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WAPPING CEMENT and steel for timber is the vision of a number of environmentally-minded architects who are planning high-rise buildings across the world. However, that’s not a new concept for Canadianbased architect Michael Green. Back in 2010, Green was one of the major speakers at WoodSolutions in Australia and at that time proclaimed “we are on the cusp of a wood revolution”. He had stressed that architects had a duty to “address the problems of our profession as it relates to climate change. I believe the materials we build with are something we can easily address to make an enormous difference that will lead us to carbon neutral and, in time, carbon negative buildings”. Green’s Australian talks also tackled the significant negative environmental impact of concrete and steel

in building and in turn the significant benefits of wood. “For environmental, aesthetic and economic reasons, contemporary designs are incorporating wood in structures ranging from public to multi-storey residential buildings,” he told attendees at a series of address throughout Australia. Now, he has plans for a 30-storey wooden skyscraper in Vancouver, while plans are afoot in Norway and Austria for 17- and 20-storey buildings that use wood as the main building material. "We think we can go higher than 30-stories," says Green. "We stopped exploring wood around 100 years ago (with the advent of steel and concrete); now we're looking at a whole new system using mass timber products." Green says that the modern wood materials have been around for around 20 years, but until recently they've been quite niche or used only in

low-rise buildings. What has changed is the way in which architects and builders are thinking about using wood. "The real change came when we started thinking about climate change. Steel and concrete are great but not environmentally friendly," he says. Cutting down trees to make buildings doesn't immediately sound eco-friendly either, but if sourced from sustainably managed forests (like those in Europe and North America), it can be more environmentally sensitive. Wood buildings lock in carbon dioxide for the life cycle of a structure, while the manufacture of steel and concrete produces large amounts of CO2 -- the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimate that for every 10 kilos of cement created, six to nine kilos of CO2 are produced. Green's "Tallwood" structure is designed with

large panels of laminated strand lumber -- a composite made of strands of wood glued together. Other mass timber products use layers of wood fused together at right angels that making they immensely strong and able to be used as lode bearing infrastructure, walls and floors. Despite being made of wood any worries about towering infernos should be banished, says Green, as large timber performs well in fires with a layer of char insulating the structural wood beneath. Really we're at the stage where we're able to start to show what's possible, a bit like that Eiffel Tower moment.

Currently one of the highest modern wooden buildings is in London. Called the Stadthaus, Murray Grove, it's a nine-story residential building that stands at just under 30 metres. Even the lift shafts and stairwells are made from wood. "It's under 30 metres because over that UK regulations say that sprinklers have to be installed and other regulations come in to play," says Craig Liddell, commercial director of KLH UK the company that developed the crosslaminated timber for the building. The cross-laminated timber used on the Stadthaus is classified as air-tight, making it one of London's most energy efficient buildings. As a pre-fabricated structure it also took less time to construct and was cheaper than a conventional steel and concrete building, says Liddell.

Michael Green, architect "It may sound counterintuitive, but performing well in a fire is something inherent in large piece of wood, that's why in forest fires the trees that survive are the largest ones," he says.

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For all the eco-credentials ultimately buildings are erected because of a strong bottom line. "For the idea of tall wooden buildings to be viable they have to be cost effective," says Green. "We can show that wood structures are dollar for dollar or cheaper compared to other buildings." Beyond that Green believes it's about thinking big. "Really we're at the stage where we're able to start to show what's possible, a bit like that Eiffel Tower moment. That was built when no one was used or understood tall structures, but it showed what could be done and just as importantly stretched the imagination."

Ground-breaking complex built from PEFC certified wood LONDON-BASED Bridport House is a ground-breaking multi-storey residential complex built from crosslaminated timber (CLT) sourced from PEFC-certified spruce forests of Central Europe. Designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects and overseen by building contractors Willmott Dixon, Bridport House in the London Borough of Hackney is the first stage in plans to reinvigorate the Colville Estate, a 1950s housing project. Built from cross laminated timber, it is intended to replace an original 1950s building. Bridport House offers 41 maisonettes and apartments. The cross laminated timber is made from PEFC certified spruce wood supplied by the company Stora Enso Wood Products and sourced from its purpose-built factory with

fully integrated sawmill at Bad St Leonard in Austria. Stora Enso Wood Products is a Scandinavian wood products and packaging company with head offices in Stockholm and Helsinki. The Bridport House project has pushed the boundaries of timber engineering. This particular project is the first time that CLT has been used in the UK for the construction of an entire multistorey structure, including the ground floor. CLT is lightweight (one of the key criteria for this project), it can be assembled very rapidly and above all, it has important carbon sequestration properties. The issue of weight was an important consideration in light of the fact that the site on which Bridport House is located has a storm relief sewer running northwest to southeast directly beneath it making it unsuitable for a traditional

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HE EXPANDED sponsors display and exhibition area at Frame Australia 2012, where delegates will interact with sponsors on products and services available to the wood products and residential construction industries, will be a major feature of the event, according to conference organiser Kevin Ezard. To be held at Park Hyatt Melbourne on 18-19 June, the conference exhibition will feature a wide range of companies providing displays on timber frame construction systems, design and manufacturing software, estimating services and software, structural timber and engineered wood products, nailplates and timber connectors, manufacturing equipment for frame prefabrication and panel building systems, and timber treatment and preservation. Kevin said the exhibition area would be located both in the central foyer (also the venue

for Monday night’s cocktail reception) of the conference session and discussion forum rooms where delegates can mingle during breaks and at lunchtime. Displays will include Principal Sponsor MiTek Australia, Gold Major Sponsor Pryda Australia, and Major Sponsors Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts, Hundegger Australasia, Hyne Timber, and Stora Enso. Other sponsor displays will be by Buildsoft, Databuild, Estim8, Homag Australia, LP Building Products, Multinail Australia, Platinum Global, Tecbuild Systems, and Wood Solutions. The expanded facility has enabled new exhibitors to participate for the first time, including LouisianaPacific Corp’s LP SolidStart Engineered Wood Products, which will display its range of LSL, LVL, Rim Board and I-Joists. The company has entered the Australian market with high quality and sustainable certified



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wood products, primarily for residential housing construction, and offers performance benefits to designers backed by warranties to builders. Another first-time exhibitor is Buildsoft, formed 26 years ago in Australia to develop easy to use estimating software. The company’s estimating and take-off programs are now nationally the most widely known and used systems. Just released and to be demonstrated at the display is Buildsoft Takeoff 2, a superior new take-off system ideally suited for builders and subcontractors. Service providers also are among new exhibitors and include Estim8, an estimating service to the timber and building industries that is now broadening its field from primarily timber truss and frame to timber products and building. The company is expanding its coverage into engineered wood products such as I-Joists and LVL, and providing building take-off quantities for a wide range of building products as a service to builders, timber merchants and pre-fabrication plants. A long-term provider of construction estimating and design service Platinum Global Services (previously Truss-Rite) will display an overview of its fast reliable and efficient offshore estimating and design service located in Vietnam, with highly trained staff in a modern efficient office and security systems offering complete protection of customer data. Platinum Global has a multi-facet involvement in the building industry providing solutions to all aspects of construction estimating and design. They also have the support of major construction software suppliers such as MiTek to provide a strong and reliable service to truss and frame fabricators. Another new exhibitor is Databuild, a company specialising in estimating, project management and accounting software for the building and construction industry since 1975, offering software packages targeted at the housing, construction and other project based industries. Databuild software is developed in Victoria to assist builders with estimating quantities and prices, with comprehensive material lists that provide quick and accurate job costings. The software is a whole-of-business system with interactive ordering and price quoting systems, as well as an accounting system all using the same base data, meaning there is no need for data transfer, simply change the data in one location and it is changed everywhere in the program. In addition to the Sponsor exhibition area, event supporters will have individual displays in the

main ballroom where they can promote their activities and provide information. These supporters include AFPA Australian Forest Products Association, AFS - Australian Forestry Standard, EWPAA - Engineered Wood Products Association Aust, FTMAA Frame & Truss Manufacturers Association Aust, MBAV Master Builders Association Vic, TMAV - Timber Merchants Association Vic, and TPAA - Timber Preservers Association Aust. Kevin said many sponsors would be launching new products and systems along with the latest developments to keep delegates up to date, ensuring the exhibition area will be a great success for all attendees. Frame Australia has become the major national event for engineered timber and building pre-fabrication and this year over 300 delegates are expected to attend the twoday event. It provides a unique biannual opportunity for the assembly of business owners, senior management and key staff from a broad spectrum of interests in the wood products and housing construction industries. For more information visit the website

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Conference & Exhibition 18-19 Melbourne June 18-1 Park Hyatt Melbourne


N THE eve of the Frame Australia conference Kevin Ezard, Frame Australia conference director, was looking forward to a new style of event that brought a number of different elements together for the first time. “This is a departure from the norm, it’s the first time we’ve made a concerted

A global perspective for national event effort at bringing in more overseas speakers,” said Ezard. “We’ve got more speakers and more panel members this year, 12 from overseas.” Each of the six sessions that will be run over the two days, June 18-19, will start with an overview that will put the session topics in global perspective and align them with current best practices in an international context. Following the international perspective another two speakers will present on related topics with a more national or local flavour but still in context with the overarching theme for the session. To expand each session and allow for greater interaction, a panel will convene that opens discussion to the

floor and gives delegates the opportunity to join the conversation. Topics for the six sessions include global assessments on wood construction systems, building data and design software, engineered wood and structural timber, pre-fabricated frame manufacturing, panellised housing construction, BIM database technology and new engineering solutions for the manufacture of wood construction components. “There are so many things going on that no one theme could do the conference justice,” explained Ezard. More speakers and an international flavour are just part of the industry’s recognition of the changing face of the industry. “We’ve heavily promoted to the construction market and building designers,” said Ezard. “Technology is driving this. The topics are more relevant and engaging for this market too.” Changes underway in the building design and construction industry such as the introduction of BIM and increasing sophistication in building engineering software means the whole supply chain has become even more interdependent. Following the interest shown in the displays that are another feature of this show the display area is now larger to stop congestion

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and allow everyone to move around freely. Not only is the physical area larger now but the diversity of companies reflects the growth and diversity in the industry. This year there has been substantial interest from equipment suppliers as well as international distributors, which underscores the global nature of the industry.

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frame with completed panel walls and roof sections, all factory built and assembled on site. A very popular style in Europe and around the world produced by HUF Haus and featured in the Grand Designs TV program. The concept of pre-fabricated panel construction will be discussed at Frame Australia 2012 by a number of speakers in the sessions 'Wood construction systems' and 'Pre-fabricated frame manufacturing'. See more about Frame Australia in this edition. Photo courtesy HUF Haus Germany

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Global View presenters: Tony Arnel, Global Director Sustainability, Norman Disney & Young, and Chair, Green Building Council of Australia, former Chair, World Green Building Council. Rob Hooker, Vice President of Software Engineering, MiTek USA John Mitchell, Chairman, buildingSmart Australasia Olle Berg, Senior Vice President - Marketing & Sales, Overseas, Stora Enso Wood Products, Europe Philipp Zumbrunnen, Design Director, Eurban/Carbon Eng, UK Walter Fahrenschon, Chief Executive Officer, Hundegger Machinery, Germany

International panel members include: Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General, PEFC International, Switzerland Tony Walls, Senior Product Manager – SAPPHIRE™ Suite, MiTek USA Rob Malkin, Sales and Industry Director, AEC, Autodesk Asia Pacific Al Huber, International Sales Manager – EWP, LP Building Products USA Hansbert Ott, Managing Director, Weinmann Germany

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Frame Australia 2012 Con MONDAY JUNE 18 8.45–9.00 Conference opening 9.00–10.45 SESSION 1 Green buildings and carbon Chair: Kevin Ezard, Conference Director, Frame Australia Sustainable construction for reduced environmental impact is becoming normal practice in commercial buildings and emerging in housing and consumer preference in Australia and internationally with carbon pricing and carbon storage outcomes encouraging use of timber and wood based construction systems. GLOBAL VIEW: • Impact of green star ratings and carbon pricing in commercial and residential buildings Tony Arnel, Global Director Sustainability, Norman Disney & Young, and Chair, Green Building Council of Australia, former Chair, World Green Building Council. The evolution of buildings that are energy efficient to reduce the impact of climate change has now become mainstream in commercial construction and rapidly developing in residential housing in Australia and internationally, with star ratings, carbon pricing, and other commercial realities driving the change. Current indications are this trend to ‘green buildings’ is helping to generate increased demand for timber and wood based construction systems to achieve improved environmental outcomes and carbon neutral buildings.

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TOPICS: • Utilising wood construction systems in tall buildings Andrew Nieland, Business Manager, Lend Lease Australia Development In Europe, the adoption of timber frames and cross laminated timber for buildings much taller than those in Australia has become a common construction practice; however Lend Lease’s innovation into sustainable timber buildings within the Australian region will detail the application of cross laminated timber as a construction method in this market. A case study will be presented detailing innovation, design, construction, and development to demonstrate how wood can be used as an alternative to more carbonintensive materials such as concrete and steel. • Make it wood – do your world some good Sean O’Malley, Research & Technical Manager, Planet Ark Wood can play a big part in helping moderate climate change by storing carbon and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Wood is unique among building materials and the Planet Ark campaign ‘Make It Wood - Do Your World Some Good’ explains why and highlights how to choose the right wood for furniture, homes and other buildings. We are increasing recognition and educating consumers about wood as a carbon store, its role in the carbon cycle and the importance of using the right certified wood from wellmanaged sources.

4.15–5.15 FORUM 1 – Green buildings and carbon Chair: Richard Stanton, National Secretary, Australian Forestry Standard / PEFC Australia (AFS)

embrace this new era of a real whole-house software solution with a range of benefits this brings to the truss and frame industry, and potentially to others in the supply chain.

Panel: • Tony Arnel, Global Director Sustainability, Norman Disney & Young, • Andrew Nieland, Business Manager, Lend Lease Australia - Development • Sean O’Malley, Research & Technical Manager, Planet Ark • Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General, PEFC International, Switzerland • Dylan Brady, Architect, studio 505 • Dr Phil Alviano, Sustainable Building Advisor, Master Builders Association of Victoria • Mark Allan, Manager of Sustainability & Urban Design, Billard Leece Partnership MONDAY JUNE 18 (cont.)

• An insight into detailer and estimator productivity with advancing technology Jon Hill, State Manager NSW, Pryda Australia An efficient detailing and estimating function is vital to the success of a truss and frame fabrication plant, and also a substantial investment. A greater appreciation of a detailer’s daily activities can highlight opportunities to streamline processes and manage internal and external forces. Despite the advancement in technology, it is unclear if this has contributed to improved efficiencies or simply created increased complexity? What training and support is required to get the most out of these resources and what will future advances in technology mean for the detailer of today?

11.15–1.00 SESSION 2 – Design and manufacturing software Chair: Stephen Fray, Executive Chairman Asia Pacific & Africa, MiTek Timber truss and frame software now produces real ‘whole of house’ design with 3D analysis leading to interaction with building designer CAD and estimating programs including BIM collaboration, with program functionality providing opportunities to assist productivity in estimating and detailing to increase output. GLOBAL VIEW: • New generation design software capabilities for pre-fabricated timber framing Rob Hooker, Vice President of Software Engineering, MiTek USA New generation timber frame design software produces structural designs and optimised materials outcomes for timber framing using ‘whole of house’ design and Building Information Modelling (BIM) collaboration. This software development is leading to a new generation of interaction between designers, suppliers and builders through collaboration with building designer CAD and estimating programs. TOPICS: • The impact of “real whole house” design software on the pre-fabrication industry Richard Moulton, National Software Support Manager, MiTek Australia Pre-Fabrication software has changed significantly from its inception in the 1980’s. This presentation touches on how pre-Fabrication design software evolved, what challenges we faced with traditional systems and now, what tremendous opportunities exist as we

4.15–5.15 FORUM 2 – Design and manufacturing software Chair: Paul Gaiardo, General Manager, Pryda Aust & NZ Panel: • Rob Hooker, Vice President of Software Engineering, MiTek USA • Richard Moulton, National Software Support Manager, MiTek Australia • Jon Hill, State Manager NSW, Pryda Australia • Craig Kay, National Product Manager – EWP, Tilling Timber • Peter Atkinson, Detailer Support, Dahlsens Truss & Frame • Tony Walls, Senior Product Manager – SAPPHIRE™ Suite, MiTek USA MONDAY JUNE 18 (cont.) 2.00–3.45 SESSION 3 – Building project data integration Chair: Lou Raunik, Board member, Master Builders Association of Victoria, and Director, Icon Construction Residential and commercial building project management is moving to integration with Building Information Modelling (BIM) database technology for exchange of data between architect, engineer, fabricator and builder, with collaboration portals to share the digital model and associated building information. GLOBAL VIEW: • The Building Information Modelling process and potential for supply chain integration John Mitchell, Chairman, buildingSmart Australasia Overview of BIM process and potential for facilitation between designers, suppliers and builders with collaboration portals to share the digital model and associated building information,

and possibilities for BIM program integration from architect to engineering design to estimating, prefabrication, and construction. Report on outcomes from BIM Roadmap workshops undertaken in all states to identify tasks, priorities and actions for the development of a National BIM implementation plan. TOPICS: • Why you won't be able to compete without a BIM enabled world! Rob Malkin, Sales and Industry Director, AEC, Autodesk Asia Pacific BIM is an intelligent model– based design process that adds value across the entire lifecycle of building and infrastructure projects, with every aspect of the design, engineering and construction solutions more efficiently conducted via BIM tools. BIM models can also include manufacturing data, and firms can better price their services and increase their net profit margins. BIM leads to minimal field connections, more efficient labor and construction timelines, increased quality and consistency, and we will review the benefits of BIM to building pre-fabrication in the timber industry. • Collaborative platform solutions for the construction supply chain Claudelle Taylor, Leighton Holdings and Professor Kerry London, School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University Collaborative platforms require a decision framework to support multi-disciplinary information and knowledge management with a model that is focussed upon integrated design and delivery solutions for all construction supply chain factors. The decision framework relies upon construction management professionals with new tools and workflow practices and processes being developed. Discussion will include the knowledge, skills and attributes of all involved in the integrated supply chain with some practical examples from major construction projects. 4.15–5.15 FORUM 3 – Building project data integration Chair: Peter Roberts, Executive Director, Timber Merchants Association Victoria (TMA Vic) Panel: • John Mitchell, Chairman, buildingSmart • Rob Malkin, Sales and Industry Director, AEC, Autodesk Asia Pacific • Claudelle Taylor, Leighton Holdings • Dr Alastair Woodard, Executive Director, Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society • Dennis De George, Manager – Software Development, MiTek Aust • Zol Nagy, Nagy Design, and


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nference Program committee member Building Designers Association Victoria TUESDAY JUNE 19 9.00–10.45 SESSION 4 – Engineered wood and structural timber Chair: David Pollard, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) The global balance of wood fibre utilisation may impact on future cost and availability, with increasing development of high performance products and modular panellised systems to meet the demand for efficient building, along with trends in treatment technology for timber protection and termite resistance. GLOBAL VIEW: • International distribution patterns for structural timber and wood fibre Olle Berg, Senior Vice President - Marketing & Sales, Overseas, Stora Enso Wood Products, Europe. A global market demand outlook for the short term including the Australian market, and projected long term market outlook with higher share from urban construction and the new bio-base business developments. Trends in global supply of structural timber and other wood products for building construction including developments for CLT construction in Europe and the likely potential for Australia. TOPICS: • Emerging technologies and timber products in residential construction Andrew Dunn, Chief Executive Officer, Timber Development Association (NSW) Five years have passed since an international report on emerging timber products, systems and technologies was published by CSIRO for FWPA. The University of Technology Sydney has recently reviewed these products and systems in relation to the residential construction market to see where they stand today. The presentation will review the successful and not so successful systems as well as new emerging technologies that could potentially apply to residential construction in Australia. • Technology trends for the protection of timber and wood products Terry Smith, Technical Sales Manager, Osmose New Zealand Treated timber is a growing market for residential construction, and there are new treatment options and new treated timber products being brought to market. Keeping abreast of the changing options is important for architects, designers, fabricators and builders. This presentation will

deliver a broad overview of treated timber with an emphasis on new technology that is available in the Australian and other world markets. 4.15–5.15 FORUM 4 Engineered wood and structural timber Chair: John Simon, Chief Executive, Simmonds Lumber Group Panel: • Olle Berg, Senior Vice President - Marketing & Sales, Overseas, Stora Enso Wood Products, Europe. • Andrew Dunn, CEO, Timber Development Association (NSW) • Terry Smith, Technical Sales Manager, Osmose New Zealand • Al Huber, International Sales Manager – EWP, LP Building Products USA • Greg Jensen, Commercial and Regulatory Manager, Lonza Wood Protection • Michael Murphy, Technical and Marketing Manager – LVL, Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts Australia TUESDAY JUNE 19 (cont.) 11.15–1.00 SESSION 5 – Wood construction systems Chair: Ric Sinclair, Managing Director, Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) The critical factors of building cost and time, plus environmental impact is leading to increased interest in MRTFC timber construction and solid wood panel (CLT), laminated timber and panellised construction systems in buildings up to 5 storeys and beyond, resulting in more projects using wood construction. GLOBAL VIEW: • Laminated timber products for engineered wood buildings Philipp Zumbrunnen, Design Director, Eurban/Carbon Eng, UK The development of new engineered wood products especially of laminated timber in Europe over the last 20 years has allowed engineers to use timber in bigger and higher buildings. Cross laminated timber (CLT) is now established and used as an alternative building system to conventional building materials like steel and concrete. The UK is an important market for CLT with use in some of the largest and tallest buildings, and with other laminated timber products is successful in providing benefits that may also be applied in other markets. TOPICS • Timber framing for MultiRes dwelling construction – the challenges and benefits Kris te Lintelo, Development Director, Australand The application of timber framing to multi-residential projects up to 4 storeys has challenges in

the design process such as fire and sound ratings determination for different sites which can be more complex using timber frame construction. Project examples shown will include design developments such as elimination of concrete slabs even for carpark areas, along with the solutions developed and tangible benefits that have been achieved over the past years with timber framing. • The emergence of prefabricated timber systems in non-residential applications Bernard Kennelly, Market Development Engineer, Pryda Australia An increasingly mature prefabricated timber industry operating in a cyclical residential market is encouraging timber suppliers and fabricators to explore prospects in the light commercial and industrial sector. Modular construction, remote accommodation, schools, aged care facilities and multiresidential developments are often the domain of the steel industry. How does a fragmented timber industry capitalise on these opportunities and navigate through a minefield of structural, contractual and regulatory requirements? 4.15–5.15 FORUM 5 – Wood construction systems Chair: Kersten Gentle, Executive Officer, Frame & Truss Manufacturers Association Australia (FTMA Aust) Panel: • Philipp Zumbrunnen, Director, Carbon Eng, UK • Kris te Lintelo, Development Director, Australand • Bernard Kennelly, Market Development Engineer, Pryda Australia • Bruce Hutchings, Director, Timberbuilt Solutions • David Waldren, National Executive Design Manager, Grocon Group • Doug Bartlett, Timber & Building Industry Consultant • Jack Haber, Director, Tecbuild Systems

Executive Officer, Hundegger Machinery, Germany Overview of CNC equipment for the wood construction industry, and the range available in high performance linear sawing systems including Hundegger equipment for both Australian and European markets. The latest wall panel manufacturing and alternative building structures, plus a summary of manufacturing wall panel products for residential housing construction such as closed panel production, Structural insulated Panel (SIP) processing, and CLT processing including plant and equipment for manufacturing solid timber walls at low cost (MHM-Solid Wood Wall System) TOPICS: • Manufacturing plant scheduling and planning for efficient and profitable operation Tim Rossiter, Chief Engineer NSW, MiTek Australia Efficiency improvements being a direct link to increased profitability are not new, but in the timber truss and frame industry it is often neglected, misunderstood, or at worst ignored. This stems from the difficulty in forecasting/ measuring/monitoring and modifying our systems’ “efficiency” and this presentation will revisit the measuring tools available to the truss industry. The good news is that there is an on-going evolution of systems capitalising on technological advances that this industry is starting to embrace, to the considerable benefit of those that do so.

