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Dates for your Diary Promote your events in this publication (and also on our electronic Daily Timber News). Lodge details at or phone (08) 7127 6370. 12-15 January 2013 DOMOTEX - The World of Flooring. Exhibition Grounds, Hannover, Germany 14-16 January 2013 Digital Fabrication with Timber Studio. The UTAS School of Architecture and Design is continuing its long tradition of learning-by-making with two exciting workshops this summer in Launceston, Tasmania. This three-day intensive studio offers participants hands-on experience of digital design and fabrication processes with timber. . Email au. Phone +61 3 6324 4470 14-19 January 2013 BAU - German Building Fair. New Munich Trade Fair Centre. Munich, Germany 14-20 January 2013 International Furniture Fair. Exhibition centre in CologneDeutz. Cologne, Germany 17 – 20 January, 2013 DOOR FAIR TURKEY . Istanbul Expo Centre. Yesilköy, Turkey 29 – 31 January 2013 Surfaces 2013. Mandalay Bay Convention Centre. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 4 – 8 February 2013 PaperWeek Canada. Hôtel Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montréal, Québec, Canada. 4-8 February 2013 Third International Forest Biorefinery Symposium, Montreal, Canada. February 2013 Australian Timber Design Workshop. The UTAS School of Architecture and Design is continuing its long tradition of learning-by-making with two exciting workshops this summer in Launceston, Tasmania. In the two-week Australian Timber Design Workshop (ATDW) participants will design, fabricate, construct and install a small timber building from a controlled timber-rich palette in 11 days.  Email: au. Phone +61 3 6324 4470 6-8 February 2013 The Australian International Furniture Fair and co-located decoration + design will return to the Sydney Exhibition Centre. or  20 – 22 February 2013 Frame Building Expo. Memphis Cook Convention Centre. Memphis , TN, USA 20-22 February 2013 23rd ACOTEPAC (The Colombian Technical Association of the Pulp, Paper and Board Industry) International Congress, Cali, Colombia. February 2013 Drevostavby - International Trade Fair of Wooden Building and Construction. Prague Holesovice Fairground,Výstaviště 67, Prague, Czech Republic 5-7 March 2013 Ecobuild. London’s ExCel. London, United Kingdom PRESENTED BY ..........................


US Wood Products Show generating keen interest Down-Under A

FTER THE US housing market and wood products industry hit rock bottom, Portland’s Timber Processing and Energy Expo running in mid-October was a fresh start for both wood processing trade shows and battered wood producers of North America. The show used to be the largest in the Pacific North West but died a natural death as the forest products industry hit hard times. 2012 heralded a fresh start. It was a new show held at a new location. Over 40,000 square feet of exhibition space was able to be used by 160 exhibitors. Exhibition space actually sold out weeks before the show. The mood by exhibitors and those attending the show was overwhelmingly upbeat. Producers and suppliers at the show were talking about key indicators all pointing to a recovery in the US market. July housing starts for example were up 29% over projections from a year ago, projections for new construction looking forward were positive and prices and order files had both picked up markedly in the lead up to the show. Many suppliers commented that sales for 2012 were expected to be the best seen in several years and for mills, they’re now opening their purse strings and looking to upgrade or replace worn or obsolete systems to meet market demand and maintain their competitiveness. The show highlighted the very latest machinery, supplies and services for the primary lumber, engineered wood products, panel and the wood energy industries in the sector. New product innovations were rolled out, demonstrated and a number of innovations by leading technology providers were unveiled for the first time at the show. This optimism at Portland was a huge boost to this region’s WoodEXPO 2013 which runs in both New Zealand and Australia in September next year. The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) was up in Portland in October. The mission was to meet up with key technology providers who had been involved in previous FIEA technology events, those that had customers in Australasia or agents representing them in this part of the world and discuss opportunities for WoodEXPO 2013.

“Without exception, they were excited with the concept. They were committed to this region’s first WoodEXPO in September2013” says FIEA Director, Brent Apthorp. “With the US market finally picking up they’re very keen on servicing and working with local wood processing, manufacturing and panels companies. The unique way WoodEXPO 2013 has been designed was also key point for North American companies. It means they’ll be able to meet and work with both New Zealand and Australian companies at two separate shows – all within a space of under two weeks.” “We’re confident in getting through to WoodEXPO 2013 all of the major suppliers of wood processing technologies suited to local operations. Already, with exhibition packs just been sent out to the market, stands are already being sold and we’re confident of a full house on both sides of the Tasman come September next year” says Brent Apthorp. Full details on the exhibition can be found on the event website www. Over the next month or so FIEA will be working with leading technology providers that have already expressed an interest on being involved in the two-days of technology workshops. A world class programme to profile the very latest tools and technologies local companies can use to improve their own operating efficiencies is being set up as part of the comprehensive WoodEXPO 2013 program.

 Portland in the lense. Photos by Brent Apthorp. The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA), a division of Innovatek Limited, is a unique grouping in Australasia. It’s the principal vehicle for technology transfer for forestry and wood products companies. Through a range of independent programs, new technologies are identified and “showcased” for New Zealand and Australian companies. FIEA runs a regular series of conferences, practical workshops and managed exhibitions

every year. Forestry and wood product companies, key product suppliers, researchers and technology providers from throughout the world are targeted and involved with the programmes. In addition to these events, new resources from the technology programs are also being supplied to New Zealand and Australian companies. FIEA is now the largest provider of weekly and monthly forest products news in Australasia. For more information visit


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A program that grows and continues to deliver for industry

National Workforce Development Fund


RECORD number of industry enterprises are now making use of the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF), managed via ForestWorks Industry Skills Council, to train their workforces. The NWDF is the Federal Government’s training fund, administered by the Australia Workforce and Productivity Agency and managed by ForestWorks for the benefit of businesses in the forest, wood, paper and timber products industry. The NWDF provides a funding contribution towards worker training across a range of qualifications, from Certificate II to Graduate Diploma, with the aim of assisting enterprises to develop their existing workforces and up-skill in anticipation of future needs. “At ForestWorks, we hear every day about how the NWDF has delivered rewards – financial and otherwise – to enterprises across our industry. However, we are aware that not everyone involved in our industry hears this story,” said ForestWorks chief executive officer Michael Hartman. In the last financial year, 51 new forest and forest products enterprises have moved into the NWDF program, marking the continued growth and success of the program. The NWDF program includes a range of options for enterprises: • providing formal recognition of existing skills and knowledge through nationally recognised qualifications

• up-skilling existing employees for emergent job roles in the enterprise and for progression in roles with greater responsibility (e.g. participating in the management structure of the business) • up-skilling existing employees for new roles created as a result of identified needs (e.g. Harvest Contract Coordinator) or new business operations (e.g. manufacture finger-jointed and laminated products). Hartman explained that the NWDF program had delivered funding towards diverse training outcomes across the country. “In Queensland requests have been predominantly for timber truss and frame design qualifications, while in Tasmania the demand has been largely for forestryspecific qualifications. In Victoria and Western Australia, the demand for training has included timber truss and frame design qualifications, as well as sawmilling and processing qualifications. In New South Wales, the demand has been across a wider range of industry and broad industry qualifications, including First Aid, OH&S and Mobile and Fixed Equipment Operator,” he said. The NWDF program delivers a range of medium and long-term outcomes to enterprises across the industry. Training activity can assist in range of areas, from helping address skills shortages triggered by a

restructure, to assisting with the retention of workers by empowering them through career progression. “Of course, outcomes will vary on a case-by-case basis. The industry has seen productivity, product quality and efficiency improve as a result of training through the NWDF. Beyond that, a learning culture within enterprises can be stimulated and we know this can be a key driver of innovation, which, in turn, is a key driver of productivity. “The fact is that the NWDF is a terrific opportunity for enterprises to take advantage of, as those who have engaged with it already attest. The NWDF, as administered by ForestWorks, is capable of assisting with the development of workers’ skills across the full spectrum of jobs in our industry – from the shop floor to management. “Anyone involved in our industry knows it is under pressure from multiple angles. That’s why we need to share knowledge of the opportunities that exist – like NWDF funding – because they can make a huge difference in this climate.” For further information please visit www.forestworks. Here’s what some people say about the NWDF: “The National Workforce Development Fund has significantly aided with the development of our current team. Australian timber businesses need leaders today now more than ever.”

Forte building an emblem for the future of forest and timber industries THE WORLD’S tallest wooden apartment tower in Melbourne should serve as an emblem for the future of the nation’s forest and timber industries, according to Coalition Forestry spokesman Senator Richard Colbeck. And he maintains that Australian hardwoods were well positioned to provide the next level of advancement in the technology around cross laminated timber panels. The Senator had just completed a tour of the $11 million Lend Lease Forte building in Docklands which used cross laminated timber and was 30% faster and cheaper than would otherwise have been possible using conventional construction. “In no small way, this building represents a possible future for the forest and timber industries in Australia. “This is a stunning example of why it is completely wrong to see timber as a sunset industry, despite the challenges it has ahead. “I was particularly heartened by a quote used by Alex de Rijke, a renowned London architect, that if the 19th century was of steel and the 20th century of concrete, then the 21st century is about engineered timber.

“To see a project of this scale and cost in Australia really does excite me, but we still don’t have the manufacturing processes here to create these sorts of materials and, partly, because we haven’t created the demand.” Senator Colbeck said Australia had the material, skills and expertise to realise the industry’s vast potential. There were, however, changes required in policy settings such as a greater commitment to research and development, and providing certainty around timber supply. He also said the timber and forest industries needed to find new ways to communicate the value of the industry – both in financial and environmental terms – to the broader public. Australian hardwoods were well positioned to provide the next level of advancement in the technology around cross laminated timber panels, Senator Colbeck said. “We need to create an environment in which people have the confidence to invest in innovation,” he said. “There is a bright future there to be realised, but the policy settings are not right. “A Coalition Government will create the right environment for research and development, will foster innovation, cut red tape and guarantee supply.”

NICK STEENS Business Development Manager – Independent Timber Supplies Rockingham, WA “Great opportunity for my staff to gain recognition for their qualifications.” MARK HULL Managing Director –MCM Frame & Truss Pty Ltd, St Marys, NSW “Taking on this training has given me the skills to further my career.” REGGIE ROACH Trainee Detailer – North Side Truss & Frame, Brendale, QLD

“Bridging the gap between our current skill sets and where we want to be in the future is essential to the growth of our business. The National Workforce Development Fund has provided us with an avenue to do this.” KYM BOEY Trainee in the Frontline Manager Program – Independent Timber Supplies, Rockingham, WA “Training our staff lifts their skills which, in turn, lifts the standards within our sector. This takes frame and truss to a higher level.” CHRIS HAY

Manager – North Side Truss & Frame, Brendale, QLD “We took the opportunity offered by ForestWorks to give our people training they may not normally receive in the timber industry.” ROY EDWARDS Director – Heyden Frame and Truss, Wyong North, NSW “The National Workforce Development Fund is helping our business to provide training that improves the skills of our employees and our business.” MICHAEL BRILL Manager and Owner – Stronach Timber, Scottsdale, TAS

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Date anD Venue The inaugural Forest Science Course will take place 18 – 22 February 2013 at the University of Melbourne campus in Creswick, west-central Victoria.

Who ShoulD attenD Senior and potential managers as well as consultants within the forest industry. The course will be of particular relevance to those who may have recently joined the industry.

Why you ShoulD attenD A fuller understanding at a professional level of forest science and its application in Australia is essential if our industry is to achieve its full potential. This course will provide you with the understanding to improve your personal and business performances and to view your operations within the national and international contexts. The course is limited to about 35 participants.

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$90 million boost for Australian Paper recycling C O N S T RUC T IO N OF a $90 million waste paper recycling plant at Australian Paper’s Maryvale Mill in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley will generate 50,000 tonnes of premium recycled pulp each year, diverting up to 80,000 tonnes of wastepaper from Australian landfill; equivalent to more than 16 billion sheets of A4 office paper every year. “The Maryvale recycling plant will secure Australian Paper’s position as the market leader in premium recycled paper and is a positive initiative for our local environment, jobs and the community,” said Jim Henneberry, chief executive officer, Australian Paper. The plant will triple Australian Paper’s usage of recycled fibre and will enable the development of an innovative range of new Australian made recycled office, printing, envelope and stationery

papers. Construction on the new plant has started with production scheduled to commence from early 2014. “We are proud of this investment in sustainable Victorian manufacturing and would like to acknowledge the strong support we have received from a broad range of stakeholders including our customers, unions, the Latrobe City Council, environmental groups, and a range of business and community stakeholders. In particular, we thank the State and Commonwealth Governments and Low Carbon Australia for their support and for sharing our vision to make this investment possible,” Henneberry said. An Economic Impact Report prepared by Western Research Institute calculates that Australian Paper’s total operations supported around 6,000 FTE jobs and contributed



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over $750 million to the Australian economy in 2011. Including flow-on impacts, the recycling plant will support more than 950 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs during construction and around 250 FTE jobs on-going. Construction and ongoing operations of the plant will also drive around $160 million in combined value to the economy. The plant will be closely integrated with the existing Maryvale Mill to optimise energy and transport efficiencies. Henneberry said the plant would allow the company to offer Australian customers a much broader range of premium recycled papers with the highest environmental credentials in the Australasian region. “This will further differentiate our products from the imported paper out of Indonesia, China and Thailand that do not share the same local environmental, social and economic benefits as our Australian manufactured papers,” Henneberry said. National organization Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and also the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) have lauded the

move by Australian Paper. VAFI chief executive officer Lisa Marty said the Victorian forest and wood products industry was one of the most sustainable sectors of the economy, working with a carbon storing, renewable and recyclable material. “The new waste paper recycling plant enhances the sustainability of local paper production, extending product stewardship,” she said. “It provides local consumers with an alternative to imported brands of paper, which may travel 15,000km, from plantations in Uruguay via Chinese factories to Australian stores, which add to our $1.3 billion trade deficit in paper and paperboard products. Marty said the company’s investment would help ensure a sustainable future for the company, the largest private employer in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. “This new waste paper recycling plant will make a real difference for the communities and people in the area,” she said. “Flow-on employment benefits during the construction phase of the recycling plant will support

more than 950 full-time equivalent jobs, with a further 250 ongoing jobs supported once the plant is operational. This will make a healthy addition to the 24,000 people already directly employed by the Victorian forest and wood products industry.” AFPA chief executive Dr David Pollard was also high in praise of the project. “This investment will generate 50,000 tonnes of recycled pulp each year, diverting up to 80 000 tonnes of wastepaper that would otherwise end up in landfill; a good environmental outcome that demonstrates the renewability of wood and paper products.” Similar good news was also announced by Norske Skog in September with investment of $84 million at its Boyer mill in Tasmania to enable production of coated paper grades, suitable for magazines and catalogues. “This project will replace 140,000 tonnes of currently imported paper, improving our net trade position, as well as supporting over 300 direct and 900 indirect jobs plus a further 100 jobs during the construction phase,” said Dr Pollard.

“These investments come at an important time for the Australian economy and show the innovation and diversification within the pulp and paper sector to position it for further growth into the future. “These investments demonstrate the commitment by industry to the long term benefits and value from paper products, which are highly suited for recycling and reuse as well as meeting daily consumer needs.” Dr Pollard said the forest, wood and paper products industry was committed to undertaking a partnership approach with Governments and communities to promote these positive opportunities and multiple benefits. AFPA recently released a national policy roadmap ‘A Renewable Future’, identifying key opportunities for positioning the industry at the forefront of the new low carbon economy.

Strong future for Australia’s pulp and paper industry THE GOVERNMENT is determined to work with Australia’s pulp and paper industry to enable it to undertake the investment and develop the skills required to secure the industry’s long term sustainability and prosperity, according to Industry and Innovation Minister Greg Combet. “The industry adds value to our natural resources, produces renewable energy and consumes recycled products,” he said when releasing the Government’s response to the Pulp and Paper Industry Strategy Group report. The report outlines Australia’s first major pulp and paper industry strategy developed after a comprehensive review of the industry by the industry. It identifies the business environment needed for the pulp and paper industry to be successful and prosperous, particularly in regional Australia. The Government’s response to the report highlights many of the economy wide reforms already undertaken since the report was released. These include:

releasing the Clean Energy Future package; improving Australia’s anti-dumping system; illegal logging legislation; encouraging research and development through the new R&D Tax Incentive; and the Building Australia’s Future Workforce skills package. “Recent investments by the industry demonstrate that global pulp and paper companies are committed to their Australian-based operations,” the Minister said. “The Australian Government has recognised this by committing $9.5 million towards Australian Paper’s $90 million investment in a new de-inked pulp facility at Maryvale in Victoria and up to $28 million towards an $84 million project to diversify output from Norske Skog’s Boyer mill in Tasmania,” Combet said. Australian Paper has welcomed the Australian Government’s response to the Pulp and Paper Industry Strategy Group (PPISG) Report. “Australian Paper appreciates the Government’s confirmation

that the pulp and paper industry is a fundamental part of Australia’s manufacturing sector. The Government’s recognition of the importance of sustainable growth in plantation resources for the long term requirements of the industry is also fully consistent with Australian Paper’s Fibre Resource Strategy,” said Australian Paper CEO and PPISG deputy co-chair Jim Henneberry. “The recent announcement that Australian Paper will construct a $90 million waste paper recycling plant at the Maryvale Mill in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley is a major investment in sustainable innovation for the Australian pulp and paper industry. The Government’s support for this plant and the establishment of procurement targets for the use of recycled paper by government agencies is critical to the success of this investment,” Henneberry said. He also noted the Government’s recognition that the pulp and paper industry makes a significant social and economic contribution to local communities. “As the largest private

 Jim Henneberry. employer in the Latrobe Valley, Australian Paper’s total operations support around 6,000 FTE jobs nationally. We also contributed over $750 million to the Australian economy in 2011. Including flow-on impacts, the recycling plant will support more than 950 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs during construction and around 250 FTE jobs on-going. We are proud of our contribution to regional communities and in turn Australian Paper appreciates the support of Australian consumers for locally made office, printing and packaging papers. “Australian Paper’s commitment to innovative growth through recycling will further differentiate our products from the imported paper out of Indonesia, China and Thailand that do not share the same local environmental, social and economic benefits as our Australian manufactured papers,” Henneberry said.


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Competition that really is ‘crate’ A

FTER A six-year hiatus, Create from a Crate, an innovative competition that challenges artists, furniture designers and woodworkers to create a masterpiece from an old packaging crate, is on again. Waste Converters Recycling and the Victorian Woodworking Association are re-launching the competition in a bid to highlight the inherent beauty of wood while actively promoting recycling and waste reduction. With prizemoney totalling $7000, the competition is one of Australia’s premier woodworking prizes. Create from a Crate is the brainchild of Ward Petherbridge, a passionate environmentalist and owner of Waste Converters, a recycling depot in Dandenong that specialises in repairing and re-purposing timber packaging waste. “Timber packaging is commonly used for transporting heavy freight around the world. Over the years I have noticed the pallets and crates, originating from Europe and the US, were often made from highly valuable and beautiful timbers such as oak and elm. I couldn’t bear to see this timber sent to landfill or pulverised into mulch so I started approaching artists, furniture designers and architects to see if they wanted to utilise this incredible commodity. “The competition is another vehicle for ensuring this waste stream is valued,” said Petherbridge. In Victoria alone, more than 500,000 tonnes of timber waste are disposed of each year, with industrial packaging such as pallets and crates commonly ending up in landfill sites or being pulverised into low-grade mulch as a means of disposal. Amcor Flexibles will be supplying timber from their waste stream for the competition and participants will have 12 months to

deconstruct the crate and design and produce their entry. “Each time we run the competition we limit the timber source to one item of packaging. In previous years we used truck engine crates from IVECO. This year we are giving each entrant two large pallets from AMCOR Flexibles. These pallets were used to import metallic film from the USA to make chip/ crisp packets! “The idea is to keep the material uniform so the entrants experience the same challenge of designing a piece around the limited amount of timber rather than designing a piece and then just going out to buy what they need to make it. This way it is the same challenge for all entrants,” he said. The pallets can be collected from Waste Converters

Recycling Pty Ltd, 185 Westernport Highway, Dandenong South 3175, or the Victorian Woodworkers Association in North Melbourne. “There are no constraints on the design and making process. The only limitations are the wood components of the crate and the artist’s imagination,” said Petherbridge. In previous years entries have been received from renowned practitioners including furniture designer Martin Davis, and sculptors Augustine D’allava and Emily Floyd. In 2003 John Sargeant, a Dandenong-based woodworker, produced a violin from his crate. Create from a Crate was launched at the Victorian Woodworking Association Stand at the 2012 Working with Wood Show.

 Ward Petherbridge with the USA pallets being used for the current competition.

 Close-up krake on a crate 2004.

 Winning Entry 2006

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Australian Timber Design Workshop even easier to attend F

ULL-TIME students can now participate in the Australian Timber Design Workshop (ATDW) through direct cross-institutional enrolment. This makes it even easier for those keen to develop skills and confidence in timber design to attend at least one of CSAW’s two summer workshops: Digital Fabrication with Timber Studio (DFTS), 14-16 January 2013. This three-day intensive studio offers participants handson experience of digital design and fabrication processes with timber. Participants will conceive, parametrically model, prototype, fabricate and erect geometrically complex wooden structures in full size. The DFTS offers participants a hands-on experience of the digital design and fabrication process with geometrically complex structures in timber. During the threeday studio, participants will design, prototype, fabricate, and construct a timber structure. Participants will be encouraged and supported to make full use of the facilities available

including a well-equipped timber workshop, laser cutters, CNC routers, 3D modelling software, and parametric design tools. What will I learn? The DFTS is structured to develop skills and confidence in design with wood, particularly wood as a medium of

experienced tutors will provide participants with a detailed insight into using timber in geometrically complex buildings. Who should attend? The program will appeal to those with an interest in upto-date 3D modelling tools, parametric design, the use to CAD-CAM fabrication,

Hands-on experience of the digital design and fabrication process with geometrically complex structures in timber. achieving geometrically complex structural forms and systems. It provides participants with an opportunity to learn handson about the up-to-date use of parametric and 3D modelling tools, production of fabrication information for a computer controlled router; and timber in design and construction. Participants will have access to on-line lectures and learning resources before the DFTS. Keynote lectures by invited speakers and internationally

Kickstart a welcome boost to apprentice employment THE GOVERNMENT is to be applauded for its decision to introduce a kick-start bonus to employers of apprentices as it will encourage building businesses to take on new apprentices. The Housing Industry Association welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Skills, Senator Evans, to offer additional incentives to employers of apprentices from December 2012. Under the Government’s Kickstart plan, additional incentives of $3,350 will be available to the employers (small and medium enterprises only) of new apprentices commencing an apprenticeship in construction related occupations that appear on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL). According to HIA managing director Shane Goodwin, these new incentives were also timely as the residential construction industry was currently struggling, with home building activity recording its lowest levels for decades. “Apprentice employment unfortunately is the first to suffer when business confidence is down. “Yet although market conditions are currently tough, there remains a chronic undersupply of housing across Australia and a structural shortage of skilled tradespeople. It is important that when building activity picks up that there is sufficient workforce to deliver to the community the quantity of housing required, at the quality demanded,” he said. HIA also supports the fact the additional payments will be made in two instalments; $850 paid at six months from commencement and $2,500 paid at 12 months from commencement. “Building businesses are cash flow driven and the Government has importantly recognised that ongoing incentives are required to employers across the payment cycle”, said Goodwin.

and the design of complex forms with timber. Where is it being held? The DFTS is being held in the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture and Design building, 8 Invermay Rd, Inveresk in Launceston, Tasmania. This is an easy 15 minute walk from central Launceston. Are places limited? The workshop is limited to 20 participants and places are available on a strict firstcome, first-served basis. A place can be secured by registering and paying a $100 deposit. Once the workshop is full, intending participants can go onto a wait list. Can I earn PD points by attending? CSAW is seeking PD registration for the Studio and will

provide participants with supporting certificates. Registration is secured by paying a minimum $100 deposit using the DFTS brochure or online at:ht t ps://pay ment s. ut a s .e d u . a u /c a s h i e r i ng / t r a n fo r m .cg i? T R A N NO=125 Australian Timber Design Workshop (ATDW), 4-15 February 2013. In the two-week ATDW, participants will design, fabricate, construct and install a small timber building from a controlled timber-rich palette in eleven days. The building is for a local school, and its students are developing the design brief and will be the workshop’s ‘client’. The ATDW is structured as a standard academic unit of the University of Tasmania. The ATDW is a design and construction workshop for those who want to know more about timber and build confidence in its use. It is unashamedly hands-on. In eleven days, participants have to: •D  esign a small structure for the client, students at a local school. •D  etail, fabricate and assemble the installation in the UTas workshop. • I nstall it in place at the school. Built from a controlled timber-rich palette of materials, the structure will be in regular use at the school and needs to be safe and reliable. Participants

will be encouraged to use 3D modeling and computer controlled fabrication tools alongside traditional carpentry approaches. UTas staff and visiting professionals will provide design and technical support at each stage of the process. What will I learn? The ATDW is structured to develop skills and confidence in the design and use of timber and wood products. It provides participants with an opportunity to learn handson about the cutting edge use of timber in design and construction. Participants will have access to online lectures and learning resources before the ATDW and there is an extensive lecture and social program during the event. Keynote lectures by invited speakers will provide participants with a detailed insight into using timber in buildings. Who should attend? The ATDW specifically caters for undergraduate architecture, engineering and design students, practicing building design professionals, and timber industry practitioners. Where is it being held? The ATDW is being held in the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture and Design building, 8 Invermay Rd, Inveresk in Launceston, Tasmania. This is an easy 15 min. walk from central Launceston.

Are places limited? The workshop is limited to 45 participants and places are available on a strict firstcome, first-served basis. A maximum of 20 places are available for existing UTas students. Can I earn academic credit or PD points by attending? The ATDW is structured as a standard academic unit of the University of Tasmania. The unit code is KDA383/384: Learning by Making Design Project (Australian Timber Design Workshop). It qualifies as a unit of CSAW’s GradCert Timber. • UTas students can enrol through the normal online enrolment portal. HECS or other fees will be charged in line with their current enrolment. • Interstate students can either: • Enrol using crossinstitutional enrolment processes. HECS or other fees will be charged in line with their current enrolment. Contact for details, or • Pay the upfront fees and claim academic credit in their institutions for participation. This is the student’s responsibility. They must also notify CSAW of their intention to do so. • The workshop is seeking PD registration and will provide participants with supporting certificates. For further information go to

Wellbeing of workers employed in the forest, wood and paper products industries THE CENTRE for Research and Action in Public Health of the University of Canberra is studying how working in the forest, wood and paper products industries influences the health and wellbeing of the people employed in these industries. Supporting the health and wellbeing of workers is critical for any industry, and the forest, wood and paper products industries are no exception. Considering worker wellbeing is important not only to ensure workers are healthy, but also because industries that provide a better environment for their workers often find it easier to recruit and retain workers. However, little is known about how workers are affected by ongoing changes occurring in many parts of the forest, wood and paper products industries, or how their wellbeing compares to that of people working in other industries. This study will help identify the

health and wellbeing of workers, and any pressures or issues that affect their wellbeing. The study was funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry. Anyone working for a business that depends on the forest, wood or paper products industries is invited to participate by completing a survey. The survey is open to anyone employed in these businesses, ranging from forest managers, contractors to a business in the industry, harvest or haulage operators, and people working in a sawmill, pulpmill or paper mill, through to business managers, book keepers and administrative workers. To complete the survey online, go to: FORESTSURVEY Not able to do the survey online? Ring freecall number 1800 981 499 to be posted a survey form or complete the survey over the phone.

The survey is open to workers located anywhere in Australia. People working in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia are also eligible to go into a prize draw to win a $1000 Flight Centre gift card or one of 6 other prizes (unfortunately we weren’t able to extend the prize draw beyond these areas). More information can be found online at the link provided above. The survey takes about 25 minutes to complete, and closes on 31 December 2012. The results of the study will be published in 2013 as publicly available reports and in journal papers, and anyone who completes the survey will be sent a summary of results if they tick the box provided on the survey. If you have further questions about this project, contact the survey team (Dr Jacki Schirmer, Professor Helen Berry and Ms Melinda Mylek) at: Freecall: 1800 981 499 or Email:


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New CHH mill should reach maximum output in 2013 P

L Y W O O D PRODUCTION at Carter Holt Harvey Myrtleford’s operation is on target to hit maximum output within 12 months if the continuing rate of improvement during the commissioning phase is achieved, according to Carter Holt Harvey Myrtleford facility manager Ross Barlow. Speaking at a recent gathering of North East Victoria Hoo Hoo Club No. 236 members in Myrtleford, Barlow outlined the progress made since the $60 million upgrade was opened last year, after the privately-owned company decided to build a new plywood mill to replace the sawmill. “It’s been the right thing for the area and we certainly recognise the mill is a cornerstone of Myrtleford and the area and a critical part of the community and feel a big responsibility,” he said. The former softwood sawmill was quite small in comparison to other operations within the industry and wasn’t a viable or competitive proposition. “It’s been no secret the (saw) mill was uneconomic for a number of years,” he said. Plywood production started in mid-2011 and reached 60% of design rate throughput when Barlow arrived six months ago and production continues to increase at a steady pace.

“We’re sitting at 75-80% of design and my estimation is we have another six to nine months before we get into the 90-95% area,” Barlow said. He said the mill’s design capacity was an annual plywood production rate of 90,000 cubic metres and the aim was to reach this by midto-late next year. “It’s fair to say there’s been some negativity out there, saying the mill isn’t going as well as it should; it was something I walked into and we had to put some more skills and resources in there, as we had been doing ... it’s a key thing to have engineering resources and get some key things in place about how we operate,” he said. As the commissioning phase has unfolded, the downgrading rate of the product has halved in the last six months and by year’s end, this will halve again. “Product quality has also been a bit of a problem ... we’re not handling every sheet of veneer and haven’t got the ability as we used to in the old mill,” Barlow said. “We don’t have any way of manually intervening so we have to get the automated controls doing what they’re meant to do, and it does take time to get those things sorted out.” Staff levels sit around the 200 mark, plus contractors,

 North East Hoo Hoo Club members Tom Gordon, Des McNulty and Rob Preston partake in a predinner drink before the club’s dinner meeting in Myrtleford.

and Barlow expects this to settle slightly lower than that once the commissioning phase has ended, but there is potential for other roles with some of the opportunities being investigated. “I think people (employees) are pleased the investment was made and largely the same people are working on site when the project was announced,” he said. And the decision to build a fully automated plywood plant meant the mill workforce had to undergo a significant amount of training. “It’s a huge cultural change moving from a sawmill operation and relatively lowtech, to all this new equipment with banks of computers running the whole thing,” he said. In the last few months, a $3.2 million investment has been made in boilers, with steam a critical component of the operation and Barlow said opportunities existed for expansion within the Carter Holt Harvey Myrtleford site, including the possibility of decorative post manufacturing, reinvigorating the treatment plant on site and bark and residue spin-offs. “Certainly for next year we’ll be doing a lot more work on those types of things to secure the business for us and Myrtleford,” he said. Rising energy costs are seen as a bane for many in industry; however, the Myrtleford mill could be able to reap financial benefits by inputting power to the grid for consumption. “If you’re producing energy you’re in a reasonably good business…maybe in a year or two a combined heat and power plant on the site is a distinct possibility and that gives us another revenue stream,” Barlow said. He reiterated the acceptance by most in the timber industry the market is at its most depressed for the last two decades and life wasn’t about to get easier on

 Barry and Margaret Reardon, Mark Shanks and Shirley Bohun catch up for a chat at the North East Hoo Hoo Club No.236 dinner gathering at Myrtleford on Friday, October 12.

the near horizon. “It’s fair to say when you stump up and get into these projects, as a lot of people find, Murphy’s Law says the market will turn on you when you’re halfway through it and that’s exactly what has happened with us,” he said. “We’ve got an extremely weak construction market and at the same time with the Aussie dollar where it is means anyone with a product in the world to sell would

rather sell it here, and they’re allowed to. “We’ve certainly got a battle on our hands in the market, but looking at the overall volumes of plywood even at the low market levels it’s still sustainable.” Competition will soon be emanating from South America with plywood mills coming online and Asian companies are scheduled to ramp up exporting efforts, thus creating an environment whereby the

mill and components within the business have to be to be running at their optimum. “What is says to us is we have to have the best quality and the best service and the local support, which by and large we have got,” he said. North East Hoo Hoo Club No 236 member Geoff Green thanked Barlow for giving an overview of the ply mill’s progress after the facility manager had concluded a short Q&A session.

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New system is ‘the beginning of the future’ S

INCE THE early 1980s Multinail has been locally developing a suite of software specifically for the design and detailing of roof trusses. Then from the late 1990s to the early 2000s Multinail expanded this software suite to include both a wall frame and floor truss detailing system which provided some revolution to the detailing industry by utilising the one wall input method for pre-nail frames, open web parallel floor trusses and roof trusses. Finally, towards the end of the 2000s Multinail further augmented this existing software suite with the addition of a 3-D model viewer, an automated roof plane solver, a load transfer system, a factory management system and a generic software stock database. In 2009 the Cornerstone project was conceived as Multinail’s response to the need for “next generation” detailing software for the pre-fabrication industry. Interestingly enough, where Multinail’s competitors are foreign owned and run corporations, Multinail remains wholly Australian owned and operated. This fact may not seem as important in this day and age as it once was, however this situation is most advantageous as Multinail is responsible only unto itself and is not influenced by any prerequisite requirements of other countries that can negatively influence and hinder software development. This is not to say that Multinail is not aware of, nor provides support for other world markets, but it simply means that the critical software design and architectural decisions are made locally. The Cornerstone project is the working name for a transitional process that Multinail will commence in February 2013, moving users from the existing suite of software through to the final incarnation of the next generation software. Multinail is constantly aware of potential downtimes associated with implementing, training and becoming proficient when being confronted with a new system which your business is highly dependent upon. As a result the Cornerstone project will be released in a series of stages ensuring minimal training for users, minimal disruption to your business, and ensuring that as this project evolves it takes into account any local and global industry requirements. CS1 to be launched in February 2013 will see all Multinail Fabricators being upgraded with new software which will include “Manager” Multinail’s new central operating system for the cornerstone project, a Legacy Mode, an Integration mode and an alpha version of Multinail’s Modeler. The Manager application will provide the lynch pin for the entire Cornerstone software suite by orchestrating the command and control of all other applications. Manager will also monitor, transfer, store and retrieve all data related to and utilised within cornerstone without replication. To achieve this aim, Manager will be designed and developed with a sophisticated and integrated Firebird database system utilising some of the existing functionality of Multinail’s database albeit in a much expanded and restructured format. The legacy mode is Multinail’s current suite of software built into the new platform. To ensure minimal disruption as of the day of upgrading, you can still use the same Multinail software suite as you were the day before - minimising any disruption to your current jobs and learning-curve downtime whilst your staff become accustomed to the new platform. All previous jobs can be opened here and designed using the same software and same processes. The integration mode contains a roof, wall and floor module. These new modules contain a new single interface for all modules, integrated CAD tools, a new wall input method, and the ability to create 3D models from components automatically. This new integration mode is the first stepping stone of the Cornerstone project’s development, whilst maintaining Multinail’s strength in software - ease of use, speed of design is maintained and that the development of the suite is conducted by local industry experts, for local industry requirements. The Alpha version of ‘Modeler’ is a glimpse into the future, and is included here to show you the final direction in which Multinail is headed and to obtain feedback for future development. ‘Modeler’ will provide a single user input for all building components, allow for editing of the project in either a 2D or 3D environment, multi-level and multi-project input capability, object-orientated smart component interaction, automated plane solving and roof framing solutions, and will mimic some of Multinail’s existing functionality to ensure that the transition to the next generation is smooth and seamless. This is the beginning of the future, a new software program designed for and based on proven technology, maintaining the core strengths of existing software, ensuring the transition is smooth, easy and effective and most importantly; the core structure and architecture has been built locally, designed locally and its focus is on local conditions. For more information

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Investment adds to 100 years of experience B

UILDING ON more than 100 years of experience working with red gum timber, Arbuthnot Sawmills has invested more than $1 million in new equipment to improve the efficiency of its operations, making more red gum products available to builders and home owners. Arbuthnot, a 123-year-old Koondrook business, is the last remaining mill along the Murray River using high quality red gum sawlogs harvested from State forests. Managing director of the mill, Paul Madden, said the mill had been processing timber since the time paddle steamers ruled the Murray River and that this investment would ensure the business remained relevant in changing markets. “We have a proud history of local manufacturing and 123 years later we are still processing quality red gum timber for homes and businesses,” Madden said. “Mostly to allow us to produce new building materials, this investment included a number of new pieces of equipment and staff training,” he said. The new investments have allowed the mill to produce finger jointed laminated

bench tops, decking and flooring, and engineered finger jointed laminated verandah posts. Madden said the use of finger jointing allowed for the use of smaller pieces of wood for high-value applications which would not have been viewed as suitable in the past. “This means that more of the timber we mill can be used for high value, appearance grade applications used in homes or other building projects were aesthetics are important,” he said. “Arbuthnot has completed prototypes of these products and sales have commenced.” The $1 million invested in new machinery included a finger jointer, a laminating press, wide belt sander, a new panel saw, and sawdust extraction to be used to compliment machinery in the dry mill. The process has also involved the up-skilling of staff. This involved Arbuthnot’s employees and management team working on kiln dried products, including one mature aged employee completing his apprenticeship as a timber machinist through Creswick Training Centre.

