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New Research Into Fire Dynamics of Wooden Buildings

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Release Date: 07/18/2022

Eric Tweedle Stadium - Australia’s First Timber Stadium show art Eric Tweedle Stadium - Australia’s First Timber Stadium

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Eric Tweedle Stadium is a new sports facility, consisting of mass timber with 9.5m cantilevers. This new state-of-the-art community sports pavilion is home to the first-grade Two Blues Rugby Union team, with seating for 750 spectators, and is the first mass-timber framed grandstand structure in Australia. The project won the 2021 Timber Design Award amongst strong competition. In this episode we're speaking with Ivana Simkovic project architect from DWP and Nick Boey the project Engineer from Northrop about the design, installation and keys to the project's success. If you want to learn more...

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Industrialised Construction show art Industrialised Construction

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Industrialised construction encompasses a shift towards of commodisation of construction products and manufacturing processes whilst maintaining architectural intent and flexibility. This has the potential to improve productivity and enable decarbonisation whilst improving the sector's profit margins. In this episode we're speaking with Allan Chalmers (Industrialised Technical Specialist) and Ryan McMahon (Director of Products for Industrialised Construction) about: What is manufacturing informed design, What have the hurdles to adoption been so far, The success stories in Australia and...

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Costing Prefabricated Timber Buildings show art Costing Prefabricated Timber Buildings

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Engineered timber construction systems are rapidly growing in popularity. With specifiers and developers selecting timber solutions for their triple bottom line benefits, it has never been more important for the cost consulting industry to understand the products available and their cost implications. In this episode we’re speaking with Barry Lynch and Eoin McLoughlin from Logic Group about: The existing top-down data on the costing, What elements go into the “wholistic cost”, And how fast we can install and corresponding savings on the prelims for timber buildings If you want to learn...

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Timber In The National Construction Code show art Timber In The National Construction Code

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

The National Construction Code is Australia's primary set of technical design and construction provisions for buildings. The code has a long complex history, and understanding it is critical to building to an acceptable level of quality and ensure safety. Understanding the compliance pathways is critical for successful timber buildings. And today, we're speaking with Andrew Dunn the CEO of the Timber Development Association about The performance requirements and compliance pathways, How to achieve an FRL with timber products and What circumstances may additional fire testing be required If...

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William Perkins Case Study - Keys to Rapid Construction show art William Perkins Case Study - Keys to Rapid Construction

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William Perkins High School consists of a significant quantity of exposed wooden structures, enabling the benefits of biophilia for the students and building occupants. Education buildings have the unique challenges, when trying to build in the short windows that sit between teaching periods. Within these windows the building was constructed with an innovative team and creative engineers. In this episode, we’re speaking with Alan Dowdall, the project structural engineer, a timber specialist with vast experience about achieving fast programs in construction and the importance of simplicity in...

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New Research Into Fire Dynamics of Wooden Buildings show art New Research Into Fire Dynamics of Wooden Buildings

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Architects are looking to expose wood as much as possible, in order to demonstrate the benefits of sustainability and enable the advantages of biophilia. However, when exposing timber a good understanding of both the fire resistance level of the building elements, and the dynamics of the fuel load are critical to understand. Recent research has unveiled new insights into the safe exposure of wood, isolating items such as amount of encapsulation, location of encapsulation and ventilation. In this episode, we’re speaking with Daniel Brandon Senior Research Scientist at RISE (Sweden) who is one...

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Murdoch University Case Study - Pushing the Limits of Post and Beam show art Murdoch University Case Study - Pushing the Limits of Post and Beam

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

The New Academic Building is a transformative project for Murdoch University and for the national Higher Education sector more broadly. The project consists of a unique timber structure, over 130 meters long and comprised of four storeys. In this episode we’re speaking with the project team; Edward Berry the Architect from Lyons, Jamie Cook the builder from Multiplex, Pratik Shrestha the Engineer from Aurecon and Mario Busolli a supplier from XLam Dolomiti about; The special focus on building modelling, Managing the supply chain during design, And of course the lessons learned for all the...

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The Absolute Zero Embodied Carbon Future show art The Absolute Zero Embodied Carbon Future

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

As our buildings are becoming more operationally efficient, the impacts that are coming from our materials are growing proportionally. Materials make up a significant portion of the greenhouse gas emissions in our buildings. If the government and private companies are going to achieve their goals, it’s a problem that needs to be solved. In this episode we're lucky to be speaking with Ann Austin, the Head of Sustainability Australia at Lendlease about: The unique challenges of absolute zero targets, How to improve material supply chains, And how organisations are facilitating the shifts If...

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The New Heights of Hybrid Systems show art The New Heights of Hybrid Systems

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Recently, the popularity has been increasing around mid-rise timber buildings. Having fully exposed structures has made a lot of sense at a certain height. However, we can only unlock the use of timber in high-rise buildings if it is combined with steel and concrete, with consideration of fire, acoustics and structural performance. In this episode we're speaking with Nick Hewson, Product Development Manager at Viridi about: How light-frame can be utilized for mid-rise buildings What systems are most suitable for apartment and office buildings How we can combine materials to unlock new heights...

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Scion Innovation Building show art Scion Innovation Building

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Scion Innovation Building, is a Crown Research Institute that specialises in technology development for the forestry industry. The building is a cutting edge showcase for engineered timber, not only in terms of aesthetic but what it contributes to a zero carbon future. A highlight is the peaks in glulam timber standing tall at the entrance. The list of international awards the building has won is too long to include in its introduction, but one of note is the World Timber Building of the Year, World Architecture Festival 2020 - 2021. Today we're lucky to be speaking with Jeremy Smith from...

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Architects are looking to expose wood as much as possible, in order to demonstrate the benefits of sustainability and enable the advantages of biophilia. However, when exposing timber a good understanding of both the fire resistance level of the building elements, and the dynamics of the fuel load are critical to understand. Recent research has unveiled new insights into the safe exposure of wood, isolating items such as amount of encapsulation, location of encapsulation and ventilation. In this episode, we’re speaking with Daniel Brandon Senior Research Scientist at RISE (Sweden) who is one of the world’s foremost experts on large scale fire testing, on designing for exposed wooden structures.

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