TUESDAY JUNE 19 (cont.) 2.00–3.45 SESSION 6 – Pre-fabricated frame manufacturing Chair: Maurie Anglin, General Manager Pryda Group Pre-fabrication of timber roof truss and wall frames requires effective manufacturing equipment and production management, with scheduling and planning critical for an efficient process. Also, the emerging solid wood and cassette or panellised construction systems provide a new business opportunity for fabricators. GLOBAL VIEW: • Innovative engineering in manufacture of wood construction components Walter Fahrenschon, Chief

Philipp Zumbrunnen

• Prefabrication of closed timber frame panels (panelisation) and how to get into it. Johann Betz, JS Betz Consulting, New Zealand Prefabricated housing concepts promise to reduce building cost, cut waste, and at the same time improve building quality. Overseas examples of fully closed pre-wired and ducted wall, floor, and roof panels illustrate how a system of panels can be assembled to be weathertight within a few days. While inspiring, these examples raise the question whether this form of delivering architecture is also feasible down under. What exactly does panelised prefabrication mean and how can interested prefabricators get into it? 4.15–5.15 FORUM 6 – Pre-fabricated frame manufacturing Chair: Cameron Wake, Manager Manufacturing and Machinery, MiTek Australia Panel: • Walter Fahrenschon, Chief Executive Officer, Hundegger Machinery, Germany • Tim Rossiter, Chief Engineer NSW, MiTek Australia • Johann Betz, JS Betz Consulting, New Zealand • Chris Hay, General Manager, Northside Trusses & Frames, Qld • Geoff Baxter, Managing Director, BB Truss & Timber, Vic • Hansbert Ott, Managing Director, Weinmann Germany. • Ian Currie, Fabricator Systems Manager, Pryda Australia


TIMBERMAN, May 2012 – 8

Major topics at frame Australia in June A

GROWING interest in pre-fabricated panellised buildings and new concept engineered wood construction systems developed both in Australia and overseas are just two of a comprehensive range of topics to be presented at the Frame Australia 2012 conference and exhibition. Other significant subjects include developments in building project data integration, with design and materials supply information through BIM collaboration portals, and the global growth in sustainable buildings for carbon neutral outcomes. The wide ranging program is intended for an industry cross section including timber truss and frame fabricators, timber producers and importers, timber and building materials suppliers, developers and builders, and suppliers of services for building and construction. The two-day conference, on June 18 and 19 at the prestigious Park Hyatt Melbourne, will include an extensive exhibition display with sponsors interacting with delegates on timber products and building systems, design and estimating software, and manufacturing equipment. For the past 14 years, Frame Australia has been

recognised as the major national conference and exhibition for engineered timber and building prefabrication and this year has a large number of international experts delivering presentations. Topics to be presented at the conference are: Green buildings and carbon Sustainable buildings and the costs to be imposed from the carbon tax (to be introduced on July 1 this year) has become a developing argument for the use of timber in construction. The tax is projected to provide a financial stimulus for more wood products to be used in commercial buildings. The conference will discuss this important change, along with the certification of wood products required and an explanation of current environmental awareness programs to help consumers understand carbon storage. Design and manufacturing software Timber truss and frame software now produces structural designs and optimised materials outcomes for timber framing with ‘whole of house’ design and 3D analysis. This session

also deals with potential interaction with building designer CAD and estimating programs including Building Information Modelling (BIM) collaboration, and the benefits of efficiencies achieved from updated software in estimating and detailing for trusses and frames. Building project data integration Residential and commercial building project management is moving to integrate with BIM database technology for construction solutions and exchange of data between architect, engineer, fabricator and builder using an intelligent model-based design process and collaborative platforms for the construction supply chain. These developments will have major future impact on the flow of information between the designer, builder and prefabricator and will offer reduced costs from more efficient manufacturing data with improved quality and consistency. Engineered wood and structural timber Trends in supply and demand for structural timber products are changing

Tour best truss maker with Multinail

MULTINAIL IS offering conference delegates at Frame Australia 2012 and attendees of the Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association (FTMA) National Awards 2012 the opportunity to visit one of Australia’s finest truss plants which is located in Bendigo, Victoria. In fact anyone in the industry is free to make the trip which is organised by Multinail. BB Truss & Timber was awarded the FTMA 2007-08 and 2009-10 awards for Best Truss plant. BB is a licensed Multinail fabricator. This is more than a free tour of the plant as Multinail will transport you from the city of Melbourne to the city of Bendigo and back in a luxury coach. On top of that the company is providing

a roast lunch for all participants as well as a tour of the historic city of Bendigo for partners who may not want to tour the BB facility. A coach will pick up participants outside the Park Hyatt Hotel at 9.30am on Sunday morning (17 June) and return them there by 5.30pm. Since the event slots in nicely between the FTMA’s awards night on 16June and the Frame Australia conference which starts on 18 June this is a very good opportunity for interstate visitors as well as locals to see both an historic city and a top class manufacturing facility. All you have to do is contact Multinail via email or by calling Multinail’s Melbourne office on 03 8787 8922 or fax 03 8787 8422.

globally, and engineered wood systems are becoming more important to dwelling construction with panellised and modular building systems being developed to meet the demand for improved efficiency and cost savings on site. The session also will consider recent developments and changing options in treatment technology and products for timber protection. Wood construction systems Construction of residential and commercial buildings facing critical factors of cost, time, and environmental impact is leading to increased interest in MRTFC lightweight frame construction and the use of solid or laminated timber and wood construction systems, such as cross laminated timber (CLT), in buildings from single residences to high rise apartments. This also presents an opportunity for pre-fabrication in construction of a broader range of building types than the current primary market of detached dwellings. Pre-fabricated frame manufacturing Efficient operation for pre-fabrication plants producing timber roof truss and wall frames requires a range of manufacturing capabilities including effective equipment and production management. Scheduling and planning in production is critical for an efficient process to handle the array of timber components required in a house frame. The session also will provide examples of pre-fabricated panel system manufacture both in Australia and overseas and discuss how fabricators can get into this market. Reflecting the global influence emerging from many of the new developments in topics to be discussed, the 2012 conference will feature international speakers and panel members including: • Tony Arnel, Global Director Sustainability,

Norman Disney & Young, Chair Green Building Council of Australia, and former Chair World Green Building Council. • Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General, PEFC International, Switzerland • Robert Hooker, Vice President of Software Engineering, MiTek USA • Tony Walls, Senior Product Manager – SAPPHIRE™ Suite, MiTek USA • Rob Malkin, Sales and Industry Director, AEC, Autodesk Asia Pacific • Olle Berg, Senior Vice President - Marketing & Sales, Overseas, Stora Enso Wood Products, Europe • Terry Smith, Technical

Sales Manager, Osmose New Zealand • Al Huber, International Sales Manager – EWP, LP Building Products USA • Philipp Zumbrunnen, Design Director, Eurban / Carbon Eng, UK • Walter Fahrenschon, Chief Executive Officer, Hundegger Machinery, Germany • Johann Betz, JS Betz Consulting, New Zealand • Hansbert Ott, Managing Director, Weinmann Germany. Delegate registration is now available on-line, and for more information visit the website www. (and save $100 with early bird registration before May 21).


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Frame assembly on tabletop.

Prefabricated building – steps and hurdles P

R E -FA BR ICAT E D frame manufacture is just part of a big picture that needs to be explored in more depth by the Australian and New Zealand industry, according to Johann Betz of JS Betz Consulting in New Zealand. As a native European who has spent a lot of time in Germany where prefabricated housing is widely used he is well placed to discuss the highs and lows of this style of building. His presentation at Frame Australia 2012 forms part of the final session of the

event which is on Tuesday 19 June, 2012 and is titled “Prefabrication of timber frame panels (panelisation) and how to get into it”. “In Germany virtually all timber framed buildings are prefabricated,” said Betz. “This means timber framed wall, floor and roof panels are closed one side, in some cases two sides, and preclad in a factory and then assembled quickly on site. This construction method isn’t used here yet.” According to Betz the method has a lot of positives not the least of which is

rapid onsite construction and minimal exposure to the elements until the building is weathertight. This is particularly important where changeable weather will impact on building quality. “In Germany the weather and high labour costs are two reasons for this method,” said Betz. “Another reason is that the building site is usually the worst place if you want to maximise quality, productivity, and safety.” Pre-fabricating panels in a factory environment means quality can be monitored and achieved more easily which

is a plus regardless of which country we’re discussing. “It is the first time this topic will be covered in this part of the world from the viewpoint of the prefabricator,” said Betz. “It’s easy to create interest but the real challenge for the prefabricator is to approach the new construction method systematically and to not have wrong expectations regarding what panelised prefabrication can and can’t do.” Betz said that it was easy to inspire someone with this building approach but what

he wanted to impart most of all to future prefabricators was that a careful and systematic approach when getting into prefabrication was the key to success. There are some pitfalls and hurdles to overcome. As an example some of the common New Zealand and Australian standard details don’t lend themselves to this type of construction. “Is this a barrier? Yes. Fortunately one that can be overcome, but future prefabricators need to be aware of this and work through these issues

when exploring panelised prefabrication,” said Betz. “Apart from the obvious opportunities for the industry, I want to cover some of the critical issues to consider prior to getting into this form of construction.”

Johann Betz.

Is Planet Ark preaching to the converted at Frame Australia?

ON FACE value it would seem an odd recipe at best, Planet Ark speaking to the timber industry about the benefits of using timber but nothing should be taken at face value. Sean O’Malley, research and technical manager for Plant Ark, or has he described himself the Planet Ark technical nerd, is presenting a paper at Frame Australia as part of the first session on the first day of the event. His talk as part of the “Green buildings and carbon” session is one of three for the session which investigates sustainable construction with a reduced environmental impact. Many people would be aware of the current TV campaign promoting the benefits of wood; it is going to air under the new Planet Ark Environmental Edge brand and highlights the fact that wood stores carbon making it environmentally friendly.

Planet Ark's Environmental Edge is a series of information-based TV advertisements designed to increase understanding among consumers of the environmental benefits of the featured products and services one of which is wood. So does that mean that Planet Ark is preaching to the converted by speaking at Frame Australia? Absolutely not, the organisation wants to work with the timber industry to promote the use of timber to all Australians and its focus is to tell the industry what Planet Ark is doing and plans to do. And the plans extend well past just an advertisement on prime time television. Planet Ark has already joined forces with Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) in the “Wood. Naturally Better” campaign designed to educate the general public about the benefits to the environment of using wood and wood products.

What can be confusing is that Planet Ark’s own campaign is called “Make it Wood – Do Your World Some Good” and it has very similar aims namely to increase the use of certified responsibly sourced wood as a building material. Both campaigns are running simultaneously. According to O’Malley the general public is not really aware of the benefits of using wood other than the obvious ones of form and function; it’s the storage of carbon that most people don’t understand. Up to 50 per cent of wood's dry weight is made up of carbon but a recent survey by FWPA showed that while 93 per cent of people understood that trees absorb carbon only 39 per cent realised it remained locked in the wood for the life of the product. Planet Ark is keen to promote the use of wood over other construction materials such as concrete and steel as it also features

other environmental benefits. As an example its production and processing uses less energy than other building materials giving wood products a lower carbon footprint. If sourced responsibly wood is renewable and also more easily re-used than many other building materials. Naturally, the organisation is only promoting the use of certified timber from sustainable sources where trees are responsibly harvested and bear certification by schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). How this all ties together and becomes relevant is that if the timber industry understands how a very well received organisation such as Planet Ark is promoting timber, it can ride on its shirt tails and increase the use of timber in all types of buildings. Planet Ark is opening the wooden door to more opportunities.


TIMBERMAN, May 2012 – 10

New products on show at Frame Australia P

RYDA, MAJOR sponsor of Frame Australia 2012, will display and discuss a number of its new products on its stand during the event. One of these products is a new top mounted beam hanger, called the BBT125240, that complies with West Australian building practices. The beam hanger aids in the connection of large sized strutting beams placed at angles up to 60 degrees from the perpendicular. Now, builders and designers only need to use one hanger for multiple applications and it is suitable for a large range of beam sizes and connecting angles or splays. The Pryda top mounted beam hanger also provides superior uplift resistance when compared with more conventional fixings and is a more economical method of forming these connections. Another new product to feature on the stand will be the Pryda 90mm batten strap that caters for both 70mm and 90mm timber. These straps are factory bent to suit both batten sizes and have in-built sharp Claw nails for better penetration of soft and hard woods and are made of G300-Z275 compliant steel. A much larger product from Pryda, unlikely to be on the stand, is the company’s prefabricated timber pods. These sophisticated pods are manufactured in the factory for use as second storey constructions on homes and other buildings. Developed by Pryda and West Australian fabricators WA Spantruss these pods can be transported by truck and erected onsite by crane. So far Perth project home builder 101 Residential has used 30 of these pods on their display homes with another 60 in the pipeline. Dave Lewis of WA Spantruss said the biggest advantage of the new Pods was the significant cost reduction and weeks it saved in construction time – particularly as no scaffolding is required to erect them. Pod installation takes no more than a couple of hours. Pryda Market Development Engineer Bernard Kennelly said in Western Australia most houses were built from double brick so for two storeys, stronger and heavier footings and bricks were needed. “The new and lighter Pods dispense with the need for these extra precautions,” he said. “The Pods used Pryda Longreach for the second storey floor trusses, which also act as the ceiling joists for the first floor and Pryda prefabricated roof trusses and timber wall frames.” EPS wall sheeting, windows, gutters, fascias, eaves, roof battens, linings and insulation are all installed in the factory.

 F rame Aust Pryda batten strap.

Frame Aust Pryda Beam Hanger.

Frame Australia 2012 display exhibitors MAIN DISPLAY AREA – BALLROOM FOYER •

Arch Wood Protection • Buildsoft • Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts • Databuild • Estim8 • Homag Australia • Hundegger • Hyne Timber

LP Building Products • MiTek Australia • Multinail Australia • Platinum Global • Pryda Australia • Stora Enso Australia • Tecbuild Systems • WoodSolutions


AFPA - Australian Forest Products Association • AFS - Australian Forestry Standard • EWPAA - Engineered Wood Products Association Aust • FTMAA - Frame & Truss Manufacturers Association Aust

MBAV - Master Builders Association Vic • TMAV - Timber Merchants Association Vic • TPAA - Timber Preservers Association Aust


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Frame Australia goes global T

HE NUMBER of global topics and subject coverage by keynote speakers at Frame Australia 2012 is the largest in its 14-year history, according to conference organiser Kevin Ezard. To be held at Park Hyatt Melbourne on June 18 and 19, the conference and exhibition opens with a session on ‘Green buildings and carbon’, and includes a presentation by Tony Arnel, Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia and former Chair of the World Green Building Council. “His topic will cover the impact of green star ratings on building design and the likely effects of carbon pricing on commercial and residential buildings of the future,” Kevin said. “It also will examine the changing influence on designers and

builders to accept timber and wood construction systems in order to achieve sustainable design requirements in buildings.” The opening session will include an update on multistorey apartment and freestanding residential projects using wood construction systems currently planned for Melbourne CBD and suburban property developments. The presenter is David Waldron, National Executive Design Manager for the Grocon Group, which has developed a world class reputation for the construction of tall, landmark buildings – and more recently is pioneering the incorporation of innovative and sustainable concepts using wood construction systems in preference to traditional concrete and steel structures.

David will cover the advent of a carbon constrained economy where the construction sector will look to low carbon technologies for future buildings, and the use of timber frames and cross laminated timber for buildings which will benefit from application of the lessons learned in Europe for this type of construction. Another session on this topic, entitled ‘Wood construction systems’, will be presented by Design Director of Eurban/Carbon Eng in the UK, Philipp Zumbrunnen, who will cover laminated timber products for engineered wood buildings. Carbon Eng is an engineering design and project management consultancy specialising in high performance, low impact structures

through designs based on knowledge of embodied and expended carbon in the built environment. Philipp will present a selection of its recent projects using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and other laminated timber products in the UK, along with the reasons for the consultancy’s market success using CLT as an alternative building system to conventional construction materials – and how this approach can be successful in other markets such as Australia. Olle Berg, Senior Vice President - Marketing & Sales Overseas for Stora Enso Wood Products in Europe, will present a global view on ‘Engineered wood and structural timber’, where he will examine the shortterm global market demand outlook, and then discuss

the projected long-term market prognosis with the emergence of new bio-base businesses and higher shares from urban construction. Olle also will discuss current trends in the global supply of structural timber and other wood products for building construction worldwide, including developments in CLT use throughout Europe. This year’s Frame Australia 2012 has a different format to previous conferences with each day comprising three topic sessions and concluding with concurrent discussion forums on each of the three topics. Presentations in each topic session will only allow a minimum time for questions, and speakers will then be available for over an hour at the discussion forums to

respond to either written or verbal questions from delegates. The discussion forums will also feature expert panel members, to add additional topic knowledge and input for delegate responses and the audience discussion. Frame Australia has become the major national event for engineered timber and building pre-fabrication and this year over 300 delegates are expected to attend the two-day event. It provides a unique biannual opportunity for the assembly of business owners, senior management and key staff from a broad spectrum of interests in the wood products and housing construction industries.

This year’s Frame Australia conference is flooded with MiTek staff from Australia and overseas, not surprisingly since the company has been working for more than 10 years on developing a software solution to tie together the

building chain starting from the architect to the fabricator right through to following trades if need be. This is a complete collaboration story that puts MiTek fabricators at the forefront of technology, some of which will not be

revealed until the Frame Australia event. Since this “Sapphire” whole house software is due to be launched in the second half of 2012 MiTek is anxious to spread the word and arouse interest. So far we’ve not been told

much about the software but after speaking with Richard Moulton, National Software Support Manager, MiTek Australia we have a few more insights. Richard will be one of several MiTek speakers at Frame Australia and in the

same session as MiTek’s Rob Hooker, Vice President of software engineering in the US and Stephen Fray, executive chairman for MiTek Asia Pacific & Africa. The overall session is titled “Design and manufacturing software” and is the second session on the first day of the conference. Richard’s 20 minute presentation is titled “The impact of ‘real whole house’ design software on the prefabrication industry” and he wants to impart a bit of information as well as reassurance to the industry that this is what they’ve all been waiting for. “Everybody we show the software can’t wait to get it,” said Richard. Real whole house design software will revolutionise the business according to Richard as it will allow architects to provide fabricators with their design in a way that allows them to take it apart, examine it and make any changes they feel are warranted. It provides real interaction between building designers using CAD programs such as AutoCAD Architecture and Revit while helping productivity in estimating and detailing to improve

the end result from both a financial and structural standpoint. The software will change the way designers, suppliers and builders work by allowing them to collaborate much more effectively through a software program that has validated the complete fabricated design. During his talk Richard will provide background information regarding prefabrication software and how it evolved and what this new software will mean to the timber truss and frame industry as well as others in the design and supply chain. Previously MiTek has offered, and continues to offer, the industry a tightly integrated system for frame, truss and floor prefabrication but “Sapphire” will take it to a whole new level. Of course making changes will affect the whole design process and MiTek Fabricators will be at the forefront of leveraging this new functionality. As principle sponsor of the Frame Australia event, MiTek will take the opportunity to conduct demonstrations of this significant new industry software throughout the event.

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TIMBERMAN, May 2012 – 12

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t Frame Australia Homag will be placing particular emphasis on its new solid timber (CLT) processing machine, the Weinnman WMP 240 which is used in the fully automated processing of solid timber panels. Dimensions and processing details created with a CAD program can be transferred directly to the WMP 240 and the range of processes include routing, drilling and sawing. The 240 comes with a swivelling Flex 35 sawing unit with a suction hood, a 5-axis main spindle and an 18-fold tool holder with an automatic tool changing system.

An article published in Germany on a pilot project to build multi-story residential buildings from timber shows what these machines can help the industry to do, and also how much they will be needed for tomorrow’s projects. The German project in the town of Bad Aibling was a four-storey apartment block with the goal to develop a construction system that would make it economical to create buildings of up to eight storeys high using timber as the main construction material. As part of the project’s parameters the features of the building were to include the

use of solid timber ceilings and walls, a self-bracing timber construction without concrete components, timber balconies and a timber elevator shaft. The elevator shaft was made from cross-laminated timber and delivered as a prefabricated component while the balconies, made from pressure-impregnated painted veneer laminated timber, were fastened to the external walls without supports. The four storeys of the building were completed including facades and windows within four days making the onsite time very short. The wall elements were all completely prefabricated.


