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27 Jun 2022

Haven Road, Nelson: A 6-storey apartment building project: RM Designs and partners

The Canterbury-based RM Designs team proudly shares their experiences with WoodWorks readers on their journey to design and build a new 6-storey apartment complex in Nelson for Vining Investment Properties...
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27 Jun 2022

MBIE: Proposed modular component manufacturer rules

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is consulting on proposed rules to support a new voluntary modular component manufacturer certification scheme. Several changes to support housing supply and...
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27 Jun 2022

Ottawa: Large scale mass timber fire testing

Trial by fire: Largest mass timber test in North America takes place this month Canada’s public and private sectors have partnered to conduct a series of fire research tests on...
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13 Jun 2022

Our WoodWorks NZ team is delighted to welcome Warren and Mahoney as a Sponsor

“Warren and Mahoney is excited to be partnering with WoodWorks NZ in their support of the development of mass timber architecture. We, like other industry leaders, believe that mass timber...
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13 Jun 2022

Conference dates and location for November

PLEASE NOTE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have decided to change the DATE and VENUE for this event to 8-9th November, Distinction Hotel Rotorua.   Tues, 8 Nov: CLT Plant...
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13 Jun 2022

Hybrid steel and mass timber design guide

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) has released the first-ever set of US recommendations for hybrid steel frames with mass timber floors, according to a news release. Design Guide...
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23 May 2022

V-Quest soft launch – An embodied carbon design tool

V-Quest is currently going through the final stages of development before we move into our Beta testing programme. We expect the Beta programme to commence upon the soft launch of...
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23 May 2022

Commercial Construction Survey Request/Invitation

BRANZ would like to invite you to participate in an industry-wide survey on the uptake of engineered wood products in the New Zealand construction industry. You have been identified as...
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16 May 2022

Plans submitted: Aussies reach for the sky in Perth

Grange Development submits plans for world’s tallest timber tower in South Perth – The world’s tallest $350 million hybrid timber tower with 245 apartments over 48 levels could soon be...
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16 May 2022

Protecting tall timber buildings from fire

Specialist engineers from WSP were commissioned to design the fire safety system for what is now Auckland’s tallest timber construction. Led by Auckland-based fire and life safety manager Biswadeep Ghosh,...
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16 May 2022

People On the Move

STEVE AVERY Woodspan are excited to introduce Steve Avery who started with them on the 26th of April as their new Woodspan Market Manager. Steve has a great foundation of knowledge...
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04 May 2022

Mass Timber for Nelson Apartments

Nelson apartment project granted special housing status in 2019 is getting underway, and is hoped to be completed in under two years, barring unexpected Covid-19 delays. Vining Investment Properties director...
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04 May 2022

Perth Timber Tower to be World’s Tallest if approved

Melbourne developer James Dibble is hoping to build the world’s tallest hybrid timber building in South Perth after submitting plans for a 183-metre apartment tower that would be three metres higher...
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19 Apr 2022

International trends in mass timber construction

Vittorio Salvadori has a PhD in Timber Hybrid Buildings.  As part of  his PhD Research he surveyed and analysed more than 200 multi-storey timber-based buildings in the world, built between...
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19 Apr 2022

Investment For Next Gen Earthquake Protection Technology

New Zealand’s leading specialist seismic engineering company, Tectonus has raised NZ$8 million in a recent funding round led by New Zealand deep-tech venture capital firm Pacific Channel. Other investors who...
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29 Mar 2022

Case Study: New Zealand Artificial Limbs Society showcases wood for clients

WoodWorks sponsor, Techlam, are currently manufacturing components for the new NZ Artificial Limbs Society building in Burwood, Christchurch. We got some feedback from the team we’re working with on the...
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29 Mar 2022

Adam Strong, back in prefab along with the “A team”

Adam Strong has emerged in a new role as chief executive of Viridi Group, one of the “verticals” established by Kirk Tsihlis through his ambitious impact investment company TrueGreen. TrueGreen...
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29 Mar 2022

News just in from Sydney – World’s tallest hybrid timber tower approved

Shop Architects and BVN’s $1 billion tower for Australian tech company Atlassian has been approved. Billed as the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower when it was first unveiled in 2020,...
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29 Mar 2022

Meet the 2022 US Wood Design Award Winners

We are excited to announce the 2022 U.S. Wood Design Award winners—and to once again celebrate excellence in wood building design. The annual awards program charts the growing prevalence of...
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22 Mar 2022

Building for Climate Change update

In 2021, the Building for Climate Change team developed a proposed technical methodology for assessing the embodied carbon of new buildings in New Zealand. The proposed methodology has since been...
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22 Mar 2022

A mission to reduce the construction industry’s carbon footprint

CIES Associate Professor Hamid Valipour has long been a man on a mission – a mission to reduce the construction industry’s currently massive carbon footprint. His work over the last...
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22 Mar 2022

New Sydney Fish Market’s distinctive roof to be made with spruce glulam and steel

A flagship project of the New South Wales government to support the tourism and fishing industries, the new Sydney Fish Market is being redeveloped as a world-class social and tourist...
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22 Mar 2022

Mass Timber Building Science Primer

Mass Timber Building Science Primer provides range of insights into how wood brings a range of advantages to commercial construction.  While this primer starts from first principles, it does contain...
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22 Mar 2022

Was 2021 the year mass timber broke through?

2021 might be remembered as the year when mass timber finally broke through as a construction material in the US. Last year, the International Code Council updated its International Building...
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09 Mar 2022

WoodWorks 2021/22 conference draws a large audience

Over 260 people registered for the 2021/22 WoodWorks Conference held last week using an online format.  Delegate feedback ratings were close to the highest ever received for this event which...
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09 Mar 2022

The Nature of Wood – New publication available

Terrapin’s new paper highlights the experiential and sensory aspects of wood as a building material and illustrates perspectives designers can use in material selection. The authors, Bill Browning, Catie Ryan...
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09 Mar 2022

New Virtual NZ Timber Design Centre announced

An agreement to create an industry advisory service for building designers will promote and facilitate greater use of timber in New Zealand buildings, says Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand...
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25 Feb 2022

In Conversation: Office building design

The world’s largest companies are striving to lead the way in building space for their staff and communities.  Here is some inspiration from Steven Paynter, an architect who was the...
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25 Feb 2022