Madden said the Arbuthnot workforce now had a cumulative 100 years of experience working with red gum timber. Victorian Association of Forest Industries chief executive officer Lisa Marty said businesses like Arbuthnot were not only part of the history of their

communities but also an important part of their future. “Arbuthnot is an excellent example of a local business producing wood products from a well managed local forest,” Marty said. “Locally produced wood products are the environmental choice. They are renewable, recyclable and store carbon. “However, like any other manufacturing industry there is a great deal of competitive pressure from imports given a price advantage by the high Australian dollar and cheaper operating conditions in some other countries. “Against this kind of competition the industry must find different ways to compete by developing new products, processes and markets, which is exactly what Arbuthnot has done. “This is a local business that has continued to invest

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Oldest operating Huon Pine mill in By Rosemary Ann Ogilvie


HEN THE World Heritage Cruises boat returns to Strahan from its journey up the Gordon River into Tasmania’s south-western wilderness, passengers are dropped at Morrison’s Huon Pine Sawmill. Here at 3pm every day they can watch manager Brendon Morrison do a breaking down of a sawlog using a frame saw he estimates is over 100 years old. “We give a talk, so people get a commentary on the saw and on the mill, and then we make a few things and try and sell some timber products to the visitors,” he says. Now in its fourth generation, Morrison’s Huon Pine Sawmill has been in existence since the 1940s, and is the oldest operating Huon Pine mill in the world. Another sawmill in Strahan, Western Softwoods, is almost as old as Morrison’s, but is fully commercial, whereas as the Morrisons moved out of the commercial side in 2001 and turned their operation into a tourist mill. Brendon’s grandfather, Roy Morrison, established the mill, which was subsequently passed to Brendon’s father, Grant, who remains actively involved in operations, as does his mother, Erin. Brendon took over the reins 12 months ago, after working at the mill full time for 10 years. “Huon Pine was the main timber they focused on when they first started operating the mill,” says Morrison. “Later on when the pine was less abundant, my dad and his brother Randall added specialty Tasmanian timbers such as blackwood, myrtle, sassafras, celery top pine, and King Billy pine.” The breaking down involves putting a large log on the frame saw, and breaking it down into more manageable pieces for two people to handle. They might cut it into two pieces. Or they might cut one side off, roll the log, and break it down into three. “A log that’s a metre through will be split that into three pieces because

it’s just far too heavy,” says Brendon. From there it goes to the bench saw, which two people operate, to cut various size timbers such as planks and squares. “Sometimes we set a Huon Pine log up on our frame saw for cutting table tops or bar tops,” Brendon adds. “So we take one slice off and then we move the log out, say, five centimetres, and we take another slice. This way we don’t go through so much timber every week during the peak summer months.” Brendon makes most of the products for the tourist market himself, primarily items such as cheese boards and bread boards. He differentiates his work from the competition’s by only semi-finishing the items, enabling customers to apply their preferred finish when they return home. This also helps keep costs down. A wood-turner mate of Brendon’s, Phil Sowden, comes in at 2pm every day and sets up his stall under the mill, where he sells his own items that he turns at home. Successful move The decision to step out of the commercial side was prompted by the fact that the dwindling pine industry meant they were no longer getting good-quality timber. The move has been successful, says Brendon.

“It’s a lot better for us: now we’re ticking over just nicely, although tourist numbers have been well down the last two years. We’re just waiting now to see how it goes this summer.” The Morrisons salvage their own timber from around the mouth of the Gordon River. “We have a salvage permit through Forestry Tasmania and National Parks, and we go out five to 10 times a year on our aluminium barge. Each time we salvage between four and six cubic metres of timber.” The timber is not salvaged from the river, as they’re not permitted beyond the mouth of the river. “There’s an imaginary line across the mouth, and we’re allowed to salvage from there all around the harbour.” Brendon says they still get branded logs cut back in the 1950s and 60s (crews would always mark any logs they felled with their own brand) that have come down the river and landed somewhere around the harbour. On a couple of occasions salvaged logs have borne the Morrison’s old brands. Huge stands of Huon Pine grow in the World Heritage area of south-west Tasmania, where they’re protected forever. A fallen tree has to be left: no one is permitted to remove it. “So you just hope they fall near a river or into the river, so when the

B  reaking Down Saw. river systems flood, they’ll bring the timber out!” says Morrison. A big flood can result in some trees falling in, roots and all. “So you salvage the whole tree, including the root; it’s too valuable to leave anything behind.” The Morrison sawmill dries all its own timber. “It’s wrapped and air dried according to the size. A 2.5cm board takes 12 months, a 5cm board is two years,” says Morrison. “Some timber has been drying up to five, 10 years.” Their salvage operations keep them supplied with sufficient timber because they no longer use commercial quantities. “We do buy a little from Forestry

 Brendon, Erin and Grant Morrison.

 Morrison family brand on end of Huon Pine log.

 Huon Pine log approx. 800-900 years old.

H  uon Pine log displayed at

Morrison’s Huon Pine Sawmill.


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the world keeps tourists enthralled Morrison is confident the Huon Pine side of the forestry industry will survive, with the caveat that Teepookana is not closed down. “To get there, you have to go by train. The tourist train – the Abt Railway – travels from Strahan to Queenstown, so the trucks are loaded on the train to get up there. If anything happens and they close that area down, that will probably finish the pine industry.”

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Timber reflects healing and renewal at Flinders Cancer Centre B

ORAL TIMBER hardwood products have been used extensively in the development and design of the new Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer in Adelaide. The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) occupies a state-ofthe-art building designed by Woodhead Architects on the Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) campus and represents a joint venture between Flinders University, FMC and the FMC Foundation. The integrated cancer centre focuses on innovative prevention strategies, clinical, biomedical and translational research and holistic patient care. Boral Silkwood engineered

hardwood flooring, Boral hardwood cladding and Boral 19mm solid strip timber in Blackbutt species was specified for several spaces within the centre including the flooring, stair cladding, balustrades and ceiling. The pre-finished Boral Silkwood boards were selected for the wall panelling and some of the ceiling linings around the building’s staircases. The central atrium staircase is lined with Boral Timber’s Blackbutt solid strip flooring, which creates a ribbon-like feature that wraps throughout the open atrium. It branches out and merges into floors, balustrades and ceilings extending into research and care areas to embrace all participants of the building, which was a main goal of the atrium space.

One of the unique elements of the facility structure is the two internal/external stairwells. The top section of the stairwells, which are within the building, are clad with Boral Silkwood engineered hardwood flooring while the undersides are covered in Boral’s shiplap cladding to protect against the elements. The philosophy of integration, care and innovation is embedded in the design of the Centre, a theme which, according to Woodhead Architects, is carried throughout every element of the facility. “The initial brief for this project was to develop a facility that would combine the disciplines of research, patient care, treatment and public access areas,” said Hayley Brooks, Interior Designer with Woodhead Architects.

“The design intent is to encourage collaboration and provide a sense of hope and positivity. We used the central atrium staircase to act as both the physical and metaphorical spine of sharing and collaboration. “Timber was the practical choice for its sustainable qualities and durability but it also reflects a theme of growth, healing and renewal. It provides the warmth that the centre needs to make patients and visitors feel welcome and comfortable, rather than a typical hospital feeling. The natural tones of the Blackbutt timber also provide a striking effect for the central atrium staircase.” Commenting on the flooring installation Paul Ceplitis, director of Riga Flooring said, “The theme of integration is apparent in every element of the Centre’s design. To ensure seamlessness in the flooring, we were required to provide flush transitions between the timber and other flooring materials such as carpet, vinyl and polished concrete.” Construction of the centre began in late 2010 and it was commissioned in April 2012. The timber elements were installed by Riga Flooring, John Reuter Cabinet Makers and Interior Projects.

Timber helps to create flow to the outdoors CREATING A continuous flow from the indoors to an outdoor space is a popular renovation project, with timber the natural choice to create a unified look. This three bedroom semi-detached house on Sydney’s lower north shore proved the perfect canvas to extend the living area to the garden. The alteration and addition to the existing house incorporated new timber flooring and decking, with floor to ceiling bi-fold doors opening up the space and adding maximum light and airiness to the modestly sized home. Chosen for its appearance and hardwearing Boral hardwood attributes1, timber in the Australian species of Blackbutt was used for both the internal flooring and exterior timber applications. The 90mm wide boards selected both indoors and out achieved a seamless visual effect in both colour and symmetry. This smooth transition was further enhanced by finishing the inside floors flush with the internal sill of the doors, providing weather protection while maximising the flow of the space. Builder Stuart Skeoch said the project also included the construction of a new carport, with timber dressing to complement the extension, which can be utilised as part of the entertaining area when hosting a larger event. “The

dressing of the carport with the decking materials was just a concept we experimented with, which turned out to be fantastic. It carries the hardwood texture and colour from the house through to the garden and out to the carport, which is an aesthetically pleasing result for this extended entertaining space. Professional tip Stuart Skeoch of Expression Constructions advises that unlike with decking, it is essential to acclimatise new timber flooring to its intended environment. “Our carpenters delivered the flooring to site prior to installation and stored the flooring inside the home in a ‘lattice stack’ to ensure air flow around all of the boards. Once the boards met the moisture content of their new surrounding environment they were ready to be installed. This procedure minimises visible expansion and contraction of the boards after installation. Similar consideration was given to the design and installation of the deck, with considerable side ventilation and drainage factored into the design. Including these features enabled even levelling off to the backyard whilst also ensuring the deck design maintained adequate airflow.”

Boral has achieved Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) chain of custody certification  (AS 47072006) for its timber products. This means that timber used to produce Boral Timber’s hardwood flooring; decking and structural timber has been sourced from certified, legal and sustainably managed resources.  The Australian Forestry Standard Scheme also has mutual recognition by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme (PEFC) - the world’s largest forest management certifier. Blackbutt has a Janka hardness rating of 9.1

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13 - December 2012, TIMBERMAN

Stack the ‘deck’ in your favour! W

HEN CONSIDERING expanding your home and possibly getting an outside deck or entertaining area, you must always make sure to collect quotes and be fully prepared. Recently, there have been some cowboys in the market seeking to reduce costs by reducing quality and not meeting minimum building standards. This can deliver an unfortunate renovation experience and possibly ward off future ideas of domestic expansion. According to Dean Fowler, owner of Premium Lifestyles, cheap quotes can mean cheap work and inferior building quality, which means dangerous decks and accidents waiting to happen.  Premium Lifestyle is reharded as one of South East Queensland’s most trusted and recognised patio, carport and decking builders.   Dean suggested four key tips for dodging the cowboys and creating a beautiful

space at your home. First, doing your research and preparation and getting referrals from family and friends will almost certainly mean a good quality service considering their referrals and opinions. Also make sure to get at least three quotes and shop around, never skimp on quality and safety when it comes to your family. Second, don’t always go for the lowest price as it might mean they have misunderstood the project, or are not quoting on minimum standards, i.e., cutting corners on the depth of the post footings, using narrow wood on support beams instead of structural grade timber, using inferior or substandard fittings, etc. Again, getting multiple quotes and shopping around for the best quality price. Third, make sure the designs of your deck connect with nature and flow, instead of blocking nature or taking up too much space. Your home is your biggest

investment, why not make it better with a deck, especially a deck that looks great and compliments the house! “With a more natural and strategically designed deck you can bring nature to you with beautiful views, lush plantation and healthy materials,” says Dean. Fourth, always make sure you have researched and have a general knowledge on the materials you would like to use. Does this wood match my house design? Is it environmental? Is it structurally sound? “There are so many options available depending on your environment such as exotic, hard woods and composite materials. It is also important when deciding which materials to use when combining your deck to keep it safe and not weather prone. “Always pick high quality materials that make your vision come true; wood for outdoor entertainment areas or decks is always a very classic and natural option.” Dean says his business uses the best and most sustainable woods and materials. For example, Kwilla/Merbau wood is used for decking hand rail, posts and step treads due to the high density of the timber and the consistency in colour and quality. It has such beautiful rich colours and is always in a smooth, clean, dressed grade finish. Premium Lifestyles are more than happy to use other hardwood species. However, splits, cracks and knots in the timber are more prevalent in other species of timber. He advises that for the construction of bearers, structural grade hardwood is used, and also treated pine wood is used were ever possible as it will not be eaten by termites or suffer

dry rot. Hardwood joists tend to end up splitting over time due to the large amount of nail/fasteners used to fix down the decking where as the treated pine is a little softer and will not stress or split when fastening down the decking. “We have also started using a dressed grade spotted gum in a nail free system that to date has been

able to match the Kwilla/ Merbau for quality of finish and appearance. “However, the only negative is trying to get the posts, handrail and step treads in as high a quality dressed grade for a reasonable budget is very difficult and a finished decking system always looks its best if you can use

Timber helps to create texture at Burnside Village BORAL TIMBER hardwood products have been used in the re-development of the Burnside Village shopping precinct in Adelaide, South Australia. As part of the re-development 7,300m2 was added to the existing Burnside Village building, expanding the centre to more than 100 shops. The eye-catching centrepiece of the refurbished precinct is a 21 metre curved glass roof, covering an 18-metre high 100-year-old River Red Gum tree. Providing a natural link to this spectacular focal point, Boral Timber commercial decking, standard decking and structural hardwood timber was specified for various locations throughout the centre. Commercial decking in Spotted Gum species was used along the centre’s northern façade including the stair treads and disabled access ramps. Boral Timber’s Mixed Hardwood F27 seasoned structural hardwood and Ironbark F14 unseasoned structural hardwood was also used as joists throughout the centre. “With the River Red Gum tree at the heart

of this unique development, we took the opportunity to build on the existing timber palette. As a building material, timber offers a rich texture and adds warmth to the centre,” said Paul Harrison, architect with The Buchan Group. “When selecting the timber we wanted to select a species that complemented the River Red Gum and we felt that Spotted Gum was the perfect choice. The Spotted Gum also complements the steel and glass used in the outdoor seated areas, creating a warm and inviting zone for patrons.” Boral Timber has achieved Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) chain of custody certification (AS 4707-2006) for its timber products. This means that timber used to produce Boral Timber’s hardwood flooring, decking and structural timber has been sourced from certified, legal and sustainably managed resources. The Australian Forestry Standard Scheme also has mutual recognition by the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme (PEFC) - the world’s largest forest management certifier.

the same species of timber throughout. Dean’s employees take the art of deck building very seriously, even plugging all screws and fasteners with sections cut from the same piece of timber for a seamless finish and to avoid seeing any nasty looking screws and bolts.

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N TIMES of industry uncertainty, new product development can be essential to survival. In the case of Tasmania’s new Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) product HARDLAM, development came a step closer to fruition recently when it was put through its paces at leading Hobart flooring manufacturer Oakdale Industries. Part of prominent social enterprise OAK Tasmania, Oakdale Industries provides work and training to adults living with a disability and is well-known nationally, particularly for its Tasmanian Oak flooring. Oakdale Industries was also responsible for taking HARDLAM to the Australian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA) Flooring and Finishes Expo in Melbourne, where the product picked up a Gold Star Award for Design, Innovation and Marketability. Forestry Tasmania Technical Analyst (Product Development) Dr Matt Wood said it was fantastic to be working with a company like Oakdale, to develop such an exciting product. “It is such a wonderful partnership for us,” Matt said. “It’s not just about production here at Oakdale, there is the social side of the business as well,”

 Oakdale Industries John Hollis (centre) and Steve Watts - machined HARDLAM eucalypt flooring -Dr Matt Wood, Dion McKenzie, Kenny Griffin. Photo: Mark Franklin

“So the whole package; a sustainable, value-added timber product, being made in Tassie with a social component to it, ticks all of the boxes.” Developed by Forestry Tasmania, HARDALM flooring was put through a series of application tests at Oakdale including nailing and sawing, surface finish and machine effectiveness. The tests were part of a series of fine tuning trials which also include assessments of fire resistance and dimensional stability, to ensure that HARDLAM is fully market ready. While LVLs were popular in structural applications throughout the Northern Hemisphere, Matt said their use in appearance-grade applications represented an untapped potential. And in the current climate of uncertainty surrounding Tasmania’s native timber resource and the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Forestry Agreement (IGA,) HARDLAM could prove to be an essential part of the industry’s future. “Whatever happens with the IGA process, we are going to have to do a lot more with a lot less,” Matt said. “That means developing new partnerships, new products, exploring new markets and at every stage adding as much value to every stick of wood in the forest that we possibly can.” The veneers used in

 FT’s Dr Matt Wood (left) and Dion McKenzie

-HARDLAM eucalypt flooring moisture content. Photo: Mark Franklin


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M to match current industry standards so we can say to you do with solid timber you can do with this.

ew LVL certainly ticks all the boxes

 Oakdale Industries John Hollis (left), FT’s Dr Matt Wood( centre) and Dion McKenzie - HARDLAM eucalypt flooring moisture content. Photo: Mark Franklin

HARDLAM are peeled from low-grade, small diameter logs from Tasmanian regrowth forests, which would otherwise be woodchipped or left on the ground. Right now, the focus is on Tas Oak (E.delegatensis, E.obliqua and E.regnans), though other species including plantation hardwoods will be trialled. Preceded by a decade of discussions and two years of hard work by Forestry Tasmania in conjunction with overseas industry partners, the aim is to produce in Tasmania. Matt said HARDLAM boasted many superior qualities including exceptional strength, durability, attractiveness and versatility. It also takes only 24 hours to peel, dry and manufacture the blocks of HARDLAM, as opposed to the several years often required to process and dry larger solid timber pieces. Just like solid lumber, the product could also be made in various grades. “We can control the colour, the density, the stiffness, the moisture content, the species, everything,” Matt said. HARDLAM is also expected to perform equally and in some cases better, than solid timber. “We expect HARDLAM to match current industry standards so we can say to someone ‘whatever you do with solid timber you can do with this’,” Matt said. “It will perform the same way and in some cases we expect it to perform better, because the production process results in a very uniform, stable product that we will expect to move less, shrink and swell less. It won’t warp or bend or twist

or anything like that, so we actually think it’s a superior product.” While there were uncertainties surrounding the IGA process and Forestry Tasmania’s own URS review, Matt said Forestry Tasmania hoped to have a better idea of the industry situation by the end of the year. He said it would then be ‘all systems go’ for HARDLAM. “We expect to have a lot of clarity by the end of this year in terms of how the industry will be restructured and what resource is available to the industry,” he said. “Once that is sorted out we are good to go.” In the meantime, Forestry Tamania is busy building partnerships with companies like Oakdale Industries for product development and market testing. “Our goal is to take some small steps talking to potential suppliers here and interstate who are going to take volumes of trial material to do their own market testing, while we are waiting for things to get sorted out with industry,” Matt said. Ultimately it is hoped Tasmanian produced HARDLAM will service not just the Australian market, but also the New Zealand and American markets. In times of such uncertainty for the forest industry, Matt said a product like HARDLAM provided a great opportunity for the State and the industry’s future. “People want timber and they want Tas Oak,” he said. “By ensuring the manufacturing process ultimately comes back to Tassie, those jobs and futures are secure for the guys in the forests, for the guys on the

shop floor and the broader wholesale and retail industry as well. “There is real potential and opportunity here to work with the industry to look at these new products and instead of people and skills disappearing from the industry, there’s a new phase for them to move into and we retain their skills and learn new skills as well.” Oakdale Industries divisional manager John Hollis said the partnership was also a great opportunity for Oakdale Industries, in many ways. “We saw great opportunities for Oakdale industries in this as well, given the uncertainty of the native timber resource and for our future viability as a business,” John said. “It also uses an obviously very sustainable resource and it enables our employees to be involved in some market development.” However, despite forestry uncertainties, John was also optimistic about the future. He said he saw HARDLAM as a great chance for product expansion at Oakdale Industries. “It is a really exciting product,” he said. “We see HARDLAM as a growth opportunity rather than a replacement opportunity at this time. “We are of the firm belief that we will have native timber resource for quite a number of years yet.” Steve Watts is a timber machinist and supervisor at Oakdale Industries, and John Hollis is Divisional Manager, Oakdale Industries. The Forestry Tasmania personnel: Dr Matt Wood, Technical Analyst

(Product Development), Dion McKenzie (Technical Analyst, Product Development), Kenny Griffin (Supervisor, Quality Control Veneer Products).

 Oakdale’s Steve Watts (front), FT’s Dr Matt Wood

(right) and Dion McKenzie - HARDLAM eucalyptus flooring machined. Photo: Mark Franklin

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EWPAA sticks to standards on plywood, panel products A

NEW product awareness campaign that delivers a ‘peace of mind’ message to wood suppliers and consumers on the safety of Australasian plywood and panel products was launched at the Industry Development onference in Canberra. Cornerstone of the campaign is an adhesive label – a ‘green tick’ – that guarantees these products and furniture manufactured from them meet Australian and New Zealand standards and are tested to have formaldehyde levels below those required by health authorities. The campaign, initiated by the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia and supported by the Furniture Industry Association of Australia (FIAA), will distribute more than 100,000 labels to EWPAA members and furniture and kitchen manufacturers. The labels promote the safety of EWPAA member products that are tested to emission standards of Super E0, E0 and E01. About 5000 of the labels will be attached to products manufactured by FIAA members. The campaign has spread to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji where EWPAA members are distributing the labels to furniture and wood panel

manufacturers and enclosing them in packs in their own product distribution chain. A major aim of the EWPAA green ticket campaign is to provide consumer confidence that products manufactured by EWPAA members are tested to meet all standards for formaldehyde emissions. Simon Dorries, EWPAA general manager and FIAA president Ron Scott were at the Canberra conference to join a panel of speakers in a session focusing on competition in Asian markets. “Wooden and upholstered furniture continue to be the industry class hardest hit by imports some of which fail emission standards,” Scott said. “More than half of all furniture imports originate from China; they mostly impact on the retail sector where about two-thirds of furniture turnover is imported.” Dorries said connecting with wood consumers was no longer purely about product distribution; it was about branding and consumer awareness – and building a product’s credibility. EWPAA’s on-going testing is exposing emission levels up to 10 times above Australian standards and exposing massive discrepancies in product claims. “There is a thorough code of standards in Australia

 When you’re on a good thing, stick to it .. Simon Dorries, EWPAA general manager (centre) rolls out the green label campaign on emissions in Canberra with Furniture Industries Association of Australia’s general manager Dean Brackell and CEO Martin Lewis.

for wood panels in specific applications,” Dorries said. “These requirements take into account not only the durability and safety of a

Agri-forestry research deal INTEGRATING TREES with farming is to be the focus of a new partnership between Scotland’s James Hutton Institute and the Forestry Commission’s own research wing, Forest Research. Announcing the agreement, the two organisations said that by combining their expertise they could help safeguard tree health, develop the value of forestry, and advance techniques to integrate the benefits of trees and shrubs with crops and livestock. Amongst other things, the new partnership will share data on Scotland’s soils, vegetation and land management collected in experimental field trials going back over many years. “We believe this is the right time to work more closely together on a strategic vision for considering forestry within the wider land use sector and the rural economy.” said James Hutton Institute chief executive Professor Iain Gordon.

product, but also its use under Australian conditions.” Scott said the furniture industry would gain new strength by partnering

EWPAA on consumer awareness. “The campaign will help the Australian furniture industry promote the

security, quality, design and style of its products and guarantee the environmental, sustainable and health benefits.”

Lightweight board wins heavyweight award THE SUPERPAN Star lightweight board has won a special award at W12 in Birmingham. The Design in Manufacturing Award recognizes products that offer functional benefits throughout the value-added chain – in this case from the manufacturer and the processor to the end consumer. Superpan Star scored in several respects, offering the advantages of BASF’s Kaurit Light technology – a lightweight middle layer made of wood chips, a polymer and a binder – combined for the first time with an MDF surface ( MDF= Medium Density Fiberboard). This gives the board excellent bending strength while making it 20% lighter than particle board. Additionally, the material also offers enormous advantages in terms of processing, whether it be screwdriving or decorative coating. Its edge machining suitability has been tested by a number of renowned machine manufacturers, including Homag. The material is also compatible with standard fittings and screws, as demonstrated by tests performed by manufacturers such as Häfele. Before being added to the wood chips, Kaurit Light is foamed in a so-called pre-foamer. The rest of the manufacturing process is identical to that of conventional Superpan board. The usual machines and materials can still be used even during further processing. Superpan Star board can also be recycled and processed for heat recovery just like conventional particle boards. The lightweight board has numerous applications in traditional furniture manufacturing, countertops, interior fitting, trade fair design and fitting out commercial premises.


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THREE-storey building made entirely of wood could go up soon in Marlborough, a seminar on innovative use of wood was told. The seminar, hosted at the Marlborough Research Centre by the Marlborough Forest Industry Association, was organised to highlight opportunities for Marlborough and Nelson wood producers and processors to help rebuild Christchurch, according to The Marlborough Express. One of those opportunities was for cross-laminated wood panels and beams, made by new Nelson company Xlam from wood grown there and in Marlborough. Xlam director Robin Jack said the company had produced its first panels in July, which had been installed as flooring in a house on Waiheke Island, in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland. The company would start producing panels for the first house in Nelson in two weeks, he said. A couple of others were near commitment.

“There is possibly a threestorey building. There is no signed contract yet, but I think we’ll get it. “It is in the top of the south, not far from here. I think we will be using Marlborough wood as well.” Speaking later, Jack confirmed the building was in the Marlborough region. He declined to elaborate, saying the contract had yet to be signed and details were still confidential. He told the seminar Xlam could produce panels any thickness to 40 centimetres, any length to 15 metres and any width to 3.4m. It could produce panels with spaces for extra insulation or room for wiring and piping. The company was hoping to get more commercial work to enable it to build scale quickly, but it was interested in providing product for topend housing, and there was potential to supply components such as flooring in the rebuild of Christchurch, he said. “The majority of houses in Christchurch need to be rebuilt because their concrete floors fractured in the earthquakes. Once they’re fractured, it’s over, Rover.”

 The first panel is produced at the factory. Christchurch was going to need 10,000 houses rebuilt, and about 1600 of its 2000 commercial buildings replaced, he said. Xlam needed to provide for only a fraction of that to achieve its goals. The Waiheke Island house had been on a difficult site, but it had taken the builder only two hours to install the floor because of the cross-

laminated timber panels. “Cross-laminated timber has a future.” Xlam’s website further highlights the Waiheke Island work and says: If we boasted that a residential floor can be erected at a speed of 20 seconds per square metre, would you believe it? Contractors on

this Waiheke Island house could scarcely believe their eyes as Xlam CLT floor panels measuring 5.4 x 2.7m were lowered into place by helicopter at five minutes per panel. In less than two hours the pre-prepared foundations on a steep hillside were transformed into a clear

working platform ready to take the walls and roof. Under the watchful oversight of Xlam lead factory fabricator Dan McKean, the operation went without a hitch. CLT by helicopter proved a winning answer to the difficulties of a remote site with limited access.

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Plywood puts strong case in new law courts building

Ssssshhhh ... TECNALIA, THE leading private Technology Centre in Spain, is developing a new constructive system for multi-storey collective dwelling buildings through cross-laminated timber panel CLT structures, together with the company Egoin, specialists in industrialised timber construction. The constructive system consists on the development of all the constructive solutions within the building: floor, façade, structural partition wall, interior partitions or coverings, based on EGO CLT and EGO CLTMIX timber panels together with the corresponding coverings to configure the system (ceiling, floating floor, lightweight cladding, etc.). Moreover, new junctions between elements have been developed, as well as a design tool for the project phase of a building according to recognized procedures at international level, in order to guarantee the in situ acoustic requirements compliance. Thanks to the Building Acoustic team in Tecnalia, it has been possible to apply an acoustic design methodology for lightweight and industrialized solutions. This methodology has been validated successfully in an experimental installation built up by Egoin, in which the features have been verified in real conditions. These new solutions developed in terms of the sound transmissions, have satisfied the provisions of the developments proposed by Tecnalia, especially in those aspects related to the transmission of the dry junctions between the different constructive elements. This research project, a Eureka project funded by the CDTI under the name of EGOSOINU has the noise transmission characterisation in timber buildings as a main goal in order to improve the acoustic design of constructive elements valid for multi-storey dwellings.


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OOP pine plywood benches and wall linings were stand-out building features at the official opening of Brisbane’s new $570 million Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law. Although it will be weeks before a court case is expected to be heard in the new District and Supreme Courts building, the opening by Premier Campbell Newman featured all the pomp and ceremony that are hallmarks of the legal profession. Featuring what Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley called a “plethora” of sustainability features, the next door neighbour to the new Magistrates Court on George Street has been billed as a purposebuilt facility designed to streamline legal processes. Many of more than 300 guests at the opening were keen to examine and touch the benches and seating created from 12,000 sheets of Multiply by Austral Plywoods, Brisbane, using a revolutionary crossbanded engineering process. The 2400 x 1200 sheets used for all benches and seating in every court room are thick12mm seven-ply AC hoop pine, which was also used for the walls. Austral Plywood sales manager Gary Holmes said the revolutionary cross-banded plywood was produced on an Italian 1.2m lathe, representing the best of European technology. “We used 32mm Multiply for the seating while the benches were three layers of 18mm Multiply making up 54mm thick benches. With the three layers we made the middle sheet as a cross-banded ply so that when the




sales manager Gary Holmes (right) inspect the company’s Multiply wall linings at Brisbane’s new Courts of Law.

ply was cut and joined it looked like one sheet of 54mm ply,” Holmes said. “Combined, there were about 40 sheets of 1.5mm Multiply, which gave a beautiful edge to the work.” Premier Newman thanked the contractors “whose sweat” created the building, the architects who designed it and, in a throwback to his past career, implored, “let’s not forget the engineers.”

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OHN MITCHELL, chairman of buildingSmart Australasia looked around the room at the FRAME conference in Melbourne and asked if anyone knew what BIM was. Did anyone use BIM? The silence was telling. Certainly there were people in the audience who had some knowledge while some like Claudelle Taylor of the Leighton Group had experience with BIM but mostly the audience was struck dumb. As Mitchell went on to say, the building industry is not renowned for its affinity with and use of high tech computer software programs but it is time. Other industries have already embraced similar systems, and other countries are embracing Building Industry Modelling (BIM). So what is Building Industry Modelling? “BIM is 3D object model that is like a building database, easily visualized,” said Mitchell. “We can extract significant intelligence out of it.” Currently there is a lack of integration along the supply chain linking parties and between project phases but it’s not impossible to fix. As Mitchell said other industries such as the Australian Air Conditioning Manufacturers Association has already started supply chain integration. Other issues that plague the building industry are its reliance on the lowest bid strategy rather than a value for money proposition. There is poor understanding of optimized and properly documented designs. According to Mitchell the “Getting it Right” study in Queensland in 2005 identified this problem. That was seven years ago and it still lingers.

The 19-floor complex, which has a capacity for 45 courtrooms and accommodation for 68 judges, took almost four years to construct. In front of 300 guests, including some from the United Kingdom and New Zealand, Queensland’s honoured judiciary and the legal community, Governor Wensley declared the court house, named in honour of Her Majesty in her Jubilee year, opened.

There is also inadequate and ineffective use of technology and a lack of appreciation of the benefits of open communication. In 2010 Mitchell’s organization commissioned a survey with the Commonwealth’s help that looked at adopting BIM in the Australian construction sector.

Implementation Plan. The starting point was the outcomes of the MESH conferences in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in early 2011. The roadblocks are these: • Lack of model building protocols • Little product data for BIM object libraries • Legal and insurance impediments

We do need it, we need to build better, we need to make better use of resources. “The economic potential is extraordinary, extraordinary, a $4 billion potential per annum - $4 billion productivity potential per annum, this mirrors many other studies around the world,” said Mitchell. “We do need it, we need to build better, we need to make better use of resources, we need to be more efficient and deliver higher value for money.” The lessons from the 2D CAD current technology are clear, after 20 years there are still no common guidelines, no consensus in either government or industry and the documentation instead of improving is deteriorating. “There is significant risk if we do not align with international BIM developments – it’s a worldwide turn to BIM,” said Mitchell. buildingSMART Australasia was commissioned at the end of 2111 to undertake the development of a BIM

• Poor standards for information exchange • Inconsistencies in information handover protocols • Skills gaps • Lack of strategic research focus • Industry resistance to process change The participants at the stakeholder consultation workshops conducted by buildingSmart proposed key recommendations. First and foremost was that a BIM adoption roadmap should be completed. Commonwealth, State and Territory governments should be encouraged to require full collaborative BIM for their building procurements and they should develop procurement processes and assistance packages to encourage its adoption. Legal and technical instruments needed to support the introduction of BIM should

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Lend Lease lends its might to CLT be developed and aligned with relevant international codes and standards. We must think globally. Education is a must to enable the industry to meet the demands of technology for new workers and re-training for those already in the industry. Easy access must be facilitated to building product manufacturer’s certified information for use in all types of modelbased applications through an Australian on-line BIM products library. Open standard data exchange protocols should be established that support collaboration and facilitate integration of the briefing, design, construction, manufacturing and maintenance supply chain throughout the entire life of a built facility. Governments around the world are seeing the advantage of BIM as it can be used to support automated code checking, ensure buildings meet environmental and energy performance requirements, make certain asset and management information is available at all tiers of government for operational, maintenance, fiscal and strategic planning. The global construction software industry is well advanced in the change to BIM. All the major vendors Graphisoft ArchiCAD, Nemetscheck Allplan and Bentley Triforma have IFC certification, and now Autodesk Revit has committed to IFC compliance. Only by adopting BIM, by accepting new processes and by sharing information will the building industry stay competitive.


FTER LISTENING to Andrew Neiland from Lend Lease it was difficult to understand why it has taken so long for Australia to embrace CLT, and even harder to understand why it has taken the major construction companies this long to make it all add up. Initially it seemed odd that Neiland, who comes from the accounting side of the Lend Lease business, was presenting to a timberoriented audience at the Frame Australia conference. That soon passed as he recounted the reductions that Lend Lease faced through the use of CLT in its new multi-storey Forte apartment building in Melbourne. Admittedly it won’t be just reduced costs – but that’s the main take-away point, the other reductions relate to significantly lower construction noise, less occupational health and safety issues, and a smaller environmental footprint. The big cost reduction will come courtesy of reduced construction time, reduced truck movements, less labour, reduced building weight leading to reduced foundation requirements and more. “It’s lightweight, timber is roughly a fifth the weight of concrete,” said Neiland. “[with precast concrete] you only get a couple of pieces on a truck and that’s about it, you can truck a vast number of CLT panels in one go, so get a huge reduction in truck movements. “In terms of how the site looks the general comments we have from our construction teams is clean, and how quiet and how orderly the site is,” said Neiland. “One mobile crane, a couple days of CLT ready for installation and a crew of four guys putting it into place - very quiet and efficient process.”

Victoria Harbour was the instigator Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour has been a development hot spot for some time and Lend Lease was trying to make the most of the limited land available. On North Wharf the company was faced with a problem. “The building conditions are not great, it’s on silt so we looked for a lightweight construction solution and came up with CLT,” said Neiland. “That was most viable option and we found a lot more benefits than just light weight. So they assembled a team of designers and engineers to go and have a look at it. “They saw the opportunity immediately – for an all expenses paid trip to Europe.” It paid off, representatives from Lend Lease visited 14 projects in Europe, they visited the CLT producers and met with architects who had worked on similar projects and came away very impressed. “They came away very impressed that it was a proven solution where the owners and occupiers really enjoyed the outcome, and really enjoyed living in these buildings,” he said. Due diligence on the project took three years to complete. What Lend Lease did discover and what the company has brought into play with the Forte construction in Bourke Street, Melbourne – only a few doors down from Lend Lease HQ – is that using CLT is a design process. “It’s not taking a concrete building and replacing concrete with timber, it’s a new process. It’s about completing all your design up-front rather designing as your going,” said Neiland. “It’s about a factory process where you sign off on the drawings, you work out all the crane movements, you work out the logistics, the truck movements then you manufacture. By doing

this we are minimizing waste and reducing errors and building faster. “If you design it well it will last, if you design it poorly it won’t.” Australia’s building code doesn’t take into account timber buildings taller than three storeys so for Forte Lend Lease had to undertake a fire engineered solution and that’s not something that everyone can do. It may be a barrier to highrise CLT construction in Australia unless it is addressed. Forte is nine storeys tall (with a ground floor retail area) with 23 apartments and four townhouses. Lend Lease was faced with a certain amount of dismay when it came to fire approvals. “Melissa Chandler who is our building codes expert said it was the most interesting conversation she’s ever had with the fire brigade in her life. “Saying we’re building 10 storeys of timber, the lift well, the fire stairs and we’re leaving the fire stairs exposed timber. The look on their faces was priceless. We convinced them it was a good idea,” said Neiland. “We did the fire testing of the CLT panels with the CSIRO to achieve our approvals. “While it is not of a size that requires sprinklers we are installing sprinklers for this one,” he added. As the ground floor is to be a retail space that floor is designed very differently to the apartments and so it is mounted on a concrete slab which was laid in February this year. The CLT installation started in June and it is anticipated that it will take eight weeks to put up and should be finished in August. The whole building should be finished in October this year. Neiland said that for his company it wasn’t just about building a building in CLT it needed to be a step change in sustainability and that is

certainly what has happened. This will be the first 5-star green star building built in a residential environment. Each apartment is dual aspect and will take 25% less energy to heat and cool compared with a typical apartment, which equates to roughly $300 a year saved. All apartments will have a smart meter to link to an in-home display, which shows real time and historic data on energy consumption. Not only that, but simply by using timber 1451 tonnes of carbon is saved (cradle to site). Like every new idea there were challenges, the biggest was the logistics of shipping a building from Europe to Australia. KLH in Europe is the manufacturer of CLT for the Forte construction and so the panels had to be shipped to Australia and then stored awaiting installation. Out it came – 485 tonnes of timber, 759 CLT panels shipped in 25 containers in two ships. Lend Lease then did some other due diligence on the project, at 32.17 metres tall was it the tallest timber building in the world? “We came across Nikolai (Sutyagin) who was friendly old chap in Russia who was lonely and in 1992 he started to build a timber house for himself. He went a couple of storeys up and just kept going and he didn’t stop until he got to about 44 metres. “So we couldn’t go out with the claim that it is the tallest timber building so we modified it with a clause that it’s the tallest apartment timber building,” said Neiland. For the future Neiland said that Lend Lease is considering building up to 50% of its residential apartments using CLT. “For us Forte is not a one-off demonstration building,” he said. You can see live webcam vision of the Forte building under construction at http://www.

