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George the Farmer goes ‘In the Classroom’ with three new videos
ForestLearning has released three new ‘In the Classroom’ educational videos, to help teachers and students gain a better understanding of the benefits of forestry and where our wood and paper comes from, in partnership with George the Farmer.
The videos feature Simone and Ben alongside the much-loved children’s character and ABC TV star, George the Farmer, exploring key forestry and wood themes. The videos provide students with a visual demonstration of hands-on activities in ForestLearning’s George the Farmer Sustainable Forest Management Educators Toolkit, which was released last year for primary school students in Foundation to Grade 4.
For the uninitiated, George the Farmer is a character created especially for children, with a mission to help kids connect to the earth, food, fibre and farms. Based in Mount Gambier SA, the team behind George the Farmer have partnered with ForestLearning, the Green Triangle Forestry Hub and the SA Kids to Farms project to create a suite of fun learning resources, picture storybooks and engaging videos.
This latest suite of classroom video tools produced by ForestLearning accompanies the George the Farmer Educators Toolkit and provides teachers with additional aids for visual learners. More information about George can be found at www.georgethefarmer.com.au.
The themes and hands on activities covered in the three latest videos include:
Forester Sarah Madison of OneFortyOne plantations demonstrates for students some of the high tech that foresters use to count trees by flying drones or ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ (UAVs) and how LiDAR is used for planning in forestry. Following this, George, Simone and Ben head to George’s paddock to count the trees themselves.
Schools can join in with Australia’s biggest tree planters – forestry – for Schools Tree Day and beyond by watching this episode. Simone, Ben and George discuss what makes wood a renewable resource, with particular focus on the fact that for every tree harvested, another is replanted or regenerated for future generations.
Simone, Ben and George explore the important role of trees in helping fight climate change by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and converting that to wood. George and Ben meet with expert forester Clinton Sim (of Green Triangle Forest Products). Clinton measures the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) a plantation pine tree has offset so far in its lifetime using the ForestLearning Tree Carbon Storage Tape Measure.
After watching the videos, teachers and students are invited to plant, count and even hug trees while simultaneously investigating their carbon storage capacity. These activities and more are free to download for schools from the ForestLearning website.
“If there’s one thing we have learned over the past few years, it’s that it is more important than ever to continue to develop initiatives and education tools that make learning for school children in classrooms accessible, fun and with an extension for hands-on practical learning. And what better way to achieve this that with George the Farmer!” said Beth Welden, ForestLearning Program Manager.
And if school students can’t get enough of George the Farmer, a variety of additional activities, videos, George the Farmer ForestryVR™ and educator toolkits can be found by visiting ForestLearning’s website and viewing the George the Farmer’s complete forestry educators toolkit. These resources are full of engaging, multimedia-rich student activities and projects, perfect for classroom or home school learning.
Changes coming to National Construction Code 2022
The National Construction Code (NCC) 2022, which was initially slated for release in September, has been delayed and is now unlikely to be published until at least October.
Here, we provide an overview of what the forestry and wood products sector can expect.
The NCC sets the minimum technical design and construction provisions for Australian buildings, and several changes included will impact the way timber can be used.
As part of the development process of the NCC 2022, FWPA submitted several proposals seeking modifications or additions in relation to the use of timber products. Unfortunately, due to the volume of requests received, the majority of timber-related requests will not be considered until the code is revisited again in 2025.
One timber-related change proposed by FWPA that was accepted as part of the new NCC relates to the attachment of timber decking. This update involves the accepted sizes of ledger plates (also known as ‘wall plates’), which are used to attach decking to buildings or structures.
Specifically, the minimum size of ledger plates has been reduced to a standard/common timber size, and typically available fixings have been nominated for the fixing of the plates. This modification will mean the ledger plates used going forward will better accommodate common timber element sizes and fixings.
The NCC 2022 will also require the installation of ‘accessibility features’, with a view to increasing the stock of accessible housing to support Australians with disability and older Australians, their families, and carers.
Implications of this change for the use of timber might include the installation of wooden ramps to provide step-free access to raised timber floors; installation of grab rails in toilets, showers and baths created using timber noggings or sheeting, and the requirement for wider timber doors, door frames, and wall frames.
Significant changes have also been made in relation to improving the energy efficiency of construction practices, many of which will impact how timber is used in buildings post-adoption.
Read more on the range of changes of interest to the industry on the National Construction Code website.
In light of the NCC 2022 changes, all WoodSolutions technical design guides that reference the code need to be updated to ensure any changes to the various clause numbers are accurately reflected. The authors of these guides are in the process of checking all content and making updates where appropriate.
Boosting gender diversity in the forestry sector
FWPA continues to support the Australian forestry industry’s commitment to increasing the participation of women across the sector workforce, through its involvement with the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Diversity and Inclusion Charter.
The results of the third annual industry-wide survey on the topic are soon to be released.
The Charter sets out eight commitments aimed at improving diversity and inclusion within the industry. Participating organisations are required to report on their progress through an annual survey, with data collected and analysed in collaboration between AFPA and FWPA.
More information on the Charter can be found at the AFPA website.
The industry-wide annual survey was completed for a second time by 21 participating companies across the forest growers and processors sector in 2021. The results of this survey showed the gender composition of the industry was 21 per cent women, and 79 per cent men. This represented a 1 per cent increase of women employed year-on-year.
Of the 21 participating companies, 95 per cent reported having a gender diversity policy in place, which represented an increase of almost 15 per cent in comparison to the previous year’s results.
This survey plays a vital role in enabling the industry to monitor the results of their positive efforts in the diversity and inclusion policy area, and with every year’s results the industry is empowered with more data to draw on for analysis.
The results of the third annual industry-wide survey, which has been completed by 25 companies, are set to be released later this month, so make sure to keep an eye out for details in a future edition of ForWood.
Wood science convention offers a glimpse into the future of timber use
The 65th Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) International Convention was held between July 10 and 15 at Kingscliff, NSW, covering the very latest findings in timber research, as well as some exciting potential future developments.
150 delegates from 21 countries attended the event, under the theme “A Global Perspective of the Present and Future Utilisation of Renewable Materials”.
As part of the convention, FWPA’s R&D Manager Chris Lafferty gave a presentation on the vast suite of available WoodSolutions resources.
There was also a presentation from a remarkable family duo! Professor and Director of the Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life Jeff Morrell and Dr Ian Morrell of Oregon State University both presented on Stiffness and energy characterisation of fungi-degraded cross-laminated timber (CLT) connections.
We asked three delegates to share their thoughts and key takeaways from the event, some highlights of which are included below ...
Professor Keith Crews, Professor and Director at the Centre for Future Timber Structures, University of Queensland, and Emeritus Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney, said he was pleased to see a strong Australian contingent at the convention, representing a breadth of disciplines and expertise from across the supply chain.
“While several presentations were focused on what I would consider fundamental wood and fibre science research, there was a significant number of excellent technical presentations focusing on the engineering performance of wood products for the built environment – particularly focusing on mass timber products,” said Crews.
“A presentation given by Mahboobeh Hemmati of the University of Arkansas titled Life cycle assessment of construction processes in mass timber structures covered research concerning the determination of embodied carbon using mass timber, while highlighting the need to mitigate the global warming potential associated with transporting materials to site.
“David Barber of Arup presented The promise of affordable multi-storey modular mass timber housing: an unfulfilled agenda.
“Barber discussed opportunities for the timber industry to create high value engineered timber products, utilising factory built, prefabricated volumetric modular construction. The presentation demonstrated how vertical integration of the supply chain can result in minimal on-site construction, with benefits including improved quality, safety and efficiency, and the development of cost-effective and sustainable housing.
“Ian Morrell of Oregon State University presented on Volumetric and fracture effects due to moisture intrusion in Douglas-fir larch cross-laminated timber, highlighting that while mass timber elements have many advantages, they are also still susceptible to environmental damage, including moisture intrusion and eventual biological degradation.
“This presentation covered excellent research and practical applications that are invaluable for developing ‘best practice processes’ for the construction of mass timber buildings to ensure they remain durable and perform as intended,” said Crews.
Dr Nathan Kotlarewski, Research Fellow in Timber Design and Production at the University of Tasmania, said the range of materials covered was diverse, and included hemp, sorghum and coconut, as well as typical hardwoods and softwoods.
“There were some innovative investigations with respect to shear testing, fire performance, non-destructive static load testing, and the use of photogrammetry to construct digital representations of structures,” said Kotlarewski.