Low-carbon lifestyle at Clearwater Quays

Cheaper, quicker, and more environmentally friendly… is this the future of New Zealand’s multi-story construction industry? We talk with Red Stag Timber CEO, Marty Verry about how the Clearwater Quays project, they are delivering...
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25 Feb 2022

Tryp Hotel Mass Timber Site Visit (Wellington)

Mass Timber Site Visit:  We invite all design and construction professionals to a site visit to the Tryp Hotel building project in downtown Wellington JOIN US on 7th April from 4pm. The...
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24 Feb 2022

Vacancy: Market Manager with Woodspan PLT Panels [Closing 7 Mar 2022]

Woodspan PLT Panels is growing. Seeking a Market Manager to lead this growth. Role can be based in New Plymouth, Auckland or Waikato. Woodspan are a proudly NZ owned manufacturer and fabricator of PLT (Parallel Laminated Timber) providing sustainable mass timber solutions to the construction market.  This innovative company was founded in 2018 and its success has resulted in a strong reputation and repeat business built from providing high quality, fit for purpose products and great customer service. Woodspans’ rapid...
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04 Feb 2022

A $300 million to boost timber construction

(Australia) The Clean Energy Finance Corporation will offer $300 million in debt financing to encourage greater use of cross-laminated timber and cut embodied carbon in commercial projects such as office...
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04 Feb 2022

Sustainable plasterboard uses seaweed

New seaweed plasterboard design provides safer, more sustainable building option – A revolutionary new plasterboard design incorporating seaweed could reduce the carbon footprint of building materials and contribute to safer,...
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04 Feb 2022

Video on the first vertical forest in social housing

Seven years after the inauguration of Bosco Verticale in Milan, Stefano Boeri Architetti presented a video documentary of Trudo Tower, the first Vertical Forest in social housing. The 19-storey residential...
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29 Jan 2022

Engineering student wins timber innovation contest with novel design

A 27-year-old civil engineering student at the University of Waterloo has caught the attention of mass timber engineering and design professionals in Europe through his design proposition for a seven-storey...
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29 Jan 2022

Innovation Hub putting NZ on the architecture world map

Scion’s Te Whare Nui o Tuteata is putting New Zealand on the architecture world map. Scion’s innovation hub, Te Whare Nui o Tuteata, has won 14 domestic and international awards...
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29 Jan 2022

Changes are coming to the way Kāinga Ora works with architects

Changes are coming to the way Kāinga Ora works with architects, with the establishment of preferred supplier panels. These panels will give preferred suppliers visibility of the Kāinga Ora pipeline,...
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20 Jan 2022

Do you know where NZ’s biggest CLT building is?

Otago Polytechnic’s 231-bedroom Student Village is New Zealand’s largest completed* cross-laminated timber structure. Designed by architecture firm Mason&Wales, the project represented a significant opportunity for the institute to incorporate some...
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20 Jan 2022

Wood buildings ideal for coastal environments

Engineered timber experts, TimberLab, has been working alongside community representatives since early 2020 on the design and supply of a new hall for the Niutao Island community. Situated on Tuvalu’s...
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20 Jan 2022

New 20-storey timber building overlooking the Arctic Circle

The award-winning Sara Cultural Center by White Arkitekter building is located in Skelleftea, Sweden. Completed late 2021, it’s currently one of the world’s tallest timber buildings and includes a hotel,...
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19 Jan 2022

Operations Manager – Red Stag Wood Solutions Limited; Rotorua, New Zealand

Red Stag Wood Solutions Limited (Red Stag) is seeking a quality Operations or Plant Manager to be responsible for its Engineered Wood Product (EWP) plant in Rotorua within the greater Red Stag site. Red Stag is New Zealand’s largest Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) manufacturer in the country, and is in the process of becoming the largest manufacturer of Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) in New Zealand.  Red Stag is also a leading independent manufacturer of timber frames and trusses and prefabricated...
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21 Dec 2021

Have your say on Greenstar consultation (by 23 December)

A pivotal moment. Three years ago NZGBC commissioned thinkstep-anz to consider emissions from buildings. They set out that around 20% of NZ’s carbon pollution is from buildings (when one excludes...
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21 Dec 2021

Twenty per cent of new homes in Amsterdam to be constructed from timber

Architects and cities around the world are turning to timber construction for its sustainable attributes. Amsterdam’s new mandate that 20% of all new housing must use wood (or other bio-based...
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21 Dec 2021

Facade Rising On Google’s First Sunnyvale Mass Timber Office Building at 1265 Borregas Avenue

Google’s First Sunnyvale Mass Timber Office Building – Construction has topped out, with facade installation starting at 1265 Borregas Avenue in Sunnyvale’s Moffett Park area. The project will open as...
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Featured image for “Massive mass timber development set for fast-track consent in Queenstown”
13 Dec 2021

Massive mass timber development set for fast-track consent in Queenstown

Billion-dollar Queenstown development dubbed ‘Alpine Britomart’ a step closer to reality ~ Lakeview | Taumata, the stunning residential, hospitality, and retail precinct planned as an expansion to Queenstown’s CBD has...
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13 Dec 2021

What do we mean by ‘green’​?

The Green Star points system is under review so it is timely to ask; what does ‘green building’ mean to you? And therefore, what weightings should be given to the...
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13 Dec 2021

Wood is keen green and good in shakes

(its eco-friendly, value for money in construction and good a protecting us in an earthquake) Eco-friendly timber walls could replace steel or concrete, research finds ~ Two University of Canterbury researchers...
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13 Dec 2021

LVL webinars on LVL for tall timber buildings

Click here to view available webinars!...
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13 Dec 2021

First in Canada for robotic construction – New urban housing factory opens

Intelligent City opens first urban housing factory as world leader in applying robotics to construction Intelligent City has begun building urban housing projects in the company’s new factory on River...
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07 Dec 2021

Be Constructive Podcast #1 | Techlam

This week we give you our first instalment of our ‘Be Constructive Podcast’, where we speak to industry leaders and drivers of innovation to discuss the innumerable benefits of building...
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Featured image for “Risk assessment for development and insurance: why Engineered Wood Products are a safe solution for mid-rise construction.”
07 Dec 2021

Risk assessment for development and insurance: why Engineered Wood Products are a safe solution for mid-rise construction.

