Timber Construction for Social Housing Providers

Australian stimulus spending is igniting a boom for construction in 2021. With a push to bounce back better with sustainable construction, timber is well suited for new construction opportunities in social housing. In this webinar, the WoodSolutions MAP Team will discuss: - The new stimulus opportunities around social housing for the post covid world - The design and details for the DTS solution for mid-rise social housing projects - How and why timber can achieve the cost and sustainability goals for social housing.


Jennifer Cunich, Lead Program Development Manager @WoodSolutions Mid-rise Construction

Jennifer has more than 25 years experience in the property industry. She is currently a serving Board Member of the Victorian Planning Authority, Australian Housing Urban Research Institute and is a committee member on Monash University’s Estates Committee. Jennifer was an Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia for 20 years and the former CEO of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Paolo Lavisci, Program Development Manager @WoodSolutions Mid-rise Construction

Paolo joined the team since day one and has advised for most of the mid-rise timber projects in Victoria, plus many which are currently on the drawing boards, thus effectively changing some mindsets in the market and helping developers, builders and consultants to take advantage of the benefits of wood-based structural systems by managing the risks and optimising their results. With a PhD in Industrial Technologies - Wood, Paolo has over 30 years of experience in the sector, with advisory and hands-on roles in design, construction, project management, research and product development, teaching and training.

He worked in the plywood industry for 7 years before starting an independent timber engineering practice, through which he coordinated the design and specification of multi-storey timber buildings, new models for prefabricated homes and transportable units, plywood and cross laminated timber (CLT) manufacturing plants.

Dean Ashton, Program Development Manager @WoodSolutions Mid-rise Construction

Dean has over 30 year’s experience in the timber industry. He completed his Civil Engineering degree at Queensland Institute of Technology in 1986 before joining Gang-Nail (MiTek) in the prefabricated timber truss and frame industry. During that time he gained experience in timber engineering design, manufacture and installation of trusses and frames, software support, as well as training and development. More recently he spent 2 years with Simpson Strong-Tie providing technical support for timber connectors and fasteners, as well as assisting with new product implementation into the Australian market.

He has also been a member of the technical committee for AEFAC (Australian Engineered Fastener and Anchor Council) as well as the Victorian Structural Branch for Engineers Australia.

As a member of the WoodSolutions team, Dean is looking forward to developing lightweight timber framing opportunities to compliment massive timber to provide optimised timber solutions.


WoodSolutions Webinars

Free webinars, on the first Tuesday of each month at 11AM AEST. To see and register for upcoming webinars, check the WoodSolutions Events Calendar. With a wide range of topics, presenters, panelists and possible CPD points, WoodSolutions Webinars are for design and build professionals who want to learn how to optimise the benefits of wood and wood products, both traditional and innovative.

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