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FRAME 2018 PARTNER BACKS COLLABORATION

THIS YEAR’S FRAME AUSTRALIA EVENT ‘TIMBER OFFSITE CONSTRUCTION’ HAS ENGAGED SMARTSTRUCT AS PRINCIPAL PARTNER.

SmartStruct is the innovative design team of Tilling Timber, a leading Australian distributor of engineered wood products.

Tilling National Sales and Marketing Manager Leon Quinn confirmed the SmartStruct design team, which is part of the SmartFrame Design Centre, had a focus on providing collaborative timber building solutions, in commercial or specialised pre-fabrication, and delivering engineered wood products into new applications.

“Our National Design Team now has 45 designers that design engineered wood product solutions,” he said. The team are comprised of engineers, draftsmen, in-house trained designers, and includes former carpenters and tradesmen.

Tilling caters for a range of clients, from large businesses to smaller independents. “We also have the resources to research, develop and innovate to expand market opportunities,” Quinn said.

With engineered wood products continuing to be the fastest growing segment in the timber industry, Tecbeam, which the company produces under licence, is a heavy-duty composite metal and timber beam that can support high loads, rivalling steel and concrete designs in commercial and multi-residential construction.

Complementing Tecbeam with Magnesium Oxide, Fibre Cement or lightweight autoclaved concrete (AAC) floor panels creates high performance floor systems, and for walls the inclusion of cladding combined with insulation, provides a complete and economical building solution.

“If timber is going to have any meaningful impact in commercial mid-rise, non-residential, or government projects, it needs to dovetail effectively with other elements to make a comprehensive lightweight system.”

With the construction industry increasingly risk-averse, shown by the ripple effect into Australia of the London tower fire – and the cladding fire in the Melbourne Docklands building, he added:

“Today’s builders have to tick all the boxes. We need to give builders and developers confidence in providing a complete lightweight building solution for thermal, fire, acoustic, general vibration, and of course structural performance.

Our structural systems need to be matched up with claddings, linings, flooring, membranes, fire systems etc. It’s the way we interact with other building elements – to be aligned and to be an ally”.

 

Technology that stacks up: Smartstruct’s vision is to supply a complete lightweight solution offering thermal, fire, acoustic, vibration and structural performance.
Technology that stacks up: Smartstruct’s vision is to supply a complete lightweight solution offering thermal, fire, acoustic, vibration and structural performance.
Technology that stacks up: Smartstruct’s vision is to supply a complete lightweight solution offering thermal, fire, acoustic, vibration and structural performance.
Technology that stacks up: Smartstruct’s vision is to supply a complete lightweight solution offering thermal, fire, acoustic, vibration and structural performance.

 

Forums like Frame Australia enabled the company to challenge existing methods and consider market segments it wasn’t currently participating strongly in, he said.

“Frame Australia is not just timber people talking about timber – there is exchange within Frame on a lot of associated construction topics,”

“We chose the Frame Australia 2018 ‘Timber Offsite Construction’ event as an ideal platform to communicate our new ideas to the building design and construction sectors, along with our partners in the timber supply chain.” ■

Frame 2018, titled ‘Timber Offsite Construction’, will be held on Monday and Tuesday 18-19 June at Park Hyatt Melbourne.


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