This article describes the typical risk assessment considerations applicable to the use of Engineered Wood Products (EWPs) in mid-rise construction, following the approach that I have learnt at the Property...
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Featured image for “Stora Enso launches low-carbon industrial buildings solution”
07 Dec 2021

Stora Enso launches low-carbon industrial buildings solution

Eurban Limited have been working closely with Stora Enso to develop the structural solution for some of the concepts. A great collaboration with all different parties involved. It hopefully gives...
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26 Nov 2021

Local Modular Mass-timber Connection System to be developed

TimberLab is proud to announce that we have secured a Callaghan Innovation R&D Project grant to help us develop and standardise connection details for mid-rise mass timber construction. The project...
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26 Nov 2021

Scion Innovation Hub achieves global recognition

Scion Innovation Hub Te Whare Nui o Tuteata has won the top award in the Higher Education and Research category at the World Architecture Festival (WAF). The project by RTA...
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Featured image for “WoodWorks USA resources for mass timber designers and engineers”
26 Nov 2021

WoodWorks USA resources for mass timber designers and engineers

Updated tall wood resources are available! Gain in-depth guidance on three common topics related to tallwood buildings, including design paths for 2021 code compliance. According to our tall wood expert, Ricky McLain, PE,...
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26 Nov 2021

Multi-Storey Timber-Based Buildings: An International Survey of Case-Studies with Five or More Storeys Over the Last Twenty Years

by Vittorio Salvadori I am thrilled to finally be able to share my dissertation “Multi-Storey Timber-Based Buildings: An International Survey of Case-Studies with Five or More Storeys Over the Last Twenty Years.” You can find the digital version here:https://www.researchgate.net/publication/356458852_Multi-Storey_Timber-Based_Buildings_An_International_Survey_of_Case-Studies_with_Five_or_More_Storeys_Over_the_Last_Twenty_Years/link/619c981907be5f31b7acebf1/download  My research includes the largest survey ever done on the state of the art of Multi-Storey Timber-Based Buildings, with an in-depth analysis of the design and contextual aspects of 197 selected case-studies. Sharing this knowledge with as many professionals as possible was the...
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22 Nov 2021

CLT: The Healthy Choice – A Case Study

As featured in Master Builder New South Wales magazine MODULAR building company Fabprefab has decked out its NSW central coast warehouse with XLam’s Responsible Wood-certified Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) product...
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22 Nov 2021

Forget ‘Gliding On’ … here are the facts direct to you

Back in the good old days of cardigans shorts and walk socks as the unofficial uniform of dithering public servants; here is a live dashboard for keeping check on Government’s actual delivery...
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22 Nov 2021

Ashburton District Council’s new library and civic centre

The team at Ashburton District Council‘s new library and civic centre is relishing the opportunity to use some of the latest construction technology on the project. As a fully integrated...
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Featured image for “Adidas HQ in USA a mass timber convert – In Portland, the Adidas Village Connects Creativity, Community, and Sport”
22 Nov 2021

Adidas HQ in USA a mass timber convert – In Portland, the Adidas Village Connects Creativity, Community, and Sport

Following a national design competition, Adidas selected LEVER Architecture and Studio O+A to realize a 460,000-square-foot expansion of its North American headquarters in Portland, Oregon. The design for the North...
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Featured image for “Zero-carbon Kiwi timber apartments cheaper to build, study says”
10 Nov 2021

Zero-carbon Kiwi timber apartments cheaper to build, study says

Building a luxury apartment block from timber rather than concrete has kept more than a million kilograms of carbon dioxide out of the environment, a study has found. The timber...
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10 Nov 2021

Exploring the Benefits and Costs of Mass Timber Solutions

As a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Linda Lodetti has spent most her life providing construction cost advice in South Africa, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. She is also the author...
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10 Nov 2021

Kāinga Ora showcases their successes at COP26

Great to see Ngā Kāinga Anamata developed by Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities being celebrated at the virtual pavilion for Build Better Now at COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference now open to the...
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04 Nov 2021

Our Very Own Mass Timber Giant

Mass Timber Giant Techlam has completed a massive (and mass timber) challenge – To produce more than a kilometre of timber rafter beams for Red Stag’s new manufacturing plant –...
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Featured image for “Tasmania Health HQ is Carbon Neutral Building”
04 Nov 2021

Tasmania Health HQ is Carbon Neutral Building

Mass timber office building designed to be Tasmania’s greenest – Terroir has designed a mass timber office building in Launceston that is aiming to become “the most sustainable and carbon...
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04 Nov 2021

In Milwaukee a Very Tall Timber Building is Under Construction

How Ascent Is Pushing Mass Timber to New Heights — Partnerships, planning and perseverance are all critical components of a unique project in Milwaukee. The footings are in. The foundation...
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29 Oct 2021

Clearwater Open Days running next week

The Mid-Rise Wood Construction team invites you to register for our free on-site tours at the Clearwater Quays Apartment building project in Christchurch. Construction professionals invited to inspect low-carbon demonstration...
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29 Oct 2021

Mass timber close to home – University of Adelaide Student Accommodation

These are no Castle Street flats; in fact they are the complete opposite!  Today’s university students are certainly living the dream with this outstanding new award winning mass timber facility...
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29 Oct 2021

The “Duloc” of Mass Timber: Sweden’s Eco-town built on wood

Isn’t it good, Swedish plywood: the miraculous eco-town with a 20-storey wooden skyscraper – Skellefteå has wooden schools, bridges, even car parks. And now it has one of the world’s...
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26 Oct 2021

Clearwater Open Days coming in November

The Mid-Rise Wood Construction team invites you to register for our free on-site tours at the Clearwater Quays Apartment building project in Christchurch. Construction professionals invited to inspect low-carbon demonstration...
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26 Oct 2021

MBIE annual update shows healthy construction sector

Building And Construction Sector Trends Annual Report 2021 Indicates Sector Remains Strong In Face Of COVID-19 The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has today released the Building and...
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26 Oct 2021

Timber Industry plans wood festival for COP26

The World of Wood Festival for COP26 With the eyes of the world on COP26 in the first two weeks of November, the global timber industry is collectively hosting the...
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15 Oct 2021

WoodWorks Conference Rescheduled to 1-2 March 2022

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, we have made a decision to reschedule our event. This will give us the best chance to attend this event in-person and enjoy our Red Stag CLT plant tour...
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15 Oct 2021

Construction professionals invited to inspect low-carbon demonstration building in November

In mid-November, construction professionals and property developers are invited to attend site visits to the Clearwater Quays Apartments, a model building for low-carbon construction in Christchurch. Earlier this year, open days...
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15 Oct 2021

Mass Timber Column to Column Connection Demo

If you’d like a sneak peak of the new mass timber column to column connector Holmes Solutions developed with Lendlease, check out this video showing the prototype in action.  Harriet...
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15 Oct 2021

CLT load bearing shearwalls?

