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The World Conference on Timber Engineering 2012 showcases technological advances, research and design innovations.

   

Calling all architects….

A significant international event is happening in Auckland this month – and you’re in its sights.


The World Conference on Timber Engineering 2012 on July 15-19 is an opportunity to hear about the latest technological advances, research and design innovations. And for the first time in the event’s history, this year there will be a specific architect’s programme.

 

Supported by The New Zealand Institute of Architects, the Architect’s Day on Wednesday July 18 will present a range of architectural case studies of innovative timber design, including ‘Highly Insulated Wooden Structures in a Nordic Climate’, ‘CLT Apartment Blocks for the Sydney Affordable Housing Market’ and ‘Traditional External Timber Cladding in Mediterranean Climates’.

 

Architectural technical issues up for discussion include ‘A Building System for Connected Sustainability’, ‘Calculations and Measurements of Moisture and Temperature in Passive House Walls Made of Wood for a Moisture Safe Design’ and ‘Innovative Use of Timber Rounds in High Performance Structures’.

 

Keynote speaker Michael Green – presenting via video link from the US –is recognised for his award-winning buildings, public art, interiors, landscapes and urban environments. Michael’s current work includes designing a sustainable community in the mountains of Central Asia. A teacher at UBC School of Architecture, he lectures extensively around the world on the future of carbon neutral large urban buildings.

 

The conference comes at a time when innovations in engineered timber are facilitating exciting design opportunities. This is evident here in a host of cutting-edge New Zealand buildings using the EXPAN post-tensioned engineered timber  system. Developed by the Structural Timber Innovation Company (STIC), EXPAN has been used in the landmark NMIT Arts and Media Building in Nelson and the capital’s newly opened CoCA building at Massey University.

 

STIC Chief Executive Robert Finch says designers are now appreciating that timber is a viable alternative to concrete and steel and many have clients asking them about timber options for new buildings.

 

“And they’re reaping the rewards of seismic strength, sustainability and natural beauty that comes with using engineered timber. It’s fantastic to see New Zealand host this international forum, and I’d encourage all architects to make the most of the wealth of knowledge and creativity here on our shores, all in the one place.”

 

Visit www.conference.co.nz/wcte2012 for more information and registration



 

The conference comes at a time when innovations in engineered timber are facilitating exciting design opportunities. This is evident here in a host of cutting-edge New Zealand buildings using the EXPAN post-tensioned engineered timber system.



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