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TIMBERMAN, May 2012 – 14


Surge of inte E

UROPE AND North America have been hot on it for a while. And now timber is seeing a revival in Australasia, if a huge uptake in licencing for a locally developed timber building innovation is anything to go by. New Zealand-based Australasian research consortium, the Structural Timber Innovation Company (STIC), was overwhelmed with the surge of interest in its EXPAN timber building system at road shows around Australia and New Zealand. The EXPAN post-tensioned laminated veneer lumber (LVL) (or glulam) building system, offers strength, sustainability and superior lateral stability and seismic capabilities. It’s an innovation that’s made it possible to construct long-span, multi-storey timber commercial buildings – for an equivalent cost to steel or concrete. Following the road shows, STIC chief executive Rob Finch has had more than 260 companies across Australasia sign up for the EXPAN design and installation, and fabricators licences. And more are coming on board each week. “People have always loved timber. They love that it’s a natural product, it’s sustainable, with a warmth to it you don’t get with other materials,” Dr Finch says. “Thanks to LVL and glulam technology it can now hold its own against steel and concrete as a viable alternative for commercial buildings. It’s opening up exciting design possibilities as architects realise timber is a real option, it’s not just a nice idea anymore.” There are already seven EXPAN buildings in New Zealand, including Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)’s new Arts and Media Building, and The TUMU ITM Building in Napier. Australia will also soon see its first EXPAN constructions, with a number of commercial buildings in the early design stage. And two EXPAN buildings soon to go up in Christchurch could lead the way for a seismically safer New Zealand. The Christchurch timber buildings – a two-level (6310 m2), and a three-level (1850 m2) - will be hugely significant examples of cutting-edge seismic design, and damage avoidance technology, Dr Finch says. “Commercial property owners, and insurers, are now demanding buildings that are not only safe in a major event, but can be rapidly reoccupied afterwards and therefore minimise business interruption. With a national focus on building safety in the wake of the Canterbury earthquakes, seismic capabilities are certainly top of mind for building owners in New Zealand now.” EXPAN’s post-tensioned engineered system that enables


Sky high and clever design HOUSING SOME of New Zealand’s most historic aircraft called for an exceptional building – a challenge met by clever design using laminated veneer lumber (LVL) technology. Wellington’s Studio Pacific Architecture Ltd was charged with designing The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)’s new Aviation Display Hall in Auckland. Their vision has brought together functionality and form in a building as majestic as the aircraft it will house come September – and LVL, manufactured by STIC shareholder Carter Holt Harvey, has been central in bringing these two elements together. The use of LVL portal frames has allowed column-free display space in the new hall, with its 42 metre span making it the largest clear span portal frame timber structure in New Zealand. Combining this span with a footprint of 2500 square metres and a 15.8 metre height will allow aircraft to be moved within the hall, and safely accommodate

the aircraft tails and wingspan. “LVL also brings a warmth and grace to the interior,” says Architect Marcellus Lilley, “This is what a natural, longlasting material brings to the overall look.” “Using LVL has been fundamentally important to how we present the building, and means we didn’t have to spend money in other areas to try and generate another aesthetic to work with.” Working with timber has also allowed for flexibility in future planning, as internal framing can be fixed directly and easily to the LVL. Despite its size, LVL technology enabled the MOTAT structure to go up in just 40 days. Project Manager for NZ Strong Construction Stephen Clarke, says the prefabricated LVL saved valuable time and space on site, and was quicker to fix secondary structures and services to than steel. “The prefabrication also kept building costs down through avoiding

excess labour, and eliminating onsite wastage of materials.” Sustainable design was integral to the approach of the project. Sited on a closed landfill – essentially, recycled land, an independent analysis also showed that the LVL structure had less impact on the environment than a steel option. MOTAT Museum Director, Jeremy Hubbard said they are committed to ensuring that the historic planes have space to be displayed properly in all their glory. “The Display Hall will be a fantastic attraction for both local and international visitors where they will be able to learn about New Zealand’s aviation history and the stories associated with our magnificent aircraft collection, housed in a world class structure. “We have created something that will last well into the future and will keep generations of Kiwis coming back to MOTAT to learn all about New Zealand’s aviation history,” he said.

 N elson Marlborough Institute of Technology.


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erest in new timber building system

 S TIC chief executive Rob Finch.

  Andrew Dunn,

EXPAN’s representative in Australia.

a building to rock when subjected to lateral loads under earthquake force is also of interest to the Australian market looking to build to resist natural hazards such as high winds. Dr Finch says there’s a strong correlation between the interest they’ve seen from licensees, and global building industry trends. Timber is certainly riding the wave of the global movement to build green. “Sustainability and a lowered environmental footprint are the main drivers behind the renaissance of timber in Europe. And we’re getting there in Australia and New Zealand, as building owners and designers progressively realise that engineered timber provides a technically and commercially viable building with a low carbon footprint.” Andrew Dunn, EXPAN’s representative in Australia, says it’s an exciting time for timber building technology on this side of the Tasman as well. “Now, design professionals have a range of revolutionary timber technologies available to them that meet building demands of function, form and viability. These innovations present great opportunities for anyone interested in leading building design, and we’re looking forward to seeing some inspiring visions come to life as the first EXPAN buildings go up in Australia in coming months.”

 N elson Marlborough Institute of Technology.



TIMBERMAN, May 2012 – 16

CLT manufacture begins in New Zealand S

INCE XLAM NZ Ltd announced last year its intention to manufacture CLT panels in New Zealand they’ve been inundated with project-specific enquiries on when product would be available. In

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at the planning stage. Central to XLam’s manufacturing process is the European vacuum press, recently installed and commissioned by the European manufacturer alongside technicians from machinery supplier W & R Jack Ltd, and XLam staff. The first panel pressing was keenly watched over by a team of structural engineers and architects interested in specifying CLT in buildings that are now on their drawing boards. Given CLT’s proven earthquake performance, interest in the product is particularly high in the South Island of New Zealand, following the series of devastating earthquakes that have hit the Canterbury region over the past 18 months. Since the first panel, further pilot panels have been successfully made, and orders

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are now being taken for the first XLam customers. Initially XLam’s panels will be manufactured up to 7 x 3.45m in size. With the planned addition of a CNC bridge later this year, capacity will expand to fully utilise the capabilities of the bridge in precision machining of panel lengths up to 15m. Last year XLam commissioned leading specialist timber engineers to provide design data on performance characteristics of CLT related to specific project use. This information will be included in an XLam Design Manual which is now in preparation.  Meanwhile, XLam NZ is providing design information to consultants and customers on request – enabling them to specify CLT panels in New Zealand via the ‘Alternative Solutions’ pathway through the Building Code.

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OLUMBIA FALLS could soon be home to a high-tech timber-product manufacturing plant, according to Western Building Centre general manager Doug Shanks. The company hopes to have the new plant up and running by July, producing prefabricated, crosslaminated wood panels up to 3.3 metres wide and 12.1 metres long. The panels will be pre-cut to match architectural drawings so they can be quickly assembled at a job site for residential or commercial buildings. An example of this advanced wood-processing industry is the two-story Sawbuck Do Jang martial arts studio completed in Whitefish last year. Panels for that project arrived in shipping containers from Europe and were pre-cut and pre-assembled at the industrial park north of Columbia Falls. The 465m 2 building went up in five days, according to Pete Kobelt, who studied Europe’s advanced wood-processing industry and founded Innovative Timber Systems, also known as Smartwoods. Kobelt says the panels go up faster and produce less waste on site, provide good insulation and thermal mass, burn slowly in a fire, provide acoustic protection, and have additional structural capacity so they can replace concrete and steel. “They’ve built seven-storey buildings with these panels in Europe,” Shanks said. “And the Japanese are experimenting with it.” Smartwoods built a home in Vancouver, B.C., and a tower for a church in North Carolina using the high-tech panels, Kobelt said. But those panels

came from Europe, and his hope has been to see a manufacturing plant in the Flathead. Western Building Centre has stepped up to the plate and plans to install a panel-manufacturing line in its building where a line currently produces roof and floor trusses. Shanks said WBC has ordered the equipment, which is being assembled by a company in Frankfurt, Germany. WBC representatives will travel to Germany to inspect the equipment in mid-April. If all goes well, the equipment will be in Columbia Falls by June for installation. The crucial piece of equipment is a large hydraulic press capable of squeezing together 2-by-4s, 2-by-6s or even 2-by-8s into glued crosslaminated panels up to 3.3m wide and 12.1m long. A beam saw with a large circular blade will be used to cut the panels to size or for window and door openings. Like the truss-assembling equipment currently in the building, which has been operating since June 2008, the new equipment will be operated with numerical controls, Shanks said. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co. and Plum Creek Timber have indicated they can initially supply material for the panels, Shanks said. The 2-by material can be of different lengths, with bad sections cut out and then finger-jointed and planed into 12.1m lengths ready for laminating. Shanks said two shifts with five to seven workers could be employed in the first phase. If all works out, the company plans to buy a second press and hire more workers. Source: Hungry Horse News – Richard Hanners.

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New product seen as a major breakthrough

COLUMBIA FOREST Products, America's largest maker of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer products, has introduced PureBond Classic Core panels. The panels are manufactured using voidless engineered MDF crossbands in combination with a veneer inner ply construction for superior product integrity, performance and longevity. The design of PureBond Classic Core panels delivers a surface quality that is comparable to composite core substrates, while also providing the lighter weight and increased strength of veneer core. Since PureBond Classic Core panels are manufactured using no added urea formaldehyde, they are CARB Phase 2-compliant and also may contribute to LEED IEQ 4.4 credits. PureBond Classic Core panels are ideal for all high-profile applications such as furniture, cabinetry and fixtures, and enable fabricators to offer finished goods that are highly distinctive in design and quality. According to Todd Vogelsinger, Columbia Forest Products' director of marketing, the company's transition to PureBond Classic Core panels is now complete across all product offerings. "We began the transition in June 2011 with our 4x8 panels. Later that summer, we added 4x6 and 4x10 panels, and in the final phase brought our Classic Lam product line on-stream," he said. The Classic Core product announcement is part of Columbia Forest Products' continuing commitment to introduce quality building products that also promote healthy indoor air quality. The company's proprietary PureBond technology represents a major breakthrough in formaldehydefree building products. Established in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is North America's largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer panels. An employee-owned company, it operates facilities throughout the United States and Canada. It is a leader in sustainable forestry, as well as in developing innovative and environmentally friendly technologies and products for healthy indoor living.


