WoodSolutions Tutorials

What do our audiences think of WoodSolutions Tutorials? 

Michael Bailey from Brisbane's Cox Rayner Architects comments on their experience:

“The series presented by WoodSolutions and Timber Queensland have been thoroughly worthwhile! Our staff have enjoyed Colin’s relaxed and highly informative presentations, and their knowledge of the local timber industry, available products, and how to specify timber has certainly increased tremendously. We would definitely recommend these talks to everyone in the industry!”

Knowledge that comes to you

WoodSolutions Tutorials offer you a choice of one-hour, informative and practical, free presentations to architects, engineers, designers and other building professionals.

The Tutorials are written to educate and inspire innovation in the use of wood to design and construct residential, commercial and infrastructure projects. Delivered by experienced industry professionals, they are available at no cost to attendees.

Workplace presentations for your team

Tutorials can be delivered at workplaces or other venues, such as professional bodies' meeting rooms. We prefer an audience of ten or more people to maximise audience interaction and to generate useful questions. Smaller practices often find it convenient to group together to book a Tutorial. Presentations can be at any suitable time - many people find lunch time convenient.

You could earn CPD points

Where applicable, you may earn CPD hours or points by attending a presentation. Formal points may require answering questions about the Tutorial topic. Attendance certificates are available on request. Please contact your professional organisation for more information.

Members of the Australian Institute of Architects can claim formal CPD points through Refuel.

New Topics

We are always keen to hear ideas for new topics that relate to the use of wood and wood products. If you have any suggestions, we'd be delighted to receive them.

For more information or to host a WoodSolutions Tutorial, please email us here

View Tutorial presentations online

Click on the presentation titles to view online. You must be a registered WoodSolutions user to view presentations or download materials - registration is quick and free.

WoodSolutions Tutorial topics include:


Inspirational Projects

Be inspired by international and local projects including 2011 Australian Timber Design Award winners. See residential, commercial and institutional projects featuring indoor applications, such as kitchens and bathrooms, bedrooms ceilings and wall linings, flooring and stairs, plus external applications, including decking, cladding, landscaping and privacy screens.

This presentation is an overview of the best in wood design.

Wood Finishes and Coatings

This presentation provides guidance on coatings used for interior and exterior wood surfaces to enhance appearance and/or the natural durability. Selecting the appropriate coating product is essential to maintain visual appeal and ongoing performance of the wood.

Every wood species has characteristics that can affect the application of products. It is important to know about the wood being coated and how to reference manufacturers' product literature for specific recommendations.

Wood Basics: Terminology, Properties & Specification

Does specifying wood seem like a foreign language? Then this presentation is for you. You'll receive an overview of wood terminology, applications of wood materials, production of wood, characteristics of wood and relationship with properties, grading, durability, specification and handling as well as an overview of manufactured wood products such as laminated veneer lumber (LVL)

Design for Durability

This tutorial, which includes termite management techniques, will help improve the specification and design performance of wood in construction.

The presentation uses structural engineering criteria, years of experience and field trials and predictive modelling to provide guidance on methods to increase the service life of woods used in Australia.

Also covered are the affects of natural variation between wood species, the effectiveness of wood preservative treatments and climatic conditions.

Fire Safety and Performance of Wood in Multi-Residential and Commercial Buildings

This presentation demonstrates how the fire performance requirements in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for Class 1a, Class 2, 3 & 9c as well as Class 5,6 9a & 9b buildings can be met. In this context, the presentation provides verified construction details that utilise the BCA's deemed-to-satisfy provisions.

Using Wood in Bushfire Prone Areas

Discover how and which wood products can be used in the different bushfire prone areas hazard levels and building applications. The presentation brings together the requirements of the Australian Standard AS3959 and NSW RFS Planning for Bushfire Protection requirements.

Lightweight Energy Efficiency and Thermal Comfort / BASIX

The presentation addresses the thermal comfort requirements of the NSW Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) and how lightweight wood-based construction systems can be easily used to meet these requirements. Emphasis is placed on simple techniques to insulate walls, roofs and sub-floor areas of suspended floors for new construction as well as alterations and additions. The presentation will highlight cost effective design and building details, ventilation issues and smart use of thermal mass.

Maximising Green Star Ratings with Wood

Discover the different methods of gaining Green Star credits using wood and wood products in the built environment. Topics of interest include chain of custody and forestry management certification schemes: indoor air quality issues for composite wood products, and easy ways of specifying and obtaining appropriate documentation for wood and wood products, in order to obtain credits.

Wood as a Resource

Learn about the different schemes to ensure wood is derived from an appropriate source and where our wood comes from. The key forest management certification schemes, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and those endorsed by Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), such as the Responsible Wood Forest Certification Scheme (formerly the Australian Forestry Scheme AFS) and the associated chain-of-custody, are explained. Where wood and other wood products come from will be discussed as will how to reduce the risk of purchasing wood products that may be from illegally logged sources.

Wood and Sustainable Building

Find out how wood construction can contribute to a sustainable building. Using scientifically based life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology, this session demