environmentally sustainable company, manufacturing renewable plantation pine timber. Timberlink is also an integral part of its local community, using Tasmanian businesses and person26

nel wherever possible, as well having a strong involvement in community groups, schools and sporting clubs. “Perhaps most importantly the business is a proud economically sustainable Tasmanian manufacturer,” said Mr Tyson. “We are here for the long term and we want to convey this to Tasmanians.” Using the tagline, “Timberlink. Made of Tasmania”, the campaign includes the launch of a new website. The site features extended videos on key sections of the business, including an in-depth look at Timberlink’s use of carbon positive, sustainable, pine plantations. A function was held at the Penny Royal Hotel in Launceston to launch the campaign and show stakeholders the adverts. Ian Tyson gave a presentation. Guests included the Mayor of Georgetown, members of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, industry reps and representatives from Bunnings, IHG stores, independents, Monsons Logistics and sister companies, New Forests and Forico.

Ŷ Corrie Shipton, Erin Crane and Shaun Roberts.

Ŷ Timberlink CEO Ian Tyson.

Ŷ Timberlink Tasmanian State Sales Manager Gareth Watson, talking to a customer.

Ŷ Looking over the vast work site.

Ŷ Bell Bay staff.


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FTMA launches new website By Kersten Gentle Executive Officer FTMA Australia


TMA Australia has launched its new website, FTMA News which provides members and visitors to the site with a wide range of new news columns and members resources. The new website columns, which we encourage members to participate in by recommending subjects or by contributing with their own stories, are: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly which gives fabricators and members to highlight what is good, what is bad and what is downright ugly about our industry. The first story for this segment focuses on bad and ugly delivery standards that are unacceptable. We encourage you to send your photos and a short description which will published anonymously. So send your comments and pictures to editor@ftmanews. Biz Buzz provides a platform that can deliver information, ideas and support for our readers. The topics are many and so varied with one thing in common, they will be informative and thought provoking. Machinery for Sale is a great way for FTMA

Members to sell their equipment. We have had a strong track record for selling equipment at no cost to the member. If you have equipment for sale, please send photos and description to Protecting your business with TTIA is a segment which provides important information on Workplace Health & Safety and Industrial Relations that are critical to your businesses survival. If there are subjects you want to be covered in this session please let us know as this is your newsletter. FTMA News, the website, will also provide FTMA Members with additional benefits through the members only section which contains a wide range of fact sheets, credit applications, insurance benefits and policies which we will continue to build. The Preferred Suppliers page on FTMA News will allow users to access a wide range of contacts in areas important to our industry. For example, under Timber Suppliers you will be able to download PDF’s containing contacts for all our timber sponsors which will be followed by a list of all

timber sponsors who are members of FTMA Australia. It is important to provide these benefits for suppliers and as usual FTMA Australia strongly urges members to support those suppliers who support your industry. Too many company’s are happy to ride on the coat tails of others, whilst we think those that support your Association deserve your loyalty. One story that appears on the News page of the website is a Good story celebrating the recognition of Ed Serrano, Managing Director of Vekta Automation, who was selected at the 2018 Business News 40under40 Gala Dinner held at Crown Perth, as a 40under40 winner, finalist for the First Amongst Equals and winner of the Medium Business Category. First established in 2002, the 40under40 awards celebrate the passion, vision and achievements of Western Australia’s young business people and the contribution they are making to the state’s future. The awards received nearly one hundred nominations this year from a diverse range of business people mak-

ing a difference from all over the state. The judges were impressed with the way Ed has grown Vekta Automation. Starting from humble beginnings, the Razer Linear saw had poor market reputation when the intellectual property was first purchased, however, with the redevelopment of the Razer, the addition of supporting products, such as the P3 Printer, and their customer first focus, Vekta is now a leading manufacturer, servicing the truss and frame industry in Australia, New Zealand and North America. Ed was humbled to have received such a prestigious award and attributes his success to the support and encouragement he has received from his wife, Shelena. We know how that feels Ed, as Shelena has shown great support with FTMA. These are the types of stories we want to see. We also want to highlight the bad and the ugly as the only way we can address issues in our industry is by speaking to them. We encourage readers to visit www.ftmanews. com and ensure you have your say on our subjects moving forward.