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New product range release follows intensive research O

NE OF Australia’s largest timber wholesalers and importers and Australia’s foremost supplier of Smartframe, Tilling Timber, has introduced a new product range for 2012. Managing director of Tilling Timber, Glenn Tilling said the new products had

been 50 years in the making and were the culmination of the company’s experience in Australian timber since Norm and Judy Tilling founded the company in 1963. Bushfires are a huge risk in the Australian landscape and Tilling Timber has been afflicted by fire on two

separate occasions. The first of its three new products sprang from a desire to help rebuild bushfire affected communities. The solution is to impregnate LVL with a fire retarding substance. Tilling Timber’s new product, SmartLVL FR Saferwood, has been tested and approved

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as fire resistant LVL. “Over two years of research and development was invested into the product’s commercialisation, supported by the generosity of the JW Gottstein Memorial fellowship,” Glenn said. The SmartLVL FR Saferwood is suitable for construction in bushfire prone areas up to and including BAL 29 categorisation. Unfortunately, bushfires are not the only risk to Australians and their homes. A big part of Australia is at risk from cyclones, and wind resistance is a key factor in timber frame construction. The second of Tilling’s new products, SmartBrace, has been designed to help a structure to withstand horizontal racking forces in high wind zones. “SmartBrace uses synthetic resins to bond fibres which are randomly rearranged, and redistributed, producing high quality bracing panels,” Glenn said. The SmartBrace bracing products resist atmospheric conditions, are environmentally friendly reconstituted timber from forest refuse, and are tested at the University of Technology Sydney and Monash University. As well as wind and fire, water is an element known to be a natural enemy of timber, and the third product in Tilling’s new range is designed to cope with moisture. H2O Shield was driven by market concerns of dimension changes in laminated veneer lumber, particularly in parts of

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Australia like Queensland, where rainfall and humidity are high. H2O Shield is treated with a water resistant coating which allows for painting and gluing, previously not possible with wax-based coatings. All SmartLVL products marketed by Tilling Timber enjoy full product certification by SAI-Global, an instantly recognisable Australian JAS-ANZ accredited product certification body. This JASANZ accredited certification gives SmartLVL users complete confidence that all aspects of its manufacture and performance are in compliance with relevant Australian standards. Glenn said that H2O shield, when applied to SmartLVL 15 with its H2S glueline termite treatment, JAS-ANZ accredited product certification and 100% Chain of Custody status as standard, “results in the most acclaimed and technically

advanced product on the market today”. The Chain of Custody refers to the chronological documentation of timber from start to finish, ensuring the value of certified timber from primary production to the end user. All products in Tilling’s new range are Chain of Custody certified. “Tilling recognises the need to support the sustainable and responsible distribution of timber products,” Glenn said, “and is dedicated to delivering on its commitment to Chain of Custody certification. “The lessons learned from natural disasters have resulted in Tilling’s revolutionary Smart 2012 product range,” Glenn said. With these technologically advanced products, along with the newly released SmartFrame iPhone and Android apps, Glenn feels Tilling Timber is “demonstrating its dedication to building a smarter, safer Australia”.

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“It’s faster to read on paper”


E’VE SEEN studies that show whether you’re an executive or a millennial, people prefer to read on paper, and it’s faster to read on paper,” according to Lewis Fix, Domtar Corporation’s Vice-President of Sustainable Business and Brand Management. “Whether you are learning or sharing important information, there are good reasons to make sure people still read the material on paper.” A Domtar advertisement – part of its award-winning PAPERbecause campaign – was run in Newsweek’s March 19 issue. It showed a boy dressed as a superhero and

reading a comic book, while his mother proudly watches. The message: while entertainment options may have changed, people still enjoy reading on paper. “A lot has changed since the 1960s, but we wanted to use this retro theme to make a serious point,” Fix said. “There are several studies that prove there’s a value in reading on paper that helps people learn and communicate.” Fix highlighted four studies, in particular: • A 2011 survey of “millennials” (people born after 1985) showed that 65% think it’s easier to view or read something on paper. About the same percentage

Upward trend in machinery sales MPB ENGINEERING is starting to see light at the end of the tunnel, according to Aaron Bottomley, who says that compared with last year there is momentum building for his company’s manufacturing expertise. The company is based in Dandenong, Victoria, and employs six people in the design, manufacture and selling of machinery and handling equipment for the timber industry and has been operating for more than 35 years. Custom-made products are designed in-house as the company has its own engineering software programs and engineers but

the company also sources standard machinery from local and overseas suppliers. It appears the trend that Bottomley sees mainly concerns his company’s range of designed and manufactured machinery. “We had more enquiries for new projects this year,” said Bottomley. “There’s more in the pipeline. Last year was a bad year, we don’t know why.” Not all of last year was bad as MPB began to see signs of improvement in the last half with companies starting to approach them for quotations and information on machinery though it took until the beginning of 2012

before the orders started to come in. “We had more requests for handling equipment recently,” said Bottomley, who also said the requests for quotations have ranged from $50,000 items through to those worth around $200,000. “We have also done one for $1 million, which doesn’t happen very often,” he said. If that project came through the company would be need six months to fulfil the order. Recent orders have been machinery for dry milling, redocking timber and floor joist automation equipment, with a couple in the pipeline for handling equipment.

“We need a bit of attitude and personality” NEW ZEALAND'S forestry and wood industry needs to better communicate its products and their capabilities - starting with getting the message out to the construction sector. NZ Wood chief executive Jane Arnott told the Bay of Connections Forest and Wood Action Group in Rotorua on Monday that the sector had good stories to tell and it was time to start telling them and raising the industry's profile.

"We have got to communicate. We need to have a bit of attitude and personality.” NZ Wood was set up by the Wood Council of New Zealand to promote forest and wood resources. Arnott has been at the helm for six months and is keen for the industry to pass stories to her to build up the brand. Arnott wants the industry to be more approachable and said it was also important to encourage stronger connections within the industry.

of senior executives agree, according to a 2007 study. It showed that 59% trust printed material more than online sources, and that 60% prefer printed information when they need to do an in-depth analysis. • A 2009 study revealed that 64% of workers prefer ink on paper rather than a screen when it comes to reading.  The rate was even higher (70%) among employees of technology companies.   Further research, conducted at Wayne State University, found that reading on paper is actually 10% to 30% faster than reading online, partly because it

is easier to track where you are on the page.    Domtar designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide variety of fibre-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and adult incontinence products. The foundation of its business is a network of world class wood fibre converting assets that produce papergrade, fluff and specialty pulps. The majority of its pulp production is consumed internally to manufacture paper and consumer products. Domtar is the largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America.

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Wooden sculpture competition a resounding success A

S T R I K I N G modern wooden sculpture entitled “Spinal Whorl II” has been named the winner of “Transformations”, ForestrySA’s Wood Sculpture Competition 2012. The competition and its accompanying exhibition sought to showcase contemporary art practices that employed wood as the dominant medium. Jeanette Rein from Western Australia received $10,000 in prize money from ForestrySA in an evening presentation at the Riddoch

Art Gallery recently. The competition received a large selection of entries from across Australia, but Spinal Whorl II was judged the best sculpture out of the 23 shortlisted pieces. Queensland artist and educator Stephen Newton judged the awards and saw this sculpture as a highly refined and meticulous carved work. “It looks like it exists deep underwater or in zero gravity. It is all evolving with no front, back, top or bottom,” he said. Other winners were Millicent’s Deon Howell,

with his work “Emerge” in the Local Regional Artist Award which was sponsored by the City of Mount Gambier. The Sustainability Prize for a sculpture made from recycled and/or plantation forest was awarded to Tasmanian Ian Munday for his work entitled “The Halcyon Days”. ForestrySA’s chief executive Islay Robertson said that ForestrySA was pleased to once again have been the principal sponsor of the event as wood needs allies in this day and age.

 Jeanette Rein from Western Australia received $10,000 in prize money.

“Wood needs artists, individuals, organisations and Governments to promote its virtues and to demand more of it in their lives.” There is one final award to be presented by way of the Mount Gambier Timber Industries Club - People's Choice Award. The winner of this category will be decided by public ballot and will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibition. The ForestrySA Wood Sculpture Exhibition is open to the public at the Riddoch Art Gallery until 10 June.

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 Lucia Pickler, Islay Robertson, Jeanette Rein, Deon Howell and Byron Harefield.


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initiative designed to bring a broad range of interested people together in a one-day seminar and hands-on workshops. The event will explore strategies to increase the awareness and uptake of certification and identify impediments to its adoption. A diverse program includes speakers from market and attitudinal researchers, Wesfarmers (Bunnings/Officeworks), Kimberley Clark Australia, Woolworths (Masters), certifying bodies (Forest Stewardship Council and Australian Forestry Standard), academia and the forest and wood products industries. Presented by Planet Ark’s Make It Wood campaign, the program is designed to be of value to the whole supply chain, including: producers and importers, manufacturers and converters, wholesalers and retailers, private and government sustainability and purchasing, NGOs and other interested bodies.


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Contractors send strong signal on timber choice

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THE UK Contractors Group (UKCG) has agreed a new statement on timber procurement and given a major boost to sustainable timber sourcing and supply for the UK construction industry. All timber products purchased for either temporary or permanent use on UKCG member sites will be certified as legally and sustainably

sourced, as defined by the UK Government’s Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET). CPET currently approves two certification schemes as providing evidence of legal and sustainable sourcing – FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). PEFC acts

as an umbrella organisation recognising over 30 national schemes, including the North American Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the Malaysian Timber Council System (MTCS) scheme. These are now all acceptable with the appropriate chain of custody documentation for UKCG use.


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Housing industry calls for urgent tax reform T

HE RESIDENTIAL building industry is being weighed down by excessive and inefficient taxation, according to independent research released by the Housing Industry Association (HIA), the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. “In some States the total tax bill amounts to over 40% of the final price of a new home,” said HIA managing director Shane Goodwin. “Taxes on new housing are a brake on economic activity, and represent a constraint on housing affordability and labour productivity.” The report by the Centre for International Economics (CIE), commissioned by the HIA, finds that new housing is the second most heavily taxed of Australia’s largest

sectors, being those valued over $10 billion. A majority of the taxes are inefficient, with stamp duty clearly demonstrated to be one of the biggest offenders. “Stamp duty is particularly inefficient, but it is not alone as an excessive and inefficient tax, which acts as a disincentive to one of the fundamental tenets of Australian life – the provision of shelter. “We know that the reality is that the States and Territories have to fund the services they deliver, and that the community will eventually have to pay somehow. “What we are saying is that it should be through an efficient and broad-based means which doesn’t unduly penalise the residential

FTMA Australia National Awards THE FTMA Australia National Awards are the pinnacle in awards for the Australian frame and truss industry and the field of entries in 2012 will make judging a difficult task indeed. The awards provide members with an opportunity to have their business audited by independent judges against a set criterion and receive a detailed report identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement. In the past the FTMA Australia Awards have recognised the best Small, Medium & Large plants in each State, however, this has changed for 2012 where plants will be judged against the same size plants Australia-wide.  The 2012 FTMA Australia National Awards categories include: • Best National Small, Medium and Large Frame and Truss Plant • Best Overall National Frame and  Truss Plant • Innovation Award • Supplier of the Year • Healthcare Insurance OHS Award for Small, Medium & Large Fabricators • ForestWorks National Training Award • WoodSolutions Innovative Design Award for Frame and Truss Fabrication • Recognition of Employees years of service Award winners will be announced at the prestigious FTMA Australia National Awards Dinner on 16 June at the Park Hyatt Ballroom in Melbourne


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building sector. “Housing is a staple of life, and without adequate and affordable housing it is impossible for many in the community to contribute economically and socially to their full potential. “It is therefore incumbent on the Commonwealth to lead the process of reforming the myriad of state, local, and federal government taxes on new housing,” he said. “HIA reiterates the position put forward in its 2012/13 pre-budget submission that in the current fiscal circumstances the Commonwealth should abandon its ‘surplus at all costs’ mentality and make sensible and sustainable investments in the future of the economy.

“Reforming inefficient taxation on housing is an investment guaranteed to pay a dividend,” he said. Key facts from ‘taxation of the housing sector’ New home buyers risk being taxed out of the housing market • Taxation on a new house and land package in Sydney is estimated to be up to 44% of the purchase price. For Melbourne the amount of tax is up to 38% and for Brisbane, taxation on a house and land package can be up to 36% of the purchase price. • New housing pays more than its fair share in Government taxes and charges

• The average tax burden on the residential building sector is estimated at around 31% of the value of output. This compares with an economy-wide average of 24.4%. • New housing accounts for around 1.2% of value added in the economy but contributes 2.8% of government taxation revenues. • Governments are too reliant on the family home for income • The taxation of housing contributes almost $40 billion to revenue, which equates to 11.3% of total local, State and Commonwealth Government revenue. This makes housing, in absolute terms, the

 S hane Goodwin, HIA.

second largest contributor of tax to Australian Governments. • Among Australia’s largest industrial sectors (those sectors with a value added of more than $10 billion), the residential building sector is the second most heavily taxed in relative terms. • HIA managing director Shane Goodwin … “Taxes on new housing are a brake on economic activity”.