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New blood on the bench W

ITH NEW blood on the bench at Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) there’s always the expectation of change and renewed vigour. In the case of the newly-appointed member of the board, John Simon it couldn’t be more true. Simon obviously has plenty of nouse – that comes from a long established career in the industry, and plenty of drive as he holds an array of senior positions in many of the industry’s finest associations. He is a director of the

and staff in Surabaya, Indonesia, the manager is Laksana Pelawi, from where we import certified legally logged Merbau products using DNA technology for the certification.” This year the FWPA approached Simon to take on the role previously held by Jim Snelson who resigned from the FWPA to concentrate on his position as CEO of Borg Industries. Snelson’s primary task was as chair of the board’s committee for promotions, services and communications.

Wood Products Research & Development Corporation (FWPRDC) was a little hog tied, as its constitution did not allow for money to be spent on marketing and promotion. When the FWPA was formed around five years ago it was given the authority it needed to invest in marketing and communications. “The FWPA has done a good job, the industry confirmed that in a number of discussions and meetings it held this year,” said Simon. “That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do a lot more but

The FWPA’s budget is very constrained and in the next two to three years will be even more constrained unless the industry is willing to agree to higher royalties the FWPA’s budget is very constrained and in the next two to three years will be even more constrained unless the industry is willing to agree to higher royalties.

It helps the Canadian forest industry develop innovative solutions based on the unique attributes of Canada’s forest resources, with a focus on sustainable development and taking full advantage of the industry’s substantial scientific, technological and commercial capital. “The Australian industry needs to step up and be willing to invest long term in research and market development the same way the Canadians have. [The] UK also ramped up … a lot of work has gone on in the UK and Europe and in the United States in stepping up marketing and development,” said Simon. Fixing the industry According to Simon the one ‘stand out’ thing that must be fixed is for the industry to have a longerterm view. “This is hard when profitability is so low, but it needs to step back and look at the longer term rather than the next quarter and that is hard when shareholders are demanding higher levels of profitability,” he said. “That requires some long term innovation, which requires research and then communication of that research and then commercialisation of that research, so that we can take advantage of all the opportunities that are around.

“The carbon debate, for example, that has some enormous opportunities as well as being a threat. When you have other countries like, say Canada that has a wood first policy in the state of British Columbia, there’s an enormous opportunity for Australia to do some of these things to grow the use of wood in the construction industry.”

to change, but how do you determine what is good and bad change so that changes made are for the better. “In terms of industry changes I’ve talked about the globalisation of the industry which is good and bad, and I’ve talked about the bad side and that is the imports riding on the back of the high Australian dollar placing enormous pressure on local producers, but there is a lot good that comes out of globalization,” said Simon. “Australia then becomes part of a much larger market and there are global opportunities for Australian companies. “Some major changes have been consolidation of the industry both of companies and of associations, one example is on the merchant and hardware side where that whole part of the industry is starting to be dominated by large corporate buying groups. “Here I talk about corporates like Bunnings and Masters and Mitre 10 and Danks and other buying groups as well. So we’re seeing the power of the corporates rather than individual companies, which is making a big difference to their purchasing power.

The good and the bad

Outlook and outcomes

With respect to profitability, Simon has pointed to the fact that it has deteriorated in the past few years. He believes that is due to a number of things including the Australian dollar being high and imports which have dragged the market price of timber down. Obviously things need

Positive changes have also been part of the fabric of the industry and that has included the use of more prefabrication and new products for construction. “I think one of the exciting changes we’ve had in the last 10 years has been the growth of reconstituted and engineered products in the industry … LVL,

Timber Development Association, a director of the Australian Timber Importers Federation, member of the Housing Industry Association’s Manufacturers and Suppliers Council and now a board member and deputy chair of the FWPA. On top of that he is also chief executive officer of Simmonds Lumber, a major Australian company that has distribution operations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with other locations including New Zealand and Indonesia.

“I was invited to take it on but certainly very happy to accept the invitation because I think the FWPA has a very important role in the timber industry and it’s doing a very good job and I’m honoured to be part of it. The FWPA already has an excellent board and has good staff,” said Simon. Simon has a few key areas that he sees as central to what he wants to achieve with the organization. Number one is to work with his fellow directors to set the strategies that will meet the needs of

So how does someone with so much on his plate manage? “In terms of my time, Simmonds Lumber gets priority for my time but I do have an excellent team around me that allows me to do other things,” said Simon. “The Australian timber industry has been very good to me in the time that I’ve been in Australia which is 26 years. I’m very happy to put some of my personal time back into the industry. “It’s my state managers and my finance manager who essentially run their part of the business and I give them support to make it happen. None of this would have been possible, not just with Simmonds but with all the jobs I’ve had, without having good people around me.” His current list of good people includes his state managers: Roger Healy (Queensland), Frank Milazzo (New South Wales), Glyn Davies (Victoria) and Peter Hutchinson (New Zealand). “We also have an office

The Australian industry needs to step up and be willing to invest long term in research and market development the same way the Canadians have the industry and those are quite diverse. Number two is to support Ric Sinclair, managing director of FWPA. “Thirdly, to ensure the levies that the industry and the Governmentcontributes to the FWPA are effectively spent. “In terms of my personal contribution I’ve got some good experience and knowledge of the distribution and marketing ends of the industry and I would like to use that experience to help the FWPA to continue to be very market focused,” said Simon. Marketing the industry has improved substantially, according to Simon, who said that he believes it has improved a lot since the FWPA was formed. Its predecessor the Forest &

What of the future? “I think the industry can do a lot more, but it has made some enormous strides in the past few years through the campaigns that the industry has drawn together. “I think a few things need to happen. Firstly

the industry needs to work more together to increase the use of timber products. “We need to improve the profitability of the whole sector and we need to improve the perception of the forest products industry in the minds of the general public because we do have a very good story to tell. The Canadians, for example, are interesting to look at.” Canada has a company that handles a lot of the work that is similar to the FWPA; it’s called FPInnovations, which is a not for profit institute with an annual budget that Simon believes is almost 10 times that of the FWPA and it employs 500 staff. FPInnovations is among the world’s largest private, not-for-profit forest research centres.

 John Simon I-beams, engineered flooring, and more recently CLT. We’re seeing new production technologies, and certification is a positive change for forests and products,” he said. In terms of negative changes Simon is concerned that there’s been a loss of research and development capacity in Australia. “The number of R&D staff both in industry and in universities and places like CSIRO has diminished enormously in the last 5-10 years and that is a real issue for our industry,” said Simon. “I still don’t think we have the full support of the public and the Government. It would be nice to be in the same position as the car industry and we’re a large employer … where Government feels they need to put more effort and more money into key parts of the industry and it just doesn’t happen. “Having said that I think the industry has a good future and I’m excited about where the industry might go in the next 10 years.”

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The legal dangers of workplace Christmas functions By Brian Beecroft Chief Executive Officer Timber Trade Industrial Association


T IS increasingly evident that in running a business potential litigation can arise from even unlikely sources. An alarming trend which highlights the dangers for employers that can occur at this time of the year is the work Christmas function. In a previous case that was brought before the relevant federal industrial tribunal it was held that the dismissal of an employee for drunken behaviour at a workplace Christmas function was unfair. Among other things, the tribunal expressed concern that:

• t he employer had failed to take precautionary steps to moderate the supply and consumption of alcohol at its functions; and • a t the event, senior managers did not take steps to moderate the employee’s behaviour or to cut off her alcohol consumption. This decision offers employers a seasonal reminder that organising work related holiday celebrations required careful consideration of liability for alcohol service and its effects. Alcohol Apart from the strict requirements under liquor licensing laws, alcohol-

Vale Peter Roberts PETER ROBERTS, the former executive officer of the Timber Merchants Association, passed away on 11 November. “His infectious smile and character will be remembered by all who came into contact with him,” said Ron Caddy, TMA President. He said Peter was a past President, long standing board member and the immediate past Executive Officer of the Timber Merchants Association. “Peter was also a returned soldier, Vietnam, and will be deeply missed by his wife Robin, son Trent, daughter Sally and their families.”

related injuries can result in full or partial liability for the supplier of alcohol, including an employer hosting a function for its staff or clients. Liability can extended to injuries that occur in the absence of any proper supervision of the safety of all guests. Party tricks and offensive behaviour Certain inappropriate behaviour at staff Christmas functions, much of which can be attributed to the “good cheer” which often accompanies these events, can lead to employers being vicariously liable for discrimination or sexual explicit or derogatory humour in Christmas skits, inappropriate Kris Kringle gifts, and “party tricks”. An employer’s only defence to a discrimination or harassment claim arising out of these circumstances is to show that it took all reasonable steps to prevent the behaviour from occurring. Key risk management strategies Make sure that you have clear policies on the service of alcohol at work events and on equal opportunity issues.

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Be confident that employees understand that your alcohol and EO policies apply at the Christmas work function, even if it is being held off site. Advertise this fact in clear terms and offer a refresher on the key elements of the policies. Set a reasonable finishing time Arrange for sober supervision for the duration of the festivities. People who have clearly had enough should be asked tactfully to stop drinking and, if necessary, sent home via a safe means of transport. Attendees under the legal drinking age should not be served. Provide plenty of food, soft

drinks and light alcoholic drinks. Supply or arrange safe transportation options for the night, and advertise these in advance to discourage people from driving that day. In the period leading up to Christmas, employers are advised to have in place, and advertise, their policies about equal opportunity and the service of alcohol at work functions. A failure to prevent injuries or sexual harassment during these festivities can result in significant liability for employers that can have a sobering effect in the New Year. Any Member requiring assistance in dealing with workplace

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functions and associated legal issues, please contact the TTIA. TTIA Staff would like to wish employees of Australian Timberman and its readers a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Dinner and awards night By Colin Fitzpatrick Chief Executive Officer Timber & Building Materials Association (Australia)

THE 46th Annual General Meeting of TABMA Australia was held in Sydney on October 25. Following the AGM there was a ballot for office bearers and the announcement of Directors for 2012/13. Peter Hutchison of MiTek was elected unopposed as President while similarly Brenton Christopher of John Cook & Sons and John Harrison of Harrison’s Timber were elected unopposed as Vice Presidents. The remaining Directors for 2012/13 are: • Gary Walker - Belmont Timber Co Pty Ltd • Glenn Johnston - Stockwells Joinery Pty Ltd (also Chairman of WADIC) • Ian Halliday - Harper Timber • Michael Swan - Swan Le Messurier Pty Ltd • Danny Gattone - Swadlings Timber & Hardware Pty Ltd • Michael Gaske - Ozline Timber (also Chairman of TABMA QLD) • A ndrew Bone - Bone Timber Industries • Mark Willey - Gunnersens Timber Industry Dinner The 2012 Timber Industry Dinner supported by all leading timber associations and major timber suppliers will be held in Sydney on November 30. The event is a total sell out with the capacity of 350 guests reached as soon as invitations were sent out. As this is the second successive year the dinner has been sold out and as the 2013 Dinner incorporates the TABMA Awards we will probably have to look at a larger venue for next year.

TABMA QLD Awards November 3 at Victoria Park, Brisbane saw the 2012 TABMA QLD Dinner and Awards presentation. More than 300 guests attended and experienced a wonderful evening. WH&S Seminars TABMA’s National Training & Development Manager, Steve Cunningham, has been conducting a series of government backed seminars across NSW on the new WH&S legislation. These seminars have been very well attended by industry representatives and the feedback has been very positive. Retirement After 23 years service, industry identity and TABMA field officer, David Jones announced his retirement. We at TABMA wish David and his family a long and healthy future. David will be recognized and presented with an award at the November 30 Timber Industry Dinner. David has been replaced by Cassandra Caisey. TABMA SA Driven by Matt Thomas and Lauren Johns, TABMA SA continues to thrive in a tough market. The enthusiasm and creativity of Matt and Lauren has ensured continued membership growth as well as significant growth in the placement of trainees and apprentices. TMA TABMA congratulates Eric Siegers on his appointment as Executive Officer of the Timber Merchants Association Victoria and is hopeful, that through Eric, a strong working relationship can be forged between TMA and TABMA.