Small business to be biggest winners from ‘reno’ boom More than 370,000 SME builders and tradies will be big winners as Aussie homeowners spend an expected $44 billion renovating their properties over the next five years. “The vast majority of home renovations are done by the small building businesses which make up 98% of our industry,” said Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia. “The latest forecast of building and construction activity predicts that the renovation sector will go from strength to strength and continue to build on the decade high


$8.3 billion in activity seen in the last financial year,” she said. “Renovations is already a key source of work for small and medium sized building firms. The $8.3 billion in renovation activity achieved last year is only the beginning and small builders and tradies can expect an average $8.8 billion pipeline of work each year,” Denita said. “The sector will be an important source of growth and jobs as the construction of new homes moderates from the historic high levels seen over the past few years,”

she said. “There is great news for builders outside the eastern states and in regional Australia. In fact, we expect growth in renovation work to be strongest outside the Melbourne and Sydney markets - in South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and regional Australia,” she said. “Young men and women looking for a great career will also be winners as this growth will support more well-paying jobs in the building trades.


FTMA Australia is an independent, national organisation representing fabricators of and suppliers to the timber prefabricated truss and wall frame industry in all Australian states & territories providing a unified voice, to protect and advance our mult-billion dollar industry. FTMA Australia thanks our dedicated supporters and encourages you to support those who support your industry GOLD SPONSORS




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SIPersonal Leave/employee notification obligations Brian Beecroft Chief Executive Officer TTIA


ince the commencement of the new year, it has been noticeable by the number of calls we have had from employers, that there are increasing issues about the lack of notification they receive when a staff member has time off for illness. There seems to be a misconception in the wider community that the only requirement for an employee to qualify to be entitled to draw upon their personal leave (sick leave) is the production of a doctor’s certificate upon re-commencement at work. It’s wrong! The other missing part of the equation is the requirement to notify their employer, as well as the agreed form of proof. In one such instance raised on the TTIA employer hotline, the employee had taken three days off without any notification to the employer. The employer in turn attempted to contact the staff member but had no success. The NES provides that:

For all periods of personal/carer’s leave or compassionate leave, an employee must give his or her employer notice of the taking of such leave. The notice must be given to the employer as soon as practicable (which may be a time after the leave has started), and must advise the employer of the period, or expected period, of the leave. An employer is entitled to request evidence that would substantiate the reason for leave. A failure to either provide notice or, if required, evidence that would satisfy a reasonable person to substantiate the reasons for the leave, means the employee is not entitled to the leave. An award or agreement may include terms relating to the kind of evidence that an employee must provide in order to be entitled to paid personal/carer’s leave, unpaid carer’s leave or compassionate leave. For example, an employer may request that the employee provides a medical certificate.

In addition, employers are within their rights to establish clear company policies and conditions of employment that further clarify what is expected in these circumstances. Most businesses have a provision that requires an employee to notify the employer of non-attendance before or within a certain time (e.g. within 1 hour of commencement of work) in the case of taking personal/sick leave. Flexibility is often applied depending on the circumstances. Such notification is essential to plan whether additional resources are needed or how to reorganise existing resources for that time. That said, not notifying an employer of an absence for a day or a number of days and then expecting payment with a medical certificate is clearly not acceptable and subject to exceptional circumstances, would disentitle the employee to payment for the day/s claimed. TTIA has the timber products industry’s only in-house fully resourced employment helpline available to assist businesses in any employment matter. If in any doubt as to your legal rights, call the TTIA Hotline (02) 9264 0011.

TTIA delivers significant member savings TTIA, as part of our policy of rolling out savings and benefits, being responsive to Membership needs and with a desire to further strengthen the value of TTIA membership, has been able to utilise its significant national membership numbers and buying power to achieve the following savings and assistance for Members: Ŷ Ŷ Ŷ Ŷ Ŷ Ŷ Ŷ Ŷ Ŷ Ŷ Ŷ Ŷ Ŷ Ŷ Ŷ

Fuel discounts Energy Telecommunication Waste management Recruitment and Labour Hire Packaging Insurance and Finance Trade Credit data and insurance First Aid products Drug & Alcohol Testing WHS Breathalyser Equipment Fire extinguishers and fire protection systems Workers Compensation Advice Line Industry training Vehicle provider and finance

Many Members are already enjoying the benefits of these significantly reduced discounts and savings. Members are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities available for significant discounts and savings by ringing the TTIA Office on (02) 9264 0011 for further details.