Dr Kyra Wood, Principal Researcher at the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) said many of the presentations focused on key concepts that relate to the value and use of timber and wood products in the built environment, namely carbon sequestration, waste reduction and value adding, life cycle assessment, circular economies, and commoditisation.
“While the production of steel and concrete generates large amounts of greenhouse gases, the fact that timber has the capacity to absorb carbon and store it in the long-term is an important point of difference,” said Wood.
“However, timber production also results in immediate greenhouse gas emissions. While some is stored, some is also released, for example through wood drying related emissions, or decaying forest residues.
“Measuring how much carbon can be stored in timber and wood products and how that compares to the emissions that production generates is a tricky but necessary piece of the puzzle for claims that timber and wood products are more sustainable than alternative materials.
“On this point, Professor Steven Kelley of North Carolina State University gave an interesting account of how to measure and analyse carbon flows in wood production and suggested that direct plot or coupe level analysis (i.e., keeping the focus small and targeted) is one of the more reliable ways to properly understand how much carbon can be ‘captured’ in a particular operation.
“Professor Kelley also talked about the aspects to measure when considering whether timber production can be considered carbon neutral. Kelley suggested these should be compared against the longevity of a timber structure, or the carbon recaptured by planting new trees to replace those harvested.
“Using forest resources efficiently and sustainably, improving recovery and reducing waste were key themes across the whole conference. This was reflected in a presentation given by Dr Mauricio Acuna of the University of the Sunshine Coast on upcoming work using increasingly powerful and easy-to-access light detection and ranging, or Lidar, technology.
“Dr Acuna proposed that Lidar and other remote sensing technology can be used to reduce waste during harvesting operations. This technology has the potential to rapidly assess and evaluate critical tree features and characteristics to help harvesters optimise cutting patterns.
“Meanwhile, Gavin Matthews from the Engineered Wood Products Association Australasia presented an interesting proposal for researching new methods to re-use and recycle treated and engineered wood products, as well as investigating the industrial feasibility of processing treated or glued, second-hand wood products,” said Wood.
Dr Wood was also recognised in Women Ambassadors Creating the Future of Wood Science poster display. The SWST-sponsored exhibition was designed to celebrate women ambassadors over time and will now be traveling around the world.
Congratulations to Professor Jeff Morrell
In addition, FWPA congratulates Professor Jeff Morrell on his election as SWST President for the 2023 year, which was announced during the convention.
CEO hits the road to meet members
FWPA’s CEO Andrew Leighton has been busy travelling Australia in recent months to visit forestry and wood products businesses as part of his ‘Meet the members’ tour.
Andrew has already visited member companies in Victoria, southern Queensland and the Green Triangle, with plans to head to Western Australia and Tasmania.
“So far I have visited or met with around 40 member companies, and a similar number of research partners, suppliers and other industry associations,” said Leighton.
“The aim has been to get a feel for how they view FWPA, and to get their input on how we can better serve their needs and deliver value to the industry.
“The visits have also provided an opportunity to further build and strengthen relationships with members, gain an in-depth understanding of what they do and discuss pressing industry issues.
“The ultimate goal is better member engagement and two-way communication going forward, and an FWPA that is better attuned to members views and needs,” said Leighton.
During one particular visit, Andrew and FWPA R&D Manager Chris Lafferty called into the Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) site at Heyfield, Victoria, where they met the team and were given an overview of the company’s revolutionary MASSLAM shed.
The shed is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, including fully automated, industry leading Hundegger technology and is responsible for the production of the company’s unique MASSLAM range of mass timber solutions. This range includes hardwood and softwood beams, columns, floors and roof structures produced using sustainably harvested glue-laminated hardwood (GLH) or glue-laminated timber (GLT) — also known as ‘glulam’.
This visit provided a valuable opportunity for FWPA to deepen its insights into the innovative activities of an FWPA member.
If you would be interested in having a conversation with Andrew about your business and its activities, the door is always open for discussions and meetings. We encourage you to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wood – The Ultimate Renewable™ reaches far and wide
Earlier this year, FWPA unveiled the latest consumer marketing initiative for The Ultimate Renewable™. The campaign marked a new brand ambassador, Adam Dovile.
