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Can Tall Buildings be Sustainable?

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Release Date: 10/13/2021

The Bond - 7 Storey Post and Beam Structure show art The Bond - 7 Storey Post and Beam Structure

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Carved from robust engineered timber and clad in high-performance glass, The Bond is a state-of-the-art building represents the future of office design, with 7-storeys of mass timber glulam frame supporting Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) floor and roof panels. In this episode we're speaking with the Jessica Rodham, the Project Architect from Fitzpatrick and Partners about the reasons behind choosing timber, the unique challenges of the building and keys for project success. If you want to learn more about designing or building with timber, I recommend you go to the WoodSolutions Website and...

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Keys to Rapid Installation show art Keys to Rapid Installation

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Prefabricated timber buildings can be much faster than traditional construction, only if the rate of installation is optimised for. Unfortunately, sometimes the installation is an afterthought, and the original promises of significant program savings can quickly fade away. Here, the installers perspective is critical to enable fast construction. In this episode we're speaking with Chris Wood the General Manager of StandStruct about: The benefits of engaging an installer early on in projects The importance of co-ordinating between timber non-timber interfaces, And strategies for enabling...

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Innovation via Prefabrication in Residential Construction show art Innovation via Prefabrication in Residential Construction

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Offsite construction is still in its infancy and is currently in the process of scaling up. The benefits in terms of speed on productivity are well known, however, there are benefits that come far beyond that. Mirvac, one of Australia's largest builders is leading the way in this space, and today we get to speak with David Haller the National Operations Manager about: The journey of Mirvac into offsite construction The balance of prefabrication and architectural intent And where the industry is heading in the medium-long term If you want to learn more about designing or building with timber,...

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Sara Cultural Center - Innovation in Mass Timber show art Sara Cultural Center - Innovation in Mass Timber

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

The Sara Cultural Centre is one of the world's tallest timber buildings. The 20 storey award winning project, designed by White Arkitekter is constructed largely from timber in local forests, contributing to sustainability in terms of the building and its content. Built from a combination of (CLT) and (glulam), the project in Skellefteå includes a theatre, gallery, library, museum and a hotel. In this episode we're speaking with Florian Kosche, the Project Structural Engineer about the he keys to the successful project delivery.  If you want to learn more about designing or building...

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Timber and Building Physics show art Timber and Building Physics

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Building physics is often underappreciated, despite being critical for safe and healthy buildings. Although most of us aren't taught at universities, it is increasingly important and now included in our building codes. In today's episode we're speaking with Darren O'Dea, co-founder and Director of Speckel () about: The fundamentals of building physics How to successfully model for condensation Best building design practices. If you want to learn more about designing or building with timber, I recommend you go to the WoodSolutions Website and download the Technical Design Guides: I recommend...

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Construction Engineering show art Construction Engineering

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

As we're continuing to innovate and build taller timber buildings, the installation process is sometimes an afterthought. With good planning, the installation can be de-risked and improve the overall program. In this episode, we're speaking with Lincoln Ladds who is an Associate Engineer at TTW about: The challenges around mixing materials on a project The temporary works design considerations And major lessons learned in construction engineering for the projects he's been part of If you want to learn more about designing or building with timber, I recommend you go to the WoodSolutions...

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Minimising Digital Waste with BIM show art Minimising Digital Waste with BIM

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

As the digital revolution continues along, the construction industry is adopting new processes. At the center of all this is building information modelling, which includes a whole ecosystem of plugins that can solve unique problems. In this episode we're speaking with Virginia Senf from UNIFI Labs about: How to minimize digital waste, How to improve current workflows using BIM, Reducing friction in the implementation of BIM If you want to learn more about designing or building with timber, I recommend you go to the WoodSolutions Website and download the Technical Design Guides: I recommend...

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Regenerative Design show art Regenerative Design

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

The current status quo is to apply the concept of ‘sustainability’ to the discourse of our actions in planning, design, development, manufacturing, and construction, even agriculture and forestry. However, sustainability may not be enough, as to ‘sustain’ is still part of a degenerating system – we need to go beyond sustainability to move from a degenerative system to a regenerative system. Regenerative Design provides the opportunity to restore, renew, revitalise, and replenish our natural resources. The aim of the process is to achieve net-positive impacts for nature, ecology,...

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Productisation of Construction show art Productisation of Construction

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

In construction, there is a plethora of disruptive technologies that can be used to change the way we design, model and build. New disruptive technologies means new opportunities, and perhaps none mores than the productisation of construction. Today we’re lucky to be speaking with Amy Marks VP Industrialised Construction Strategy, or better known as the Queen of Prefab about: The shift to productisation Why data for manufacturing assembly is the new DfMA, And all things regarding the transformation of construction If you want to learn more about designing or building with timber, I...

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Rethinking Design show art Rethinking Design

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Recently, new products have come onto the market and have enabled designers to change the way we build. Engineers have new tools in the kit, which are going to be vital as we approach net zero. Andrew Lawrence is Arup’s global timber specialist, and in this episode we discuss: How timber is changing the way we build Using timber to enhance seismic performance Using timber alongside other hybrid materials If you want to learn more about designing or building with timber, I recommend you go to the WoodSolutions Website and download the Technical Design Guides: I recommend watching the...

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More Episodes

In order to achieve zero carbon goals, we need to measure both operational and embodied carbon impacts, for short and tall buildings. Different densities indeed pose different challenges. In this episode we’re speaking with Philip Oldfield (Associate Professor at UNSW) about:

— the challenges for sustainability in high-rise and mid-rise buildings

  • What are the solutions on offer to reduce embodied carbon impacts
  • What are the most important design aspects to get right with timber

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