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UK's tallest timber structure?

Murray Grove, a ten storey CLT apartment building and many schools, other apartments and more lead the UK's foray into tall timber, but does this Glulam structure rise above them all?

WAF - Wood Excellence Prize Shortlist

Spanning 30 categories and including architects in over 40 countries the WAF awards are the only global architectural awards where all of the shortlisted entrants talk about their projects. Festival attendees can watch presentations from every single shortlisted architect and also find out what the judges think of each project.

New Adelaide CLT apartments

Adelaide's Kent Town in a trendy inner suburb, a stroll across the parklands from the East End precinct of the CBD.

CLT design wins in NZ

A press release from New Zealand Institute of Architects announced that the Auckland firm S3 Architects’ proposal for an innovative timber building has won the competition to design an apartment building on a brownfield site in Mt Eden.

8 French Tall Timber Storeys

Hartmut Hering, the author of this blog entry, is a German wood construction engineer living in France and specialising in construction methods and technologies.

World Tall Timber Overview 2014

A Canadian who recently completed his Master’s degree in Switzerland, Nicholas provides insight into current market conditions and provides optimisation solutions for innovative design scenarios. for more details on existing modern multi-story heavy timber buildings and upcoming projects, Nicholas can be contacted through WoodSolutions.

UK Eco Town prefabs timber SIPS

Structural insulated panels (SIPS) are used in the prefabricated system chosen for North West Bicester, one of four eco-towns planned by the British government.

New Domestic Timber Deck Design Guide

WoodSolutions Technical Design Guide 21 - Domestic Timber Deck Design provides a comprehensive resource to enable both professional and DIY users to design and construct decks that conform to the National Construction Code.

What's your BAL? WoodSolutions Calculator

Now you can simply and quickly calculate the bushfire attack level (BAL) for any site. The WoodSolutions calculator allows you to see the effect of changing variables, such as the distance to vegetation, and quickly compare results. Useful for people designing, building and occupying metropolitan fringe and country properties.

CNC Routing: Endless Possibilities

A young Australian architect travelling and studying wood design in Finland, Nicolas Pratt gives us a fascinating insight into designing and working with wood in that part of the world.

Library at The Dock Opening

The Library at The Dock at Victoria Harbour in Melbourne's Docklands precinct opened on Saturday May 31. WoodSolutions will feature the building in a case study, but in the meantime here are some images from the launch, apologies for the phone quality. Architects: Clare Design and Hayball. Major partners: Lend Lease, Places Victoria and the City of Melbourne. Materials: cross laminated timber (CLT), Glulam, recycled wharf timbers

The story behind world-leading technical guides

WoodSolutions Technical Design Guides are a series of publications - approximately 20 titles in all - created for design, engineering and building professionals. Titles contain essential information regarding material specification, detailing and codes and compliance. This is the story behind one of them.

New archi:talk Till Soerensen

See Till Soerensen, an associate at Sydney's fitzpatrick+partners discuss how his background as a carpenter informs his work - and his bright view of the future for multi-storey timber construction.

New Timber Solutions - Beta testers

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.

International prefab timber family home design competition

Around the world designers and builders are seeking to reduce costs and simplify external variables and supply chains by increasing the use of offsite manufacturing and prefabrication. This Italian-based competition is being supported by Marlengo, a firm specialising in wooden prefabrication in collaboration with the Association of Architects of Bergamo. The details below are from the competition site.

Free Tuesday May Tutorial - St Leonards Sydney

WoodSolutions Tutorials are available at the Sydney offices of the Timber Development Association in St. Leonards. The Tutorials have been developed for staff of small and large engineering, building designers and architectural firms seeking to increase their timber knowledge.

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