News from WoodSolutions
Tuesday 17th May 2016
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In this issue we have exciting news about four new technical design guides available for free download, that will change the way timber floors are designed. We also introduce updated software to make span calculations easier and inform you about National Code Changes that will open up design opportunities when cladding.  Read about our upskilling events, inspirational case studies and more. If you have any comments or suggestions, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Kind regards

Eileen Newbury
Marketing and Communications Manager
Forest and Wood Products Australia 

Timber Solutions 2.2 Software released
This popular residential timber-framed design software update is now completed. It includes the revised structural properties for MGP 10, 12 and 15 timber grades in line with the AS 1720.1 Timber Structures standard. | Download the free software here.

New Technical Design Guides – long span timber floors
With over 30 technical design guides in the suite, with topics ranging from Building in bushfire prone areas, to Thermal Performance, the new  guides on timber cassette and timber concrete composite (TCC) flooring systems are set to deliver spans of up to 10m while increasing structural efficiency. Discover design descriptions and full engineering details in the new guides. | Download the free guides here.
New angles on cladding – NCC changes
On the 1st of May 2016, the new National Construction Code came into effect, including changes that allow designers to specify diagonally and vertically aligned timber cladding with the same Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) simplicity as traditional horizontal applications. | Read more

Look into a prefabricated future at Frame Australia 2016
Discover the latest international and local trends and technologies at Frame. An event that brings together architects, designers, engineers, developers, industry manufacturers and suppliers, Frame is a must-attend for anyone interested in emerging timber design and construction trends.  When: 23 May Where: Park Hyatt, Melbourne More information | Event details

Engineers Australia – Society of Fire Safety 
Recent changes to mid-rise timber buildings, including the requirements for fire protected timber and cavity barriers will be explained at these events and also provide a summary to be applied to traditional and massive timber systems When/Where: 24 May Adelaide | 26 May Brisbane | 2 June Perth6 June Melbourne8 June Canberra9 June Sydney  | Full WoodSolutions event calendar
Master Builders Australia (MBA) - Mid-Rise Timber Buildings Seminars
Learn about the timber-related changes to the National Construction Code and their implications at these hands-on seminars. 
When/Where:  7 June Canberra | 8 June Melbourne | 20 June Adelaide (details coming soon)View full WoodSolutions event calendar

Understanding AS1684.2: Australian Residential Timber Framed Construction
Ensure your interpretation and practice of AS1684.2 meets required standards by attending this practical training workshop, delivered by the timber framing experts. When: 23 June  Where: Brisbane. Information and registration

National Architecture Conference
Australian Institute of Architects
WoodSolutions introduced and sponsored the Transforming Populations session at this Adelaide event, attended by more than 1200 architects and associated professionals. | Read more

Green Cities 2016
The WoodSolutions stand at the Green Cities Conference was a great success.  With the conference theme ‘Disruptive Ideas’, Tony Arnel, Global Director Sustainability with Norman Disney & Young, spoke on behalf of WoodSolutions on the engaging topic "Does timber high-rise equal high risk?". | Read more

Constellations Bar – urban and urbane
Liverpool’s Constellations Bar by Howard Miller Designs is an outdoor venue occupying a disused industrial recycling yard and consists of a bar, food truck, art space and community garden. | Be inspired here

Nøjkærhus Culture House - a triumphant trio
An elegant solution by LUMO Architects combines different material palettes in old and new structures. | See the transformation here

FutureWood - Innovations in Building Design and Manufacturing
An informative view of the way in which digital construction and design technologies can give wood far greater flexibility in both form and application. | Learn more here

New Suburban by Stuart Harrison
A well-crafted book, with a highly interesting colophon that explains the book’s design choices - well worth a read | Discover more here

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