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NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards 2018


ntries are now being taken for the 2018 NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards, the country’s only Timber Design Award event that allows engineers, architects, architectural designers and builders to showcase innovation using timber. This years’ new category is “Multi-Storey Timber Building Design” and has been added to showcase designs of multistorey timber buildings in New Zealand. The timeline for the awards is: Stage One Entries close: 30 April 2018 Stage One Judging announced: 21 May 2018 Stage Two Entries: 8 June (confirmation that finalists will partake in Stage Two)

Close Stage Two Entries: 20 July 2018 Stage Two Judging: 7 August 2018 Winners announced at the “Gala Awards Dinner” at the Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland – 20 September Members of this year’s judging panel are: Pamela Bell (PreFab NZ) David Carradine (Timber Design Society), Tim Melville (NZIA), Andrea Stocchero (Scion - Sustainable Architect) Entry is open to NZ resident architects, builders, architectural designers, engineers, students and other designers who have used NZ originated timber that has been manufactured in NZ.




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Towards developing a marketing plan By Peter Llewellyn Technical Representative, Timber Veneer Association of Australia


t the Timber Veneer Ass o c i a t i o n ’s annual general meeting last October Kathy Packenas of KP & Co. was given a brief to formulate a Marketing Communications plan

for the Association. As a first step it was agreed that TVAA members had to define the goals and objectives of the Association. Clearly, to formulate an effective Marketing Communications Plan,

it’s essential to ensure the TVAA knows what it is trying to achieve. Accordingly, all members were given a questionnaire to clarify what they expect from their membership of the TVAA.

In particular, the Association was seeking to put together a list of strategies that: 1. Define TVAA’s business objectives 2. Define TVAA’s current and target markets 3. Define a clear picture of success for TVAA All members were encouraged to complete the questionnaire so that opinions are

canvassed as widely as possible. Feedback from the questionnaire were discussed at the TVAA’s first meeting for 2018 (22 March on the Gold Coast) and be provided to the Association’s marketing consultant to guide her in formulating a plan. The TVAA has an impressive history in solving industry problems, producing high quality literature, moni-

toring regulations and maintaining quality levels to ensure confidence in veneered products. TVAA’s Executive feels the development of a Marketing Plan is an important further step in ensuring that the Association remains relevant, reflects the views of its members, and continues to work for the benefit of the veneer industry rather than resting on past achievements.

New logo highlights even more services through TABMA By Colin Fitzpatrick Chief Executive Officer Timber & Building Materials Association (Aust.) Ltd


s TABMA is continually looking to refresh ourselves, above is 30

the new TABMA Australia logo that was introduced earlier this year. This logo will replace

the existing logo that has been used for nearly 40 years. As well, in 2018 we will be introducing a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) scheme through Job Ready. This CRM will enable our various divisions to “talk” to each other leading to improved communication with our members,

apprentices and trainees and host employers. A CRM uses data analysis to improve business relationships by compiling data from a range of different communication channels, including our website, telephone, email, live chat, marketing materials and social media to provide us with the opportunity to learn


more about our target audiences and how to best cater to their needs. In the 2017 calendar year, TABMA Apprentices & Trainees commenced well over 100 young people into apprenticeships and traineeships in the timber, furnishing, construction, business and manufacturing vocations nation-

ally. In total almost 300 positions were advertised for over 200 host employers. During the year 66 of our apprentices and trainees graduated after becoming fully qualified. As well 21 of our apprentices and trainees were nominated for awards both internally and externally by various outside agencies.

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Australasian Timber - April 2018  

Australasian Timber Magazine covers the timber industry from timber coming in from green mills through to the finished product going into co...

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Australasian Timber Magazine covers the timber industry from timber coming in from green mills through to the finished product going into co...