The aim of the campaign, which launched on Sunday 19 June and ran for two months, was to reinforce public awareness of wood’s sustainable characteristics as well as generate consumer and industry engagement with The Ultimate Renewable™ brand.
Newly released results show how far The Ultimate Renewable™ message has spread.
The campaign was launched during the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) meeting and dinner on 14 June and was extremely well-received by industry members in attendance.
A highlight of the campaign was new television advertisements that appeared nationally across eight networks, including Ten, Nine, Seven, WIN, Prime, Southern Cross Austereo, SBS and Foxtel plus out of home billboards and signage.
Dovile was front and centre in the TV campaign. A highly skilled builder and carpenter with a genuine love of timber, he passionately discussed the advantages of forest and wood products.
These advertisements were supported by promotional social media activity, magazines, podcasts, and billboards in both metro and regional locations.
The campaign has driven strong engagement. The Ultimate Renewable™ website received 48,437 page views throughout the campaign, which represents a huge increase of 1,911 per cent. On social media, 1.9 million were reached on Facebook and 251,358 on Instagram.
Andrew Leighton, CEO of FWPA, said the decision to resume consumer advertising for The Ultimate Renewable™ was largely a result of increased interest in sustainability amongst the community.
“The Ultimate Renewable™ is the perfect vehicle to help companies and individuals adopt sustainable practices by using wood, and it is encouraging to see through the results of this campaign that its messages are truly resonating with consumers and inspiring them to take action,” added Leighton.
Following the campaign, FWPA is planning to conduct a post-campaign customer survey, to measure success and engagement, and gain a thorough and current understanding of community perception around wood and forestry. The results of this survey will be shared in a future edition of ForWood.
The Ultimate Renewable™ brand was initially developed and launched in 2019. Alongside consumer advertising activities, a key element of the brand is the universal, positive communications message it has created for the forestry sector to share.
Since the latest campaign launched, there has been a huge uptick in signups from industry members to The Ultimate Renewable™ Partner Program. Stakeholders continue to enthusiastically incorporate the brand into their own collateral, by downloading the logo, banner ads and videos for use on everything from letterheads to invoices, websites, truck signage, packaging, and even branded cakes!
“Industry response to The Ultimate Renewable™ continues to be incredibly positive. It is heartening to see that it has been embraced across our industry,” said Eileen Newbury, Head of Marketing and Communications at FWPA.
“With the recent marketing activity having stimulated fresh interest in the brand amongst consumers, there’s no better time to consider incorporating The Ultimate Renewable™ assets into your own collateral. Doing so will help to further extend the reach of the brand’s crucial messages and remind your customers about the renewable and sustainable nature of your wood products.”
In addition to downloading the branding assets, members can purchase branded merchandise at The Ultimate Renewable™ online store. From pens and pencils to coasters, bags, caps, T-shirts and even chopping boards, all items are available at cost price, exclusively for our program partners. To find out more, click here.
Say “No” To Misleading Marketing Claims
The Misleading Claims Kit has recently been updated to help the forestry and wood products industry identify and act against misleading environmental marketing claims that may reduce the appeal of timber and wood products.
The kit has been prepared with members and the supply chain in mind and will provide a resource to help our industry formulate legitimate environmental claims about the benefits of timber in promotional materials.
Any company, whether operating in the forest and wood products industry or a competing industry, takes a serious risk when promoting misleading environmental claims intended to generate profit by falsely positioning products as ‘beneficial for the environment’. This practice is known as greenwashing.
This resource was created in response to concerns raised with FWPA by industry members regarding misleading or deceptive public statements made by non-wood competitors.
“Members will benefit from guidance around what actions can be taken to remove or report misleading environmental claims about wood, as well as about competing materials,” Eileen Newbury, Head of Marketing and Communications at FWPA.
Information and resources included in the kit will empower members to act against false statements that could prove damaging to the forest and wood products industry.
“When a business manufactures, supplies or advertises products or services with statements about environmental credentials and impact, it is essential to ensure all claims are accurate and verifiable,” said Newbury.
Where false environmental claims are made, a breach of the misleading and deceptive conduct and false representation provisions covered by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and other regulatory bodies may have occurred.
These bodies regularly monitor environmental claims made by businesses, meaning there’s a high likelihood that those engaging in greenwashing will be identified.