Ease of access to latest products T I M B E C K , AUSTRALIA’S Western Red Cedar specialist, has just completed the installation of its new products display stand at the T.M.A Building Display Centre, 180 Whitehorse Road, Blackburn. On show is a representative range of TIMBECK’s Western Red Cedar products and also some produced from Tasmanian Oak. Featured also are two Cedar products from TIMBECK’s new Impression Series.

TIMBECK is a privately owned, family run Australian company that has been a supplier of high quality Western Red Cedar cladding into the construction, remodelling and building renovation market for over 30 years. It is now Australia’s largest importer and producer of Cedar machined profiles, including the TIMBECK range of panelling, cladding, weatherboards and mouldings, together with shutter, blind and joinery components. In addition,

specially machined items are produced for the garage door, sauna, spa and boat building markets. It also stocks an extensive range of dry sawn Cedar for prompt supply to joiners and other timber industry participants. The company was incorporated in 1967 as Oregon Sales Pty Ltd. From humble beginnings it became one of the market leaders in the importation and manufacture of Oregon timbers for supply to formwork and general construction companies in

Australia throughout the 80s and 90s. In the mid 90s, the company shifted its focus to the development of Western Red Cedar as its primary timber specie. Rapid market penetration and innovative product development quickly gained Oregon Sales an enviable reputation as a supplier of high quality and economically priced Cedar products. Initially, Oregon was the main-stream focus of the business, but in recent years cedar sales have tended to dominate.


TIMBERMAN, May 2012 – 22


Manufacturers walk fine line By Kersten Gentle Executive Officer FTMA




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USTRALIA MAY have escaped a recession but there is no doubt that things are tough in the housing markets at the moment which, of course, has a huge impact on the frame and truss sector. Some businesses you speak to are cruising along nicely but many are finding times difficult and are faced with the task of reassessing how many people they employ. If businesses think the market is tough, it becomes even tougher when you take in to consideration your obligations under the new Fairwork system which unfortunately, in my opinion, does not take in to consideration enough unstable markets. Now don’t get me wrong, I am no union basher. I am a strong believer in ensuring workers are looked after and do not in any way support mistreatment of workers, but there is a fine line between what is right for the workers and what will keep a company going. FTMA Australia recently completed a fact sheet for members titled “So work’s slowing down...What are my options?” We felt it was important to remind members of the rights and wrongs in relation to laying people off and / or changing their work hours. Gone are the days when you could have a discussion with the crew at a toolbox meeting and have a show of hands. Everything now has to be in writing. Again I am not saying this is a bad thing but when times are tough the pressure builds on everyone including the business owners and sometimes processes are forgotten. Most businesses are great employers and care about their workers and for them it is a tough job telling someone their hours need to be reduced or they are being

laid off. There are, however, ways you need to do things and the most important rule is written communication. Everything needs to be documented, every agreement, every discussion and of course there are rules and obligations for changing employee’s hours or employment status. I encourage FTMA Australia members to ensure they read the FTMA Australia Fact Sheet and if there are nonmembers reading this that require assistance please give me a call on 0418 226 242. Women in Forests & Timber After 12 months holding seminars in most Australian States and receiving feedback from hundreds of women the last Women in Forests & Timber Seminar for the initial study was held in Mount Gambier in conjunction with the magnificent AUSTimber 2012 event. I was privileged yet again to host the event and listening to the feedback from the ladies in attendance was excellent and inspiring. The feedback from all the seminars was unanimous; we need a formal Women in Forest & Timber Network and already more than 100 women have joined the network online and there are many women keen to have localised events throughout the year with one large national gathering a year. Jillian Roscoe of VAFI has been the project secretariat and has done an amazing job coordinating all the meetings and it was therefore fitting that Jillian officially handed the draft report to Jane Calvert, chairperson of Forestworks, at the Mount Gambier gathering. ForestWorks has offered to host the network while the steering group continue to finalise the report and begin to implement some recommendations such as the formal appointment of a national steering committee. So stay tuned for further information or better still if you or someone you know is interested in joining

 T he Mount Gambier Women in Forest & Timber Seminar attracted people from

all over the country who travelled to AUSTimber to join local women to discuss the development of the National Women in Forests & Timber Network.

the Women in Forest & Timber network visit www. where you will find the Women in Forests & Timber network under the About Us section. National awards In tough markets good businesses are able to capitalise on opportunities and ride out the downturn and therefore it is more important than ever to recognise excellence and celebrate success and innovation when times are tough. The FTMA Australia National Awards are the pinnacle in awards for the Frame and Truss industry and the field of entries will make judging a difficult task in deed. The awards provide members with an opportunity to have their business audited by independent judges against a set criterion and receive a detailed report identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement. In the past the FTMA Australia Awards have recognised the best Small, Medium & Large plants in each State, however this has changed for 2012 where plants will be judged against the same size plants Australiawide. The winners of the Awards will be announced at the prestigious FTMA Australia National Awards Dinner on

 L -R: Jane Calvert (Chairperson ForestWorks),

Jillian Roscoe (VAFI Policy & Research Officer), Jane Bartier (Deputy CEO Forestworks) and Kersten Gentle (FTMA).

16 June at the glamorous Park Hyatt Ballroom in Melbourne. The evening will start with the Multinail Pre-Dinner Drinks which is the perfect icebreaker and welcome for guests arriving. The evening is sure to be enjoyable, providing plenty of networking while we celebrate success within the industry. Of course FTMA Australia, with the excellent support of Hyne, provides great dinner entertainment and this year is no exception with ventriloquist extraordinaire Dean Atkinson providing light hearted entertainment during the dinner and to end the night we have two hours of live music by Smokin O’Briens. For further information or to download your registration

for this exciting evening please visit the FTMA Australia website at www.ftmaaustralia. Plenty has been said in this edition of Timberman about the upcoming Frame Australia but I would like to add that this is an outstanding conference and FTMA Australia is proud to be a supporter of Frame Australia and to have been provided the opportunity by Kevin Ezard to provide input in to the program. We look forward to attending this great event and again, even though business is tough it is essential that you continue to learn and Frame Australia will ensure you are kept up to date with the latest and greatest innovation to benefit our industry. Hope to see you there.


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Bill aims to achieve more worker flexibility Brian Beecroft Chief Executive Officer Timber Trade Industrial Association


HERE ARE a number of proposed amendments to the current paid parental leave scheme. In November the Government introduced the Paid Parental Leave and Other Legislation Amendment (Consolidated) Bill 2011. The Bill seeks to create more worker flexibility with the commencement and ending of the time period. The so-called ‘Keeping in Touch’ (KIT) provisions which allow an employee to attend the workplace and perform paid work on a number of occasions during the period of parental leave, will also change. The Bill also will require the employer to specify the employee is receiving parental pay on their pay slip. TTIA will advise members of any specific changes, if and when they occur. Superannuation There is a Bill before Parliament containing a number of changes to the superannuation scheme including: • Increasing compulsory contributions

by 3%, meaning that payments by employers will be phased in over a period of time, however there is still debate occurring regarding the implementation of this aspect of the superannuation changes. • Introduction of MySuper – a new default superannuation product that will offer only the regulated inclusions. The aim is to have these products available from 1 July 2013. • Introduction of Superstream – new guidelines intended to “assist” employers to make the required superannuation contributions. TTIA will keep members informed when there is any further information available. When do i have to report incidents to the safety authority? Workplace Health & Safety Act - Part 3 Incident notification 35 What is a “notifiable incident” In this Act, notifiable incident means: (a) the death of a person, or (b) a serious injury or illness of a person, or (c) a dangerous incident. 36 What is a “serious injury or illness” In this Part, serious injury or illness of a

person means an injury or illness requiring the person to have: (a) i mmediate treatment as an in-patient in a hospital, or (b) immediate treatment for: (i) the amputation of any part of his or her body, or (ii) a serious head injury, or (iii) a serious eye injury, or (iv) a serious burn, or (v)  the separation of his or her skin from an underlying tissue (such as degloving or scalping), or (vi) a spinal injury, or (vii) the loss of a bodily function, or (viii) serious lacerations, or (c) medical treatment within 48 hours of exposure to a substance, and includes any other injury or illness prescribed by the regulations but does not include an illness or injury of a prescribed kind. 37 What is a “dangerous incident” In this Part, a dangerous incident means an incident in relation to a workplace that exposes a worker or any other person to a serious risk to a person’s health or safety emanating from an immediate or imminent exposure to: (a)  a n uncontrolled escape, spillage or leakage of a substance, or

(b) a n uncontrolled implosion, explosion or fire, or (c) a n uncontrolled escape of gas or steam, or (d) a n uncontrolled escape of a pressurised substance, or (e) electric shock, or (f) the fall or release from a height of any plant, substance or thing, or (g)  t he collapse, overturning, failure or malfunction of, or damage to, any plant that is required to be authorised for use in accordance with the regulations, or (h)  t he collapse or partial collapse of a structure, or (i) t he collapse or failure of an excavation or of any shoring supporting an excavation, or (j)  t he inrush of water, mud or gas in workings, in an underground excavation or tunnel, or (k)  t he interruption of the main system of ventilation in an underground excavation or tunnel, or (l)  a ny other event prescribed by the regulations, but does not include an incident of a prescribed kind. If you have any queries with regard to the above articles, please contact the TTIA office on (02) 9264 0011.

TABMA reaching out to more and more members By Colin Fitzpatrick Chief Executive Officer Timber & Building Materials Association (Aust.) Ltd AS A result of expansion it is with pleasure we announce the appointment of Michael Vink to the role of Field Officer NSW and Lauren Johns to the role of Administration Officer South Australia. Michael has had considerable experience with HIA as a Business Administration Manager while Lauren was a Supervisor with Woolworths. Motor vehicles We are pleased to advise that TABMA has entered into an arrangement with National Fleet Australia which enables members and their families to purchase vehicles, both commercial and private, at heavily discounted rates. Competitive financing and insurance is also available. Full details of the scheme will be forwarded to TABMA members. In the meantime, further information can be obtained from Steve Cunningham at Chain of Custody Enquiries on obtaining CoC certification have been rolling in at an increased rate, from TABMA members and non members across Australia. TABMA has an exclusive arrangement with Scientific Certification Systems to provide members with CoC certification through a very simple process and

at minimal cost. Anybody interested should contact me at Knowledge Tree Series TABMA is the sponsor of two Knowledge Tree Series events in Brisbane and Adelaide. These events are an introduction to Green Star and CoC certification. The Brisbane event was held on April 19 with speakers being Natalie Reynolds – Acting CEO FSC Australia; Joshua Bruce – Sustainability Manager, ISIS; Nick Capobianco – Senior Lead Auditor, Scientific Certification Systems. Invitations to the Adelaide event, which will be held on May 22, will be sent late April with full details and the location. Hudsons Building Supplies We are delighted to announce that Hudsons Building Supplies have made the decision to rejoin TABMA. Hudson’s membership lapsed after the takeover by Crane Group Limited and Fletcher Building, but after discussions with TABMA management, recently-appointed General Manager Bryn Harrison took the decision TABMA membership was invaluable and rejoined the association. Blacktown Timber After meetings with Chris Taylor, the decision was made by Blacktown Timber to also rejoin TABMA after a lapse of some years. We are very excited to have Blacktown Timber back in the fold and we look forward to working

closely with Chris and his proactive team over the coming months. TABMA South Australia During March, the writer and TABMA SA Manager, Jason Howse, took the journey to Mt Gambier, the forestry capital of SA. Meetings were held with all the major players in the town and relationships established. TABMA SA has been a major agitator in the losing fight of the sell off of SA forests and has worked closely with major industry groups.