“Sure, no problem” says Fast + Epp. Just add some steel plates, lots of screws and some cool concrete cylinders. Problem solved at Timber House Port Royal New Westminster BC. Source: LinkedIn...
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08 Oct 2021

UPDATE ON 6th ANNUAL WOODWORKS CONFERENCE

The biggest event on the mass timber calendar is our 6th Annual WoodWorks Conference.  We have had great support for this event and the associated tours to the nearby Red Stag...
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08 Oct 2021

Fire Professionals Impressed with Test Facility

(Australia) Fire safety professionals impressed by timber demonstration building – Recent tours of the FWPA-supported WoodSolutions mid-rise timber demonstration building were a big success with some of Australia’s leading fire safety professionals. ...
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08 Oct 2021

Swedish Cultural Centre joins Tall Timber Building Leaderboard

Designed by White Arkitekter, one of the world’s tallest timber buildings at last opens its doors to the public. The ‘Sara Cultural Centre’ rises 75 metres (246 feet) above the...
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04 Oct 2021

Techlam Case Study – Pre-Conference Tour insight!

Mass Timber Giant Our Challenge – Produce more than a kilometre of timber rafter beams for Red Stag’s new manufacturing plant – no problem for Techlam.Designed to be 161 meters...
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04 Oct 2021

Brisbane is home to Australasia’s most awarded workspace!

Among the steel and concrete buildings in Brisbane’s landscape, Aurecon’s client, Lendlease, offered an opportunity to be part of something special. Lendlease had an aspiration to construct tall buildings made of timber as part...
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04 Oct 2021

UK pavilion in Dubai uses CLT to celebrate their message

Lauded as one of the “must-see” highlights at this year’s Expo 2020 Dubai, the entry from the United Kingdom stands above the crowd thanks to a unique collaborative design from...
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Featured image for “Peddlethorp’s Manuel Diaz identifies some of the challenges and opportunities facing architects under the New Zealand Government’s Building for Climate Change programme.”
27 Sep 2021

Peddlethorp’s Manuel Diaz identifies some of the challenges and opportunities facing architects under the New Zealand Government’s Building for Climate Change programme.

Changes are coming fast to the building industry, driven by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Building for Climate Change programme. This is the direction we need to...
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27 Sep 2021

Hines Breaks Ground on Melbourne’s Tallest Timber Tower

US real estate firm Hines will break ground on Melbourne’s tallest mass-engineered timber office building later this year after pausing plans for the $200-million project last year. The 15-level office project, dubbed...
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27 Sep 2021

New leader for tallest timber building in Germany “Roots”

Germany’s tallest wooden skyscraper broke ground in Hamburg. The building is called ‘Roots’ and the impressive wooden structure stands at 65 metres with 19 floors. The building is set to...
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17 Sep 2021

Chris Scott | Meet Our Presenters

Case Studies Showcasing Adaptive Reuse & Engineered Timber – Opportunities for Balancing Carbon Chris Scott, Principal – Registered Architect, JASMAX Jasmax have researched the carbon emissions of a number of...
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Featured image for “Hunt on to find and fund large-scale mass timber buildings”
17 Sep 2021

Hunt on to find and fund large-scale mass timber buildings

Design funding is now available for qualifying, yet-to-be-constructed wooden buildings as part of a partnership between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Red Stag. Funding of several hundred thousand...
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17 Sep 2021

Law changes may make apartments less risky

Housing affordability – A select committee report is due back this week on a bill reforming regulations for apartments, townhouses and other types of high-density property. As more home buyers...
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17 Sep 2021

ABBA reunion stage in mass timber

British architecture studio Stufish has revealed the first image of a temporary performance venue that is set to host Swedish pop group ABBA’s reunion tour at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic...
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17 Sep 2021

New residential development planned for Epsom

A new development in Auckland, dubbed ‘Symphony303’ is a great example of an adaptive reuse project being rebuild anew with mass timber. This latest residential project is   taking place on...
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17 Sep 2021

Kāinga Ora Passive Houses

Passive House is a performance based standard that is first and foremost about delivering on a promise: a comfortable, well-ventilated home that needs very little energy. These homes regulate their...
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13 Sep 2021

Shamubeel Eaqub | Meet Our Presenters

Build-to-Rent: An Opportunity for Engineered Wood and Commercial Builders Shamubeel Eaqub, Economist, Sense Partners House building is twice as big as non-residential. The way we build houses is about to...
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13 Sep 2021

Compare Embodied Carbon in Mass Timber, Steel, and Concrete Structures

Our climate is changing. Human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land, according to the 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report. 39% of global GHG emissions are...
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13 Sep 2021

Remember the Food Pyramid – here’s a Construction Materials Pyramid

We’ve recently come across a clever saying “Planted-based Building Materials” of which wood is right up there as one of the best.  Well, those even cleverer folks at Abodo have...
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13 Sep 2021

Paul Fast – Gold Medal Address

On September 22, 2021, Paul Fast will be giving his Gold Medal Address at The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) International HQ in London. Paul has over 35 years of...
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03 Sep 2021

Are Engineered Wood Products (EWP’s) a viable alternative in commercial construction?

Member Chris Prier of Naylor Love is currently undertaking an MBA at Massey University and has chosen to do his final research project to determine whether engineered wood products can...
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27 Aug 2021

Marty Verry: Building Green – Stuart Nash on Right Side of Climate History

OPINION: The Government is using its own procurement to show how to build green by using less high-emission materials like concrete and steel. The lobbyists from those sectors have attacked...
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17 Aug 2021

Daniel Moroder | Meet Our Presenters

Case Study: From Paper to Reality – Te Ara o Puanga (Mary Potter Hospice Apartments) Daniel Moroder, Senior Structural Engineer, PTL, and President of the NZ Timber Design Society PTL...
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17 Aug 2021

New Leader takes World’s Tallest Timber Crown

World’s tallest timber tower begins overtaking nearby buildings USA – Construction of Ascent, a 25-story mass timber building, is underway in downtown Milwaukee, and it’s beginning to overtake nearby buildings....
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17 Aug 2021

The Treatment & Prevention of Mould on Engineered Timber Products.

We’ve released a new document! The Treatment & Prevention of Mould on Engineered Timber Products.Have a read on our website, and let us know if you want any more information...
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10 Aug 2021

Bernie O’Fagan | Meet Our Presenters

The Tools Required to Advocate for Mass Timber – (Perspectives from a small Christchurch design studio) Bernie O’Fagan, Owner – RM Designs How do you introduce your clients to mass...
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10 Aug 2021

This Week’s Highlights

WoodWorks 2021 Conference – Our 6th Annual WoodWorks 2021 Conference, incorporating local CLT plant tours, has been rescheduled. It will now run, as an in-person event, on Wednesday 3 November 2021. The BRANZ pre-conference workshop and CLT plant tours to Red Stag’s Waipa site are planned to run on Tuesday 2 November. Further details can be found in the story in this week’s issue or from the event website...
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10 Aug 2021

Government Updates on Carbon Reduction for Buildings

MBIE Update – The team at MBIE are busy analysing feedback received on the embodied carbon methodology, and are incredibly grateful for the time and effort that went into submissions,...
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10 Aug 2021

Dr. Tripti Singh | Meet Our Presenters

Potential NZS 3602 Changes Relating to Engineered Wood Products Dr. Tripti Singh, Team Leader (Wood Science Design) & Project Leader (Bioactives, Wood Protection), Scion As a chairperson of the Standards committee for the...
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10 Aug 2021

Curved Stairwell at Clearwater Quays

Rounding it out! Our curved stairwell is starting to take shape at Clearwater Quays. Amazing how a few new timber members make all the difference to a project. Kobe Construction...
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10 Aug 2021

Timber and Digital Design Make Great Dfma Combination

The combination of digital technology and mass timber is revolutionising the way we design and build buildings, according design specialist at Dassault Systèmes. Titled “How Virtual Mass Timber Extends and...
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03 Aug 2021

Revolutionary Screw Halves Sound Transmission

One of the biggest complaints about the kind of multi-family housing is noise from neighbours that comes through the walls and ceilings. The problem can be even worse in wood...
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03 Aug 2021

WoodWorks USA Online Workshop – Mass Timber Construction Management: Unique Considerations for Success

More and more, building owners and designers are pursuing mass timber for its speed of construction, aesthetics, sustainability and strength-to-weight ratio. However, while design and code aspects receive a great...
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26 Jul 2021

Phillip Howard | Meet Our Presenters

Clearwater Quays Architecture: Showcasing Wood in Design for Apartment Living Phillip Howard, Principal & Registered Architect, Pacific Environments For architects, the attraction of working with timber goes beyond the clear...
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26 Jul 2021

Webinar – Detailing Deep Dive for Fire Acoustics & Structural for Mid-Rise Multi-Family

Step up your detailing game with this wood design workshop! What is the most economical unit demising wall assembly in a multi-family building? How do you detail the intersection of...
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26 Jul 2021

Mass Timber for athlete’s villages at future Olympics

With the Olympics being top of mind for anyone following any news feeds just now, the topic of timber and building athlete’s villages now springs to mind as Brisbane has...
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20 Jul 2021

Be Constructive Podcast – Timberlab

Timberlab’s Sam Leslie and Andrew Hewitt join us to chat about their innovative elements for the Clearwater Quays Apartments currently under construction in Christchurch. Listen below....
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20 Jul 2021

Webinar notice – A Kiwi in Canada: Mass timber case studies and timber design learnings

Join the upcoming TDS webinar by Andrew Dunbar from Structex, who will talk about his experience while working in Canada at Fast + Epp. The presentation will cover general observations...
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12 Jul 2021

Marty Verry | Meet Our Presenters

A 5-Storey Mass Timber Demonstration Building – It’s Role in Building for Climate Change Marty Verry, Group CEO & Chair, Red Stag Group Marty Verry spearheaded the industry’s advocacy for...
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12 Jul 2021

Kāinga Ora is Ramping up Offsite Manufactured Builds

In Session 4 for our WoodWorks Conference we will have 2 speakers outlining how the Kāinga Ora team did the mahi to arrive at their recently announced building system approach....
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12 Jul 2021

Roy Thompson | Meet Our Presenters

Build-to-Rent Case Study: New Ground Living Roy Thompson, Managing Director, New Ground Capital New Ground is both a developer and manager of Build-to-Rent housing, and a joint-venture manager of the...
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12 Jul 2021

Timber towers stronger than steel

Mass engineered timber is taking on other tall towers besides making beautiful buildings.  Danish wind energy giant Vestas has boosted its investment in Swedish wood technology company Modvion, which specialises in...
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05 Jul 2021

Bereavement | Jason Guiver

It is with great sadness to inform you that Jason Guiver passed away on Monday 21st June 2021 at Nelson Hospice at the age of 55. In late 2019 Jason...
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05 Jul 2021

Barry Lynch + Eoin McLoughlin | Meet Our Presenters

Rapid Technology Quantifies Advantages of Timber Design & Carbon Sequestration Barry Lynch, Director & Quantity Surveyor & Eoin McLoughlin, Quantity Surveyor, Logic Group The decision to build with sustainable timber...
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05 Jul 2021

Clearwater Quays Apartments Update

LVL Prefabrication for Clearwater Apartments, Christchurch, New Zealand Project team: Enovate Consultants, Pacific Environments, Logic Group, Kobe ConstructionClient: Red Stag Investments  The Clearwater Apartments (The Gap) is a 5-levelled high-end...
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29 Jun 2021

WoodWorks 2021 Conference Registrations Now Open

We’re pleased to announce that registrations for our 6th Annual WoodWorks Conference for 2021 are now open.  This year we have a fantastic conference program lined up for everyone looking...
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29 Jun 2021

Auckland: Tall timber’s time has arrived

Developers will be able to demolish homes and build apartment blocks of at least six storeys deep inside many of Auckland’s traditional suburbs under a new Labour Government law aimed...
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29 Jun 2021

10-Story High-Rise Built in Just One Day

Prefabricated buildings are designed to be put together very quickly – that’s a big part of their appeal, after all. However, you’d be hard-pressed to find a building that goes...
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28 Jun 2021

Moisture Control During Construction – Practical Hints

“We are just completing the waterproof membrane on level 9 CLT. This allows us to start board on level 2+ while we continue to climb to level 12! Why are...
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15 Jun 2021

Govt adopts ‘timber-first policy’ for building industry in bid to combat climate change

The building industry is in for a shake-up as the Government adopts a timber-first policy to help combat climate change. New research shows the building industry needs to halve its...
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14 Jun 2021

WoodWorks Conference set for 21-22 September 2021 in Rotorua

Our 6th annual NZ mass timber conference is set and registrations will open later this month.  WoodWorks 2021 has got plenty of great building projects happening for everyone to learn...
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14 Jun 2021

Melbourne to get new 15 storey mass timber office building

Global investment manager Hines to begin construction of $200 million prefabricated timber office tower in Melbourne, Australia. Hines oversees a portfolio of assets under management valued at approximately $160.9 billion...
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12 Jun 2021

Paul Fast: Mass timber’s day has arrived

There is a mass timber ‘wave’, as North America is experiencing a resurgence in the use of wood in construction and in building taller with mass timber. “Obviously there’s a...
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12 Jun 2021

Update on MBIE’s Building for Climate Change programme

MBIE recently released the full summary of submissions from the 2020 Building for Climate Change consultation. The summary is now available on their website. They noted that the feedback provided during...
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12 Jun 2021

Know your competition

Finally, this week, from our ‘know-your-enemy’ files comes this about ‘green steel – The inside story on green steel.’ The built environment has developed a taste for sustainable, low emissions...
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13 May 2021

BRANZ report on barriers to growth of EWP in New Zealand

BRANZ survey into EWP use – If using more timber in buildings and creating larger timber buildings is a potential way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sequestering more carbon,...
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12 May 2021

Canada exports wood design services to Korea

WoodWorks Office software, developed by Canadian Wood Council allows structural engineers to quickly design light-frame or heavy timber construction based on the latest codes and standards. Upon completion of the...
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12 May 2021

Thinkwood: Continuing education inspiration. Architecting Change

Design Strategies for a Healthy, Resilient, Climate Smart Future – Over the past decade, the architectural, construction and engineering (AEC) sector has grappled with unprecedented technological and socioeconomic changes along...
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12 May 2021

Wood design features in local government building in Ballarat, Vic

Ballarat GovHub was officially opened on April 21. Partner Stefan Mee from John Wardle Architects writes about the project’s aspirations and reflects on how the design engages with its context...
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12 May 2021

Strong turnout for Open Days at Sustainable New Apartments

New Zealand’s first mass timber demonstration building is now under construction in Christchurch at 50 Rotoiti Lane in Clearwater, Northwood, Christchurch.  Two open days for industry professionals were held last...
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19 Apr 2021

This will be the largest CLT affordable housing complex in the Netherlands

Rotterdam-based architecture office Powerhouse Company has unveiled designs for Valckensteyn, a circular and sustainable building expected to become the largest timber-built affordable housing complex in the Netherlands. Commissioned by housing...
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19 Apr 2021

The technology of the trees

Chris Barton finds at Scion’s Innovation Hub, Te Whare Nui o Tuteata, in Rotorua – by RTA Studio, in collaboration with Irving Smith Architects – a showcase of radically new...
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19 Apr 2021

NZ’s Timber Shortage – Help On The Way

The opening of a new wood processing plant in Rotorua in a few weeks will help alleviate New Zealand’s timber shortage, say Red Stag group CEO, Marty Verry. The plant,...
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31 Mar 2021

Berlin’s New Timber Tower Comes With Lofty Ambitions

A skyscraper that would be Europe’s tallest wooden building promises a “social and ecological paradigm shift” in a gentrifying neighborhood — and a test for the city’s affordable housing model....
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31 Mar 2021

Case Study: Hutt Valley Health Hub

Our Challenge For this project, New Zealand’s most earthquake resilient health centre was to be built. Designed to withstand a one in 2500-year earthquake, the Hutt Valley Health Hub needed...
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31 Mar 2021

SCGZero+

About The SCGZero+ project is designed to be the first “5Zero” office building – Zero carbon, Zero energy, Zero water, Zero waste, and Zero formaldehyde that houses 400+ staff in...
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22 Mar 2021

Glulam on the BIG Stage – Our Longest Beams Ever!

University of Waikato, The Pā – TimberLab Project Update March 2021 CREDITS: Client: The University of Waikato / Project Manager: Greenstone Group /Architect: Architectus & Jasmax / Engineer: Beca / Constructor:...
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22 Mar 2021

Building Carbon Calculator

Engineered timber products such as Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) and Glue Laminated Timber (Glulam) are some of the most exciting building materials we’ve seen in over...
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22 Mar 2021

Tianfu Agriculture Expo

Canadian wood manufacturers are delivering on decades of Government-established groundwork in Asia.  While New Zealand’s focus is on logs, the synergy of Government officials, locally-knowledge timber standards experts in Asia...
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22 Mar 2021

Nashville’s First Large-scale Mass Timber Project

Nashville is getting its first large-scale mass timber structure in the form of two office buildings, up to 5 storeys tall, as part of a larger mixed use development. A...
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22 Mar 2021

UBC planning $315 million facility expansion of medical research and nursing schools

Another wave of major construction is planned for the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Point Grey campus, with the key projects creating new health sciences facilities located at the main...
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22 Mar 2021

Japan developing wooden satellites to cut space junk

A Japanese company and Kyoto University have joined forces to develop what they hope will be the world’s first satellites made out of wood by 2023. Sumitomo Forestry said it...
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22 Feb 2021

Red Stag celebrates first CLT job from Rotorua plant

Following their presentation about local manufacture of CLT, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Red Stag Wood Solutions team, alongside Advantage Construction celebrated their first installation of panels from...
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22 Feb 2021

Report Shows Impact Of COVID-19 Is Likely To Be Felt Across The Construction Sector For The Next Few Years