“Where breaches occur, the offending party can find themselves facing serious consequences. Aside from the legal and financial repercussions, businesses may also suffer commercially and risk reputational damage,” said Newbury.
Clear examples are included in the kit to help guide the industry in identifying where a breach may have occurred. Sample letters of concern, complaint and warning are also included for those inspired to take action.
Equally as important is the inclusion of guidance specifically designed to support the forestry and wood products sector in remaining compliant and properly verifying its own environmental claims. This information will help members avoid committing damaging breaches of their own.
The full kit can be found by clicking here.
Add Star Power with Better Homes & Gardens’ Adam Dovile
The recently launched consumer marketing campaign for The Ultimate Renewable™ features television ads fronted by Adam Dovile of Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens.
Adam’s involvement as the new brand ambassador for The Ultimate Renewable™ will now extend beyond Australia’s television screens, and into the industry itself, with an offer of special industry fee for appearances at FWPA member events.
If you’re planning a conference, networking event, awards ceremony, Q&A session, or any other professional function, why not consider engaging Adam to take on the hosting duties?
“Adam is an experienced, charismatic and engaging speaker, and a wonderful asset to our industry,” said Eileen Newbury Head of Marketing and Communications at FWPA.
“This is the first time any external media talent has agreed to support us in this way. It’s an extremely exciting opportunity, and we hope members of the forest and wood products industry will enthusiastically take Adam up on his generous offer.”
A highly skilled builder and carpenter with a genuine love of timber, Adam can be seen in recent The Ultimate Renewable™ advertisements speaking passionately and knowledgably about the advantages of forest and wood products.
Speaking at the time of the campaign’s launch, Adam said he hoped the ads would further the brand’s mission to help shift attitudes around wood among the public and construction industry.
Any member keen to investigate engaging Adam to support their event should reach out to Cathy Baker at CMC Talent Management in the first instance, by emailing email@example.com
All email requests should include:
- the date and time of the event
- the length of the engagement
- the purpose of the event
- information on travel time
- what Adam will be required to do — i.e. MC duties, networking, photo opportunities etc.
- the name of company representative who will accompany Adam during the event
- the dress code.
Fees will be negotiated based on the specifics of the request, and what Adam will be required to do. It is also worth noting that, as Adam is based in Melbourne, members wishing to engage him for regional or interstate events will be responsible for funding travel, accommodation and expenses.
Keeping our wood safe and biosecure through research
The recent 2022 Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) Symposium in Adelaide attracted more than 100 pest and disease experts, researchers and growers from across Australia and overseas.
The two-day, biannual symposium showcased the latest research on combatting threats to Australian plants.
In May 2022, the PBRI hosted the event with the support of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australia’s plant-industry Rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs), and Plant Health Australia, bringing together the scientific community and key industry members. Delegates attended presentations focusing on many pests and diseases, with local researchers sharing new findings and breakthroughs, and overseas counterparts conveying valuable lessons learned elsewhere in the world.
The program included two keynote presentations. Ben Harris, Viticulture Manager Australia & New Zealand at Treasury Wine Estates, presented Biosecurity insights from the vineyard. Joel Willis, Principal Director — Detection Capability and Emerging Technology at the Biosecurity Operations Division of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, focused on Advances in technology for biosecurity risk detection.
Meanwhile, five speakers presented details of FWPA-funded research.
Dr Angus Carnegie, Principal Research Scientist at the NSW Department of Primary Industries, spoke about his research into social license as it relates to tree removal as a method of limiting the spread of exotic pests and diseases.
Carnegie noted many examples from around the world where adequate engagement wasn’t conducted with residents and stakeholders before tree removal took place, and discussed the need for more participatory processes to gauge acceptability of this practice in specific instances.
Dr Andy Howe of the University of the Sunshine Coast spoke about the high levels of damage caused by Gonipterus weevils in Australian eucalypt plantations, which many have attributed to a lack of natural local enemies. Consequently, efforts are underway to develop a framework for the discovery of effective biocontrol agents in the fight against this pest.
Meanwhile, Dr Helen Nahrung, of the University of the Sunshine Coast, described work around the criteria used in biosecurity risk assessments at Australian borders for the arrival, establishment, spread, and potential impact of pests and diseases.