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21 - December 2012, TIMBERMAN

Eighteen years as secretary of national association D

OUG HOWICK has again been elected National Secretary of the Timber Preservers Association of Australia, marking 18 years in the demanding role. The organisation also celebrated its 50th year. His re-election came at the TPAA annual general meeting in Melbourne. The TPAA has notched up a half a century of work. The managing director of Australian United Timbers Pty Ltd, Burraga, NSW, Phil Burke was elected president. He succeeded David Spence, managing director of Waterhouse Treated Pine in Melbourne. The new vicepresident is Peter Herde of Portland Pine Products. In his final report to the association, Spence said that aalthough his business situation and his health and wellbeing had prevented him from being closely involved in the day-to-day management of the association, he was been pleased to oversee the development of several initiatives and activities on behalf of members that have served the timber treatment sector well. “The successful introduction and launching of a useful set of Treatment Process Guideline has been conveyed to merchants, distributors and their

representative associations. The guidelines also formed part of a flyer and a series of trade media coverage promoting both the guidelines and TPAA. “TPAA was instrumental in achieving timely amendments to and the publication of the AS 1604 suite of Standards. The technological input of the TPAA Technical Committee and the association’s delegates on the Standards Committee have been of great value,” Spence said. “Membership has increased during the year. The basic structure of the association continues to serve the industry well. As a result of the guidance of Councillors and the advice of the Technical Committee, the interests of the association have continued to be addressed. Our website is accessible throughout Australia and beyond and serves to provide appropriate information and technical details to its many viewers. “Communication with members and an increasingly diverse number of interested stakeholders world-wide has continued through our well-received, bi-monthly Newsletter “CONTACT”. The Secretariat also maintains regular email contact with Councillors and Technical Committee members.

“I would like to thank our Secretary, Doug Howick for his assistance throughout the year and commend him on his production of the “CONTACT” Newsletter. I would also like to thank all our committee members, both Technical and Council. They are all volunteers and travel great distances at times in order to attend TPAA meetings. “Although I shall stand aside as president, I hope to assist the Timber Preservers Association of Australia with the successful development of its future goals,” Spence said in his report. On the technical side The Technical Committee for the year, as elected at the October 2011 meeting was: Chairman: Harry Greaves Committee: Peter Cobham, Laurie Cookson, Stephen Crimp, Richard Forrester, Greg Jensen, David Marlay, Jack Norton, and Rick White (and latterly, Neil Mora and Geoff Stringer). Two meetings of the Technical Committee, both held in combination with meetings of the Council, were held in Melbourne on 26 October 2011 and 22 May 2012. “Standards work: Both meetings discussed work on AS/NZS 1604 series and AS/NZS 1605 series; it was

proposed to amend the AS/ NZS 1604 series and revise the AS/NZS 1605 series. The committee noted that work had only progressed on a full revision of AS/NZS 1604 series with FWPA funding. The revision of all five parts is expected to be published towards the end of October 2012. The TC supported issuing a revised AS/NZS 1605 series separately, as an industry standard,” said Dr Harry Greaves, Chairman of the TPAA Technical Committee. “During the period under review the TPAA representatives on TM006 have changed and are now: Steve Crimp, Greg Jenson, Neil Mora and Geoff Stringer. “A Standards related matter received a special hearing at the May 2012 meeting when Geoff Stringer presented a view, supported by the Australian Forest Products Association, about the need for the standard to focus more on durability and predicted service life. “It was noted at the October 2011 meeting that the termite management standard was under revision and the TPAA representative was Doug Howick, who reviewed progress with the drafts to the Public Review stage. “Technical issues: The TPAA Treatment Process

Guidelines was a primary focus for the October and May meetings. The subsequent leaflet “Ensure you’re being well treated” was seen as a strong marketing tool and one which might also boost our country-wide membership. In discussions in which the Council played the necessary leading role a funding and marketing strategy was agreed upon in order to present the leaflet as widely as possible. “This included support (with promotion) and participation in two conferences: Wood Preservation 2012, May 22/23, and Frame Australia 2012, June 22 – both held in Melbourne,” Dr Greaves’ report said. “Items discussed at the October 2011 meeting included: the production of a Treated Timber Vineyard Posts facts sheet for the Grape and Wine Growers Association (now completed and uploaded to our website); remediation of CCA-treated waste; CCA insurance coverage developments; and the usual consumer advisory contacts. “Items discussed at the May 2012 meeting included: participation in the Timber Queensland Treaters Forum; TPAA membership issues; advisory contacts; and industry support work. The Chairman would

 Doug Howick. like to thank all committee members and the National Secretary, Doug Howick, for their work during the year,” Dr Greaves said in his report. Appointments Nominations received for the following National Councillors for the period 2012/2013 were confirmed and they were appointed on the recommendation of Council: Elias Akle, Phil Burke, Ian Clarke, Tim Evans, Harry Greaves, Peter Herde, Angelo Hrastov, Garrie James, Wayne Lewis, David Marlay, Pat Shelton, David Spence. At the recommendation of Council, the following Technical Committee was appointed for the period 2012/2013 with power to co-opt and appoint further members as appropriate: Dr Harry Greaves (Chairman), Peter Cobham, Dr Laurie Cookson, Dr Stephen Crimp, Richard Forrester, Greg Jensen, David Marlay, Neil Mora, Jack Norton, Rick White, Geoff Stringer.

“We really are all like a family,” says new ATFA President OAKDALE INDUSTRIES divisional manager John Hollis’ industry passion has been recognised, with his election to the prestigious national position of Australian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA) President. A member of the ATFA board since 2007, John has been an ATFA director for five years and has also served in the roles of secretary and vice president. He was also awarded the title of ATFA Vanguard. ATFA Chief Executive Officer Randy Flierman praised John and his long commitment to ATFA. “John has been an outstanding servant of ATFA, imparting his vast knowledge and experience,” he said. “John’s commitment to the industry and ATFA is second to none and we look forward to his leadership and advocacy as the new president.” John has also worked tirelessly for 12 years as divisional manager of OAK Tasmania’s Oakdale Industries. A leading Tasmanian timber manufacturer and an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE), Oakdale Industries provides employment and training

to adults living with disability. OAK Tasmania Chief Executive Officer John Paton praised John’s appointment and his dedication to Oakdale Industries. “John’s many years of experience in the timber industry combined with the level of care he has for his staff form the foundation of Oakdale Industries’ success, and I congratulate him on his achievement,” he said. Raised on Tasmania’s East Coast, John ventured into farming as a young school- leaver. However, it was in 1975 when he was drafted to the Sandy Bay Football Club, that he began his career in the timber industry securing an apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner. He has been passionately involved with the timber industry, at various levels, ever since. However it was his move to Oakdale Industries 12 years ago to work in both the timber industry and the disability sector that made the biggest change to John’s career. “It was a challenge coming from the corporate world in the timber industry I had been involved with, where it was all about margins

and return to shareholders and return on investment,” he said. “Here at Oakdale those outcomes are still important to have a viable business, but the duality thing is to actually see the contribution we as an ADE can make to people’s lives with special needs and that’s a real pleasant experience.” John said his position as ATFA President was a great way to be fully involved in the timber industry and the Association, both on a personal and an organisational level. “From an organisational point of view and a brand point of view, it means a lot to Oakdale Industries to actually be involved with ATFA,” he said. “And to be involved in any type of association, I am a firm believer that we must have active participation in those associations,” “Personally I just like to become involved and see the good coming out of things that you can actually participate in.” John said just as Oakdale Industries put smiles on people’s faces and made positive impacts on people’s lives, ATFA also

helped and supported a huge number of people in the industry. “ATFA’s membership is approximately 550 (80% of which is small business) and we really are all like a family,” he said. “We are there to support one another and we have a very good structural set up with staff, technical advisers and hotlines so any of our members at any time can actually be ringing through to get information. “To be part of that is really pleasing.” John said the focus at ATFA was also not just on individual businesses but on growing and bettering the timber industry as a whole. He praised the passion of all those involved with ATFA and recognised the shoes he would be filling in his new role. “Within ATFA we have some very passionate and active people,” John said. “Our immediate past President Paul Kiely of Planet Timbers in Western Australia, was quite simply a legend.” John will occupy the role of ATFA President for at least the next two years.

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TIMBERMAN, December 2012 – 22


Time for change in timber floor ratings By Kersten Gentle Executive Officer FTMA


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Products. Where is the Future Value? I was given the task of chairing the session focusing on ways to Increase demand for Australian Timber Products with panel speakers Harley Dale (HIA), Lisa Marty (Victorian Association of Forest Industries) and Jim Adams (TCA). Harley provided his usual informative display highlighting the current market and forecast housing starts (which as we know is not that brilliant) including an update of key housing indicators which showed a decline in; New detached house sales, PCI new orders, Investment property lending and Home building approved but not yet commenced. However the positive news was the notable improvements for; Detached house approvals, other dwelling approvals, residential land sales, Owner – occupied housing finance (new homes), WestpacMelbourne Institute Time to Buy a Dwelling Index, Detached house prices (capital cities) and Unit price (capital cities). The importance of sustainability in the housing industry will increase over the coming years which of course will have a great bearing on the amount of timber used. However, consumers are currently talking the talk but not walking the walk when it comes to choosing sustainable building materials for building. Lisa Marty, CEO of Victorian Association of Forest Industries, discussed the importance of increased research, resource security and development of new products for the industry and market. There is no doubt timber has added benefits of strength, appearance, environmental benefits, ease of use and of course the general public’s familiarity with wood. The industry, according to Lisa, is bright if industry can focus on what the customers want and develop building systems such as prefabricated timber flooring to replace the need for concrete slabs. The focus for Jim Adams, CEO of Timber Communities Australia, was the consumer’s choice to choose a product fit for purpose with a price that fits their budget and is not only environmentally friendly but provides employment and has a ‘social licence’. Issues such as the inadequacies of the Green Building Ratings which provide benefits to concrete and other less environmentally building materials over timber was a key issue for the industry

and government to focus on along with exploring timber procurement policies which would require increased use of wood to address climate change. Whilst researching for this session I turned my attention to the paper written by Andrew Dunn of the Timber Development Association focusing on Wood Procurement Policies in different countries and noticed that the State of Washington – USA much like Australia developed an Act which recognised “the primary focus on building designs has been an attempt to reduce energy requirements, primarily heating and cooling, over the course of the building’s lifetime”. This is very similar to the ambitions of

the Green Building Council, however, unlike Australia the State of Washington realised that “they had overlooked the opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts at earlier stages in the building and construction design process. The selection of building materials and products such as using wood and wood products in the design stage provides substantial opportunities to reduce lifetime greenhouse gas emissions”. I don’t know whether to say hooray or der as this is just commonsense. Let’s hope we can get changes to the Australian policies which still give higher ratings to a concrete slab over a timber floor.

Rod McInnes, CEO of Timber Queensland, highlighted that in his state in 1960 each person used approximately 3 cubic metres of timber whereas now days they only use ½ cubic metre of timber per person and even though the usage has dropped there are concerns we will not be able to meet the needs of the community in the future as the population increases. Therefore whilst it is important we look at ways to increase timbers market share we must continue to focus on building our resource base to meet the future demand. Congratulations to ForestWorks for once again bringing the industry together at the Industry Development Conference

 Kersten Gentle. including the dinner at Parliament House which continues to lift the profile of the industry.

TVAA’s new veneer product manual has it all The Timber Veneer Association of Australia (TVAA) has brought out a completely new edition of the popular Veneer Product Information Manual. The new 28-page manual, simply titled Veneer, is not just an update but has been rewritten to include the latest information on a range of issues including: • Chain of Custody Certification • Explanation of veneer production from tree to veneer • Detailed advice on sequence matching for continuity • Guidelines on finishes Information about BCA Material Groups applicable to veneered panels will be of particular interest to specifiers, since fire hazard properties are sometimes a limiting factor in the wider use of veneered panels for wall and ceiling linings.

 DWVA Rice & Skinner, Office Fitout.

 Qantas Lounge.

Fire tests initiated by the TVAA have shown that veneer species in general use meet Group 2 requirements when applied to a flame-retardant treated MDF substrate. The new manual demystifies some of the terms used in the veneer industry such as G2S (Good Two Sides), and references the Australian Standards relevant to the production of veneered board. Also illustrated are different matching techniques, such as book matching and slip  T VAA Manual cover. matching together with examples of the many beautiful grain patterns available, such as burl, birdseye, and fiddleback. TVAA President Rod Sharp said he expected the manual to be a help to architects and interior designers when it came to specifying veneered panels. “Terms that we use every day in the industry aren’t necessarily familiar to specifiers”, Rod said. “A section in the manual titled How to Specify Wood Veneer will help with specification writing, and the many illustrations show what can be achieved with this renewable and sustainable resource.” Copies of the new manual can be downloaded from the Association’s website at after 14th November, 2012. Those who prefer a hard copy can obtain one free of charge through the TVAA Info Line 1300 303 982, or a copy can be ordered by email at

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