The National Construction Pipeline Report 2020 released today forecasts a short-term decline in construction activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Report commissioned by MBIE provides a projection...
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Featured image for “Strong results from year-long monitoring of mid-rise, timber-framed building = good news for timber in construction”
22 Feb 2021

Strong results from year-long monitoring of mid-rise, timber-framed building = good news for timber in construction

A full year of monitoring the movement and moisture content of a mid-rise, timber-framed building has yielded data that will help build confidence and acceptance of wood in the construction...
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18 Jan 2021

Mass Timber’s Carbon Impact

Though mass timber offers many benefits over traditional building materials, its renewable nature and negative carbon impact are perhaps the most exciting. Turning trees into timber emits fewer greenhouse gases...
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18 Jan 2021

MITOSIS Biophilic Regenerative Ecosystem in Soest

MITOSIS Biophilic Regenerative Ecosystem answers the need for healthy homes has hardly ever been more apparent than during the current global condition. The current efforts to reduce the negative impacts...
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18 Jan 2021

BIG unveils The Village student centre for Johns Hopkins University

Architecture firm BIG has won a competition to design a village-like student centre for the Johns Hopkins research university in Baltimore, Maryland. BIG came up with The Village design proposal...
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18 Jan 2021

BRANZ Scientist Wins Royal Society Te Apārangi Video Competition

BRANZ Materials Scientist, Anna Walsh, has won the professional category of the Royal Society Te Apārangi 180 Seconds of Fascination video competition. This competition is open to early career researchers...
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18 Jan 2021

Three Storey Diagrid Design – Scion Innovation Hub

Scion is a NZ Crown research institute that specialises in research, science and technology development for the forest, wood and wood-derived materials and other biomaterial sectors. TimberLab was involved early...
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07 Dec 2020

The hottest new thing in sustainable building is, uh, wood

The many, many benefits of using wood in place of concrete and steel. Architects, builders, and sustainability advocates are all abuzz over a new building material they say could substantially...
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07 Dec 2020

Rothoblaas: CLT roof supported by columns: 7 x 7 metre grid

The elegant roof structure of Handl Gastro Service is breaking records … The ceiling to the new Gastro Service of Markus Handl Beteiligung GmbH is complete. The new combined trading operation and production...
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07 Dec 2020

Denmark’s first timber parking garage will be enveloped in greenery

Danish architecture studios Open Platform and JAJA Architects have won an open competition to design Denmark’s first all-timber parking garage in the coastal city of Aarhus. Designed with a reduced...
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07 Dec 2020

Mahana House – back to the future

This is a story about a priest, an architect and a builder… Two years ago, Reverend Craig Dixon approached Scott Watson, Business Development Director at Naylor Love, to talk about...
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07 Dec 2020

Nelson Airport wins Gold Award at ACE Awards

Project name: Nelson Airport TerminalConsultant: Dunning Thornton ConsultantsClient: Nelson Airport Limited Nelson Airport Limited wanted a new terminal building that had a visual and spatial impact, without compromising future-flexibility. Dunning...
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07 Dec 2020

Three Studio Pacific projects awarded at Best Design Awards 2020

Congratulations to our clients and project teams for their success at the 2020 Best Design Awards, with three Studio Pacific projects receiving accolades. The Nelson Airport Terminal received a Gold...
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23 Nov 2020

Bringing the outside into the office: Coronavirus bolsters push towards healthier building design

Image: CookFox Architects, a firm in Manhattan that works on sustainability and green spaces in designing buildings, is a showcase for biophilia, with its office building in Midtown equipped with...
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23 Nov 2020

Abodo’s Cardrona Cabin – Wanaka, New Zealand

Designed as a showcase for Abodo, this seemingly simple cabin embodies our motto: Carefully Crafted Timber Set in the heart of Cardrona Valley, in the South Island’s harsh alpine climate,...
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23 Nov 2020

Waechter’s New Mississippi Building

Mississippi is a new mixed-use building located on a prominent commercial avenue in Portland. The building is envisioned as a prototype that works to strike a balance between timelessness and...
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23 Nov 2020

Timberlink plans CLT and GLT plant – New $60m facility to be built by 2023

Timberlink Australia is pleased to announce that following an extensive international review, Danish based Kallesoe Machinery A/S has been selected as the manufacturing equipment supplier for Timberlink’s planned Cross Laminated...
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09 Nov 2020

How can we maximise the benefit for mass timber suppliers from this?

Six storey apartments could be coming to a bus stop near you It is highly likely that the new Labour-led government will repeal the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and replace...
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09 Nov 2020

Improvements To Building Code

Improvements to Building Code cover fire safety requirements, surface water drainage and waterproofing in bathrooms, kitchens and laundries The latest changes to the Building Code will improve fire safety requirements,...
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09 Nov 2020

AUT’s built environment is changing

The way we learn and teach is always changing and AUT’s built environment is changing to meet the challenges of the future. From small beginnings come great things. Nothing could...
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09 Nov 2020

Book Review: Canadian CLT Handbook + Tall Wood Buildings

Canadian CLT Handbook, 2019 Edition Edited by Erol Karacebeyli and Sylvain Gagnon. (FPInnovations, 2019) Tall Wood Buildings: Design, Construction and Performance By Michael Green and Jim Taggart (Birkhauser, 2020) The...
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09 Nov 2020

Building Scientists Concerned Over Building Fire Risks After Proposed Safety Changes Scrapped

A year after the Sky City Convention Centre fire, building scientists Oculus Architectural Engineering, are voicing concerns about the combustibility of cladding still being used on many New Zealand buildings....
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24 Oct 2020

First Look: New Designs For PDX Take Inspiration From the Region

Fast forward to 2025: You’ve just landed at PDX and it’s your first time stepping into the new main terminal, as insiders often call the airport’s central hub. As you glimpse...
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24 Oct 2020

Prefabricated 41-unit apartment block in Wellington to be ready by mid-2021

A $19 million apartment development in Wellington’s Newtown is under construction, but the on-site noise isn’t as loud as people might expect. That’s because the building’s timber walls and floors...
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24 Oct 2020

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios designs carbon negative timber office in London

UK architecture studio Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has designed a six-storey cross-laminated timber office named Paradise, which will be carbon negative to align with its Architects Declare commitments. The architecture...
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10 Oct 2020

binderholz Group wins auction of Klausner Lumber One in Florida, USA and thus expands outside Europe for the first time

