AIBS WoodSolutions Seminar: NCC 2019 Mid-rise Timber Buildings (NSW)

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WoodSolutions will partner with the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors in delivering a series of seminars specifically tailored for the AIBS membership. These seminars will provide detailed information in relation to: 

  • Changes to the National Construction Code 2019 to permit Mid-Rise Timber Buildings up to 25m effective height in all classes of building (Class 2 to 9)
  • Other changes to the National Construction Code that may impact on the use of timber construction 
  • Technical research and analysis that enable the change
  • Evidence of suitability available to support Mid-Rise Timber Buildings, and 
  • WoodSolutions Technical Design Guides being developed to support the change 


A Proposal-for-Change to create voluntary Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) provisions in the National Construction Code 2019, Building Code of Australia Volume One (NCC) was submitted by Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) to extend the use of timber construction systems to all classes of buildings up to 25 metres in effective height (termed ‘mid-rise’ construction). 

The provisions address both traditional ‘timber-frame’ and ‘massive timber’ systems such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) with the use of appropriate layers of fire-protective grade plasterboard (i.e. fire-protected timber) and the use of NCC compliant fire sprinkler systems. 

This seminar will be delivered by Boris Iskra (FWPA) and Paul England (EFT Consulting) who were principally involved in the development and submission of the NCC proposal on behalf of FWPA and will provide attendees with the knowledge to confidently implement the NCC changes.

When: 27 May 2019
Where: Parramatta RSL, 2 Macquarie St,Parramatta, NSW 2150
RSVP: Click here
CPD: 3 points


About the Speakers: 

Boris Iskra 
Boris Iskra has an extensive understanding of the Australian forest and wood products sector with 25 years of direct involvement. He is the National Manager-Codes & Standards for Forest & Wood Products Australia where his role is to coordinate the development and review of Australian timber standards, and associated building standards and codes, on behalf of the National Timber Industry. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Structural) degree and a Graduate Diploma in Building Fire Safety and Rick Engineering. 

Paul England
Paul England has been the principal of EFT Consulting since 2012 and has been involved in fire research, testing and consultancy for over 35 years. He founded Warrington Fire Research (now Exoya Warringtonfire) in Australia in 1991 and was responsible for its development as a leading NATA accredited fire test laboratory, research facility and fire safety engineering practice of over a period of 20 years. 

He has undertaken various fire safety engineering analyses underpinning proposals for change to the NCC and chairs the Standards Australia Committee FP18 which is responsible for developing fire testing classification and fire safety engineering standards. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and is past president of the Engineers Australia Society of Fire Safety. 


AIBS Member: $150
Non Member:  $225
AIBS Student Member: $112.50

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