May 2014


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Eileen Newbury
Marketing and Communications Manager


Tye Farrow, Award-winning Canadian architect visits Australia

See Tye Farrow speaking on designing for health. Tye’s firm, Farrow Partnership Architects Inc. is actively influencing the future of design as it impacts health and prosperity with diverse projects across North America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Hosted by WoodSolutions, Tye will be speaking at designEX and other venues in Queensland and Victoria.

View times and locations here

New Report: Wood’s the Healthy Choice

A growing range of scientific and anecdotal evidence is pointing to a range of benefits wooden buildings bring to the occupants.

One cause of this effect is thought to be biophilia which can be described as the comfort and attraction humans feel to natural and life like things.


New Event Calendar

From seminars to tutorials, conferences to awards and exhibitions, every year WoodSolutions and our broader industry are involved in a fascinating and informative range of events. The new WoodSolutions Event Calendar brings them all together in one location – and it’s easy to share them and add to your calendar too.


The story behind the transition from guesswork and tradition to scientific modelling in the WoodSolutions Timber Service Life Design Guide – an interview with Colin Mackenzie

For many years the estimation of timber service life was a combination of experience, extrapolation and guesswork. The result of more than 10 years work, the WoodSolutions Timber Service Life Design Guide  and TimberLife Educational Software, are world-leading resources that challenge that paradigm to provide designers and specifiers with accurate, evidence based information.


Case Study: Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

The Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat will eventually include more than 40 treatment rooms, numerous preparation areas and relaxation zones.

“It is a ‘place’, not just a building – a celebration of nature, life and of the human body …  place of ritual and sensory delight; of reflection and meditation. Or perhaps it is simply a journey,” says architect Pouné Parsanejad.


Case Study: Kamppi Chapel

Bent wooden members surround both the interior space and exterior cladding of this petite chapel in the heart of Helsinki.

Featuring CNC cut glulam members and a significant use of wood of varying species and functions, this chapel has quickly become a landmark, reflecting its country’s love of wood construction.


Timber Solutions Software – beta testers wanted

WoodSolutions Timber Solutions software has just undergone a major update. We are looking for beta testers to trial the new software to ensure its functionality and reliability. People who have used previous versions are preferred as we would like you to run some of your previous calculations though the new application.


New archi:talk Till Soerensen, associate, fitzpatrick+partners Sydney

See Till Soerensen discuss how his background as a carpenter informs his work - and his bright view of the future for multi-storey timber construction.


UTAS Online Graduate Certificate in Timber Open

Semester 2 enrolments are now open for this popular and rewarding course.


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