The Austrian binderholz Group, based in Fügen, purchased all assets of Klausner Lumber One LLC, based in Live Oak, Suwannee County, Florida, in the auction held on Friday, August 21,...
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05 Oct 2020

As Concerns Over Climate Change Rise, More Developers Turn to Wood

With environmental benefits and lower labor costs, mass timber has grown into a market that could rival steel and concrete in the construction industry. Although it was established in 1873...
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05 Oct 2020

Timberlink selects new CLT & GLT equipment supplier

Timberlink Australia is pleased to announce that following an extensive international review, Danish based Kallesoe Machinery A/S has been selected as the manufacturing equipment supplier for Timberlink’s planned Cross Laminated...
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28 Sep 2020

Speaker Profile: Denise Martin

Denise Martin is a consulting building analyst in the residential and commercial building sectors of New Zealand and Australia. She founded BEO Ltd and is now the Principle Analyst for...
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28 Sep 2020

Europe’s largest timber-frame spec office complex secures funding

The worldwide office market is reeling this year, but a trio of institutional investors are betting big on a massive project in Paris. And it’s made of wood. A joint...
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28 Sep 2020

Cobe unveils pair of tree-like timber charging stations for electric cars in Denmark

Architecture studio Cobe has revealed two charging stations for electric cars in Denmark, which have timber structures designed to create a “restful and Zen-like feel”. Completed as the first of...
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28 Sep 2020

Norway: contract award for the next phase of the world’s longest bridge using structural timber

On Monday 7 September, representatives of the Norwegian road authority Nye Veier and the joint venture BERINOR ANS, associating BESIX and Rizzani de Eccher, signed the contract for the design,...
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21 Sep 2020

Speaker Profile: Katie Symons

Katie Symons is Principal Advisor, Engineering, in the Building System Performance Branch of MBIE. She is leading the development of the whole-of-life embodied carbon framework of MBIE’s Building for Climate...
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21 Sep 2020

A world first: 5-storey hotel made of PEFC-certified timber opened in Austria

The vision to build a hotel entirely of wood has become a reality in the 5* Green Spa Hotel MalisGarten. The hotel opened in June in the Zillertal valley in...
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21 Sep 2020

Sustainability Principles Evident In New Mitre 10 Mega Wanaka Build

Work is progressing at pace on the new Mitre 10 MEGA Wanaka store at Three Parks business centre. The roof is now on, complete with a 900m2 100kva photovoltaic solar...
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20 Sep 2020

Low carbon construction policy a winner for NZ Inc

The government is to be congratulated on implementing its low carbon construction procurement policy. The policy will simultaneously deliver strong economic, social, and environmental outcomes for all New Zealand, and...
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14 Sep 2020

Speaker Profile: Gary Lawson

Gary is one of the founding directors of Stevens Lawson Architects Limited established in 2002. The practice’s strengths lie in the creation of innovative design responses with a high level...
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14 Sep 2020

Stevens Lawson Architects: Auckland City Mission HomeGround

The Auckland City Mission is a charitable organisation that provides professional health and social services to marginalised Aucklanders. Established in 1920, the City Mission forms an important part of the...
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07 Sep 2020

Speaker Profile: Glenn Brebner

Glenn Brebner is the Managing Director of BOON Architects. Sometimes, the seemingly impossible can create a fertile environment for imagination intertwined with hard-nosed pragmatism. This is one of those stories....
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07 Sep 2020

Hotel Reschenhof, Mils | Austria

Once a quaint village inn, nowadays a beautiful 4* hotel. Reschenhof in Mils, not far from the Tyrolean capital Innsbruck, features a special combination of tradition and modernity. The recently...
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06 Sep 2020

Construction Courses Booming As Government COVID Support Measures Ramp Up

Record numbers of people are taking up free courses and strong signs are emerging of firms making use of government support for apprentices, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Chris...
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06 Sep 2020

Luggate Hall Replacement Revealed

Luggate locals were among the first to see a developed design of the permanent replacement for Luggate Memorial Hall at a stakeholders’ group meeting held today. Community Association Chair Graeme...
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31 Aug 2020

Speaker Profile: Kai Kruse

Kai Kruse is the CEO of Nelson Pine Industries, and will be joining us at WoodWorks 2020 to share on Nelson Pine’s experience with the new Nelson Airport building. Kai...
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31 Aug 2020

NKS architects uses criss-crossing laminated timber to design an office in Japan

In Maniwa, Japan, NKS architects has utilized a system of cross laminated timber to design a head office for Meiken Lamwood Corp. The brief called for the original office buildings...
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31 Aug 2020

Social housing with a First Nations basket weave design proposed for Vancouver

The latest social housing building proposal in Vancouver takes on an architecturally unique design and establishes a new green building standard for this type of use. Local non-profit housing developer M’akola...
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24 Aug 2020

Speaker Profile: Jason Cordes

Jason Cordes is the Managing Director of Red Stag Investments & Wood Solutions. Red Stag has partnered with the Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) and the Primary Growth Partnership Programme...
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24 Aug 2020

Fast + Epp’s mass timber headquarters hits major construction milestone

Construction of Fast + Epp’s four-storey mass timber hybrid office located near Vancouver’s Broadway and Cambie intersection has been completed. The new building was erected at 7th Ave. and Yukon...
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18 Aug 2020

Vale Gary Caulfield

It is with great sadness that we inform you Gary Caulfield passed away last week. His passing leaves a massive gap in our mass timber construction industry.  From our experience,...
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16 Aug 2020

Clearwater Quays – TimberLab

The manufacturing team has been working hard over the last few months, completing hundreds of prefabricated parts in order to commence the factory assembly of 55 large structural frames for...
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16 Aug 2020

France’s Drive for Wood Buildings

Timber is increasingly being viewed by the international community as a vital tool in the fight against climate change, due to the material providing an immensely beneficial carbon store in...
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14 Aug 2020

Fast + Epp Head Office – by Tectonus

It is a milestone project for Kiwi company Tectonus – their first in North America and they are thrilled to be working with Paul Fast and his team on the...
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10 Aug 2020

Speaker Profile: Daniela Vassura, Jasmax

Daniela is an architect based in the Auckland office for Jasmax. One of the key projects she led with Jasmax was the 14000sqm Park Lane Living Well Village, where she...
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