20-21 October 2020, Rotorua, New Zealand
WoodWorks 2020 Conference
The program has a focus on completed projects from New Zealand and Australia. Each year we also showcase an inspirational wood expert from leading tall timber exemplar building projects overseas. For 2020 a world class architect from the iconic Brock Commons building in Vancouver will be our keynote speaker.
Who will attend?The New Zealand engineered timber industry, including:
- Engineered timber manufacturers
- Engineered timber suppliers
- Quantity surveyors
- Engineered timber researchers
- Timber industry consultants
- Wood supply chain and logistics companies
- Trades representatives including builders, plumbers, electrical
WoodWorks 2020: Conference Program
Tuesday 20 October 2020
Site Visit & Networking
Site Visit to Scion Innovation Hub
Te Papa Tipu Innovation Campus, 49 Sala Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
Followed by networking in the exhibition area at the Distinction Hotel
Wednesday 21 October 2020
WoodWorks Conference Sessions
Welcome & Introduction
Session 1: Sustainability in Design
Showcase Projects: Green School New Zealand and Nelson Airport
The Mother of Invention
Glenn Brebner, Managing Director, BOON Team Architects
Building for Climate Change: Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Construction Sector
Katie Symons, Principal Engineering Advisor – Building Performance, MBIE
Showcase Project: Nelson Airport – Challenges and Achievements
Kai Kruse, CEO, Nelson Pine
Morning tea break
SESSION 2: Wood Construction and Technology Developments
Showcase Project: Christchurch Arvida Rest Home
New Zealand’s First Timber Mid Rise Reference Building and the Manufacturing Solution to Enable the Industry
Jason Cordes, Managing Director, Red Stag Investments & Wood Solutions
Arvida Living Well Park Lane: Designing a sustainable retirement village
Daniela Vassura, Architect & Associate, Jasmax
Managing Uncertainty and Adversity
Lance Burdett, Founder, WARN International
Lunch & networking
Auckland City Mission Homeground – Much more than a Tall Timber Building
Gary Lawson, Stevens Lawson Architects; Darren Cutfield Senior Project Manager, Built Environs; and Lana Duboka, AECOM, Melbourne, Australia
Auckland City Mission Homeground – Panel Discussion and Question & Answer Time
Featuring Gary Lawson, Darren Cutfield and Lana Duboka
Key Considerations for Durability of CLT in Construction
Denise Martin, Principal Analyst, Oculus Architectural Engineering
Construction Perspectives: WPMA Design Guide Focus
Thomas Kaestner, Construction Management Advisor & DfMA Engineer, Offsite Design
Case Studies with Seismic Solutions facilitated by LateralLok and PosiStrut Cassettes
In Ling Ng and Daniel Wellington, MiTek New Zealand
WoodWorks 2020 concludes
Thursday 22 October 2020
Site Visit (to be confirmed)
Site Visit to Auckland City Mission Homeground build site (to be confirmed)
Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland
Early Bird Rate until 4 September 2020
$595excl. GSTper Person
Virtual / Remote Rate
$495excl. GSTper Person
Standard Rate After 4 September 2020
$795excl. GSTper Person
Group Rate For 3 Or More Delegates
$695excl. GSTper Person
COVID-19 related information:
- The event organiser will work diligently to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand Government and Health Authorities, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to. You can be sure that we will have all measures in place to safeguard your health and safety.
- It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate, if intending to travel to attend the Rotorua conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
To read our full Terms and Conditions, click here.
Registered Architects are eligible for 70 NZRAB CPD points for attendance at the physical conference.
Site Visit: Scion Innovation Hub
As part of the 5th Annual WoodWorks 2020 Conference, we invite all delegates to register to attend a pre-conference site visit to the soon-to-be opened Scion Innovation Hub – a brand new state-of-the-art mass timber building. To ensure you don't miss out register for the WoodWorks Conference today.
The new Innovation Hub represents a sea change for Scion – a crown research institute for forestry and bioproducts - as the building will be open to the public to showcase the best of wood design and innovation to everyone who visits. The design of this space is very intriguing, and the elements showcase timber in a Diagrid form that expresses the engineered shape and strength of laminated veneer lumber (LVL) in a stunning visual display of architectural brilliance. It is a delightful space in which to celebrate the use of wood to maximum advantage.
Our WoodWorks Innovation Hub site visit takes place on 20th October at the Scion Campus, 49 Sala Street, less than 1 kilometre from our conference venue – the Distinction Hotel on the corner of Fenton and Sala Streets – so allow 15-30 minutes for your visit.
Join us for a guided site visit – Group visits will start from 4:30pm. Visit start times for each group will be advised to each individual delegate closer to the event date.
Following the Innovation Hub site visits, our WoodWorks conference sponsors will host an icebreaker session in the conference exhibition area at the Distinction Hotel.
Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
To ensure you get a place at either event, if you’d like further information or if you haven’t yet seen a Sponsorship & Exhibition Pack, please contact
John Stulen, Director, (+64) 7 921 1381 or (+64) 27 275 8011, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the conference venue, see www.distinctionhotelsrotorua.co.nz.