TABMA Queensland Also in March, the writer and TABMA QLD Manager, Alicia Oelkers, spent three days calling on existing and prospective members in the Northern Rivers of NSW. This was a most productive exercise leading to new membership applications and the opportunity to place apprentices and trainees. Building Trade Credit TABMA’s credit information bureau, Building Trade Credit (BTC), is on a

membership drive. BTC’s Manager, John Theoharris, felt the timing was appropriate following the collapses of Cosmopolitan Constructions Pty Ltd and Westminster Homes Pty Ltd. John is currently speaking with a wide range of suppliers to the building and construction industry and is generating a lot of interest in the BTC product. As part of the membership drive, BTC has formed a strategic alliance with the Australian Institute of Credit Managers (AICM). BTC has been invited by AICM to submit

an editorial for its coming issue of Credit Management in Australia. Further information on BTC can be obtained by contacting John Theoharris at john@tabma. TMA We have been advised that Peter Roberts from TMA has been experiencing some health problems. We at TABMA wish Peter a speedy recovery and hope to see his cheerful face around the industry again in the very near future.


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Wood treatment trends and issues highlighted I

T’S BEEN three years since the last independent technology update for wood treatment operations ran in Australasia. Technical committees in Australia have met on standards issues. A number of the major suppliers of wood preservatives have run infrequent gatherings since 2009 for their customers. “The industry is telling us that a technology update is well overdue,” says Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) director Brent Apthorp. “With wood preservation, probably even more so than for other parts of the timber industry, the plan for the Wood Preservation 2012 series is to provide a practical independent forum that will appeal to a wide cross section of those involved in wood treatment. This is quite a different format than setting up a meeting to profile specific products or services from any one of the chemical suppliers.” More than 200 delegates participated in the FIEA Wood Preservation technology series in 2009. This year, the program has been designed with input from most leading wood producers, on both sides of the Tasman, technology providers from throughout the world, R&D staff and key industry associations. “It’s important that we get each of the key industry associations involved in a technology update like this and we’re delighted that we have the backing for this latest series from the Australian Forest Products Association, the Timber Preservers Association of Australia, Forest & Wood Products Association and from New Zealand, the Wood Processors Association of NZ and the Pine Manufacturers Association,” said Apthorp. For product innovations, treatment formulations and processes, each of the major suppliers to the industry have been allocated only a short space of time within Wood Preservation 2012 to profile what’s new and what hasn’t already been discussed with their technical and sales staff while they’re out on the road. The principle focus for the two-day event though is on international developments in wood treatment, innovations and some of the latest trends coming out of Europe, North America and Australasia that will potentially have a major impact on the future operation of local wood treatment operations. Both

a North American and Norwegian specialist will be presenting at this years’ Wood Preservation 2012 series. For emerging preservative formulations and wood treatment R&D, a summary of key findings from the International Research

permethrin and/or bifenthrin in H2F treated pine. For those attending the Australian event this year, the organisers in conjunction with local industry have also added a bonus to the two-day program. The 2012 Harvey Norman State of Origin Rugby League

Some of the latest trends coming out of Europe, North America and Australasia Group that met 6-10 May in Malaysia will be given in addition to look into new and emerging global wood treatment technologies from Rich Ziobro, Osmose’s USA based R&D Manager. Within the emerging industry issues session of the program, practical case studies of wood products companies that have adopted new manufacturing processes for wood plastic composites and wood modification will be given. One of Australasia’s largest recyclers of plastic into plastic wood and a New Zealand company that’s been using a heat treatment process developed in Finland - to modify NZ Radiata pine at temperatures of up to 230 degrees Celsius - will present in both Australia and New Zealand. “The production of alternate wood products is an option for local wood treatment operations. They’re relatively low capital, flexible and highly automated manufacturing operations that can complement other traditional wood treatment and processing operations,” according to Apthorp. Other emerging issues for Australasia being addressed as part of the Wood Preservation 2012 series is the disposal of treated wood, the recycling and disposal of H2F treated timber offcuts from frame and truss manufacturing operations and recent changes and amendments to building and wood treatment standards and what they mean operationally to local wood treatment companies. A couple of late additions to the program in Australia are a presentation on the recent review of timber durability in codes and standards by AFPA and implications for AS1604 and results from recent research involving Osmose, Arch/ Lonza, CHH and Hyne that has evaluated the use of near infrared spectroscopy to determine the retention of

Series will kick off at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium on 23 May. Coincidentally, this coincides with Wood Preservation 2012. Instead of a conference dinner on the first night of the Melbourne event, Wood Preservation 2012 delegates can instead save a space and go to the game. Wood Preservation 2012 will run in Melbourne 23-24 May and for the New Zealand wood treaters the event will run the week before 16-17 May. Full details of the Wood Preservation 2012 program can be found on the event webpage, www. woodpreser vationevents. com

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New model is compact, versatile A

new sawmill has been added to the Lucas Mill range of circular swing blade portable sawmills. The new model 4 is compact and is ideal for a wide range of customers including men’s sheds groups, furniture makers, wood workers, owner builders and small farm operators. The model 4 - 6 is capable of cutting 4 inch or 106mm in both the vertical and the horizontal and a length of up to 3.6m. It is powered by a 6 horse power Honda motor with manual start. Similar to the larger circular Lucas Mills the model 4-6 can be fitted with an optional slabbing attachment, planer and sander. For more than 18 years, Lucas Mill has been producing high quality, affordable, portable sawmills. Manufactured in Australia, these machines have become well recognised in over 100 countries around the world, and to date in excess of 12,000 machines have been sold worldwide.

Small business cuts way into niche market THE TERM cutting edge technology is used quite frequently in the forestry and timber industry but here’s a case of cutting edge that can be taken quite literally! Aspenware Inc. cutlery is all natural, comprising two thin layers of birch or aspen

veneer which is laminated with a safe, edible, US Food and Drug Administrationapproved binding agent. To eliminate any wooden taste, the eating portion of the cutlery is sprayed with a tasteless, confectioners glaze.

The retail packaging for the cutlery is also 100% compostable and biodegradable and while the cutlery is marketed and designed for one time use, it could be washed and used several times during a weekend camping trip.

Keep our forests

The cutlery makes use of the wood that no one else in the industry wants. Aspenware Inc. uses birch that is cut in usual logging operations. Much of this unwanted timber is traditionally left to rot, or is burned in slash piles. One

logging truck load of timber makes up to one million knives. Aspenware was founded in British Columbia in 2003. Its goal is to curb the rampant practice of disposing plastic eating utensils in landfills. We offer a sustainable,

attractive, cheap alternative: flatware made of birch. Its two layers create an unbelievably strong utensil which easily cuts steak and can pierce a raw carrot. Aspenware’s motto … Saving the world one meal at a time.


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High performance timber building system C

ONSTRUCTION OF a 33m2 multi-storey display home at the Le Messurier head office in Port Adelaide was the first step to introduce the cross laminated timber building system ‘Le Messurier OPTIM’ to the Australian market. With the first-to-market cross laminated timber solution in Australia, Le Messurier OPTIM will give the Australian design, architecture and building industry greater flexibility for multi-storey constructions, as well as higher environmental and sustainable attributes than that of traditional construction options currently adopted. With the Australian Government’s focus on carbon and introduction of the carbon tax in 2013, Australian building practices will require a significant step change to achieve the energy efficient needs of the future. Le Messurier OPTIM presents a low carbon, high performance building system that can substitute for concrete, steel and aluminium, all of which are very carbon intensive. Cross laminated timber is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 50% compared to these materials, commonly used in conventional multi-storey constructions. Timber is the only major building material that is renewable and sustainable, and with Le Messurier OPTIM there is now a timber building solution available for medium to high density, multi-storey constructions. Since Le Messurier OPTIM is prefabricated, the system is precise, and provides a construction process proven to provide: faster completion, increased safety, less demand for skilled workers on site, less disruption to the community and less waste. “Cross laminated timber has been widely used in Europe and more recently in North America, and Le Messurier is very excited to bring this new building system to the Australian market,” said Simon Angove, chief executive officer of Le Messurier. “The importance of sustainable building practices and living, along with the Government focus on carbon reduction,

makes Le Messurier OPTIM an ideal choice for medium to high density, multi-storey constructions as land prices and the overall cost of living increases.” The Le Messurier OPTIM display home will be on display at DesignEX 2012, Australia’s largest design and architecture event, 14-16 May at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Established in 1859, Le Messurier is an Australian, family owned, national wholesaler and importer of timber and allied building products. Photos by RossCo Pty Ltd

A host of advantages with new system LE MESSURIER OPTIM cross laminated timber panels are made from large format, solid boards of timber utilising a patented manufacturing process. Panels consist of a minimum of three glued board layers of technically dried spruce timber, glued to one another at right angles. OPTIM panels can be produced in very large dimensions of up to 4.8 metres x 20 metres with thicknesses between 50 and 300mm. The cross-laminated timber panels are glued with a durable adhesive bond ensuring that building components are dimensionally stable and resistant to warping, whilst also making them resistant to attacks from pests and fungus. Every single element of Le Messurier OPTIM

construction is individually designed for its task and is manufactured in an environmentally-friendly vacuum process. No matter what type of building, cross laminated timber ensures the most economical footprint in all areas of the construction – whether it be standardised panels for ceilings, roofing or walls or a precisely prefabricated, ready-to-fit construction for entire buildings. Due to excellent thermal insulation and storage values even with thin walls, it is possible to gain up to 15% additional living space compared to conventional solid constructions with an identical building area. Cross laminated timber provides many advantages across the board. For designers,

cross laminated timber gives them unrestricted designing potential without being bound to a grid, using approved building materials in the largest dimensions. For builders, cross laminated timber rapidly reduces construction time, providing advantages such as lower capital cost, faster project turnaround and potential insurance benefits due to fast and safe installation. And, for consumers cross laminated timber provides excellent sound insulation, high levels of thermal insulation and storage, and an optimal room climate. Possessing many positive environmental characteristics due to its timber composition, cross laminated timber impacts positively on carbon storage, has less manufacturing

greenhouse gas emissions than nonwood materials, and an overall lighter environmental footprint than non-wood materials. Cross laminated timber offers an alternative to other building materials such as concrete, steel and aluminium. Cross laminated timber can be used for load bearing walls, ceilings and roof constructions for the construction of residential housing, in multi storey residential buildings, for schools and other hall constructions, and commercial buildings. The spruce boards that form the raw material for the production of OPTIM cross laminated timber panels are sourced from sustainable forests.

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ARI DS-70 MULTI RIP SAW •200KW three phase motor •270mm depth of cut - single arbor •Min board output width 16mm •Feed speed 100 metres p/min •10 Blades at a time •40 Blades included - 10 new They measure 70cm across •Brand new in-feed and out-feed included - never used •Fully rebuilt – new bearings etc

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