Also in this space, Francisco (Paco) Tovar, of Plant Health Australia, outlined the National Forest Pest Surveillance Program, which will commence operation in 2022–23. This cross-sectoral partnership will see government, the forestry sector, and stakeholder community groups across Australia work together on the implantation of post-border surveillance, including expert-driven site monitoring and stakeholder surveillance in areas considered to be at high risk of exotic pest entry — commonly urban centres surrounding major ports and airports.
And Conrad Trollip, PhD candidate working with Agriculture Victoria, described his work exploring environmental DNA sampling of fungal pests in forest species as a more rapid method of detection when compared to current practices.
PBRI Program Director Dr Jo Luck said pests and diseases put Australia’s more than $33 billion plant industries at risk, including the forestry industry, which is thought to be worth approximately $9.2 billion.
“Having industries work together through platforms such as the PBRI is vital,” Dr Luck said.
“This event provided attendees with insight into the latest innovations to help limit the destruction of our crops, and support the longevity of Australian plant industries.”
More details on the symposium can be found by clicking here.
Along with the other plant-industry RDCs, FWPA formed the PBRI as a vehicle for collaboration in biosecurity research and development. As a result, MoUs have been established with several international biosecurity research groups, including New Zealand’s B3, Europe’s Euphresco, and Australia’s ACIAR.
A new era for the successful Mid-rise Advisory Program
The Mid-rise Advisory Program (MAP) is entering its next phase, which will see the management baton passed from the existing, dedicated MAP team into the capable hands of WoodSolutions.
Since 2016, the MAP team developed a strong reputation for providing expert, impartial advice to building and design professionals and key industry decision makers. In partnership with the federal government and industry sponsors, this unique program has become renowned for engaging and educating the construction industry around the benefits of timber and supporting specific project applications using engineered wood products (EWPs).
Comprised of Australia’s leading technical specialists with experience in architecture, structural engineering and costing, the team has shared information based on up-to-date research findings to progress the adoption of timber in mid-rise construction. Members have acted as advisors and facilitators, helping project teams to optimise and realise the benefits of timber systems.
The program has enjoyed great success that following its initial three-year pilot period in Victoria and Queensland, it was expanded to cover all Australian east coast states, along with additional limited coverage for South Australia and Western Australia. This development was a strong endorsement of everything the program achieved during its first three years.
Since the program’s inception, it was agreed funding arrangements would be reviewed at the six-year mark, and in the event that industry partners elected not to continue their funding contributions, management, contacts and resources would be handed over to the WoodSolutions team.
After careful consideration by members, the MAP program has drawn to a close. During an ongoing period of handover, WoodSolutions is working closely with the MAP team (as it has done throughout its existence) to ensure the many exciting ongoing projects are completed as intended. Beyond this, WoodSolutions will work to build on the impressive legacy created by the founding team.
Going forward, WoodSolutions will respond to all enquiries from the construction industry about timber use, as well as providing up-to-date information on mid-rise buildings and EWPs, including the wealth of resources and technical design guides developed under the program through the years.
Andrew Leighton, CEO of FWPA, thanked the MAP team for its ongoing hard work, enthusiasm and commitment, and the difference members have made during the past six years.
“When the MAP team started out, the Australian construction industry had very little experience or knowledge of how wood could be used effectively and safely, particularly in mid-rise buildings,” said Andrew.
“The team’s hard work and expertise has educated the marketplace about the significant value and many benefits associated with the use of EWPs.
“Thanks to the team’s incredible efforts, in 2022 there is a large cohort of consultants and industry stakeholders who are not only comfortable using EWPs in construction, but who have become keen advocates for them.
“As a result, we can say with confidence there are many mid-rise timber buildings standing across Australia today that simply would not have been possible without the expert input of this team.
“The team is to be commended and congratulated for everything it has achieved, and the solid foundation it has provided for WoodSolutions to continue building upon long into the future.”
Just a few of the many significant projects developed with input from the MAP team include the Bendigo GovHub in Victoria, Monterey Apartments at Queensland’s Kangaroo Point, and the Honeysuckle Building at the University of Newcastle.
In addition, the program facilitated Victoria’s Holmesglen TAFE becoming home to a full-scale, eight-storey, mid-rise demonstration building using engineered wood products. The model allows students to see first-hand what timber can be used to achieve in construction.
Going forward, anybody with queries relating to timber use in mid-rise construction should email – firstname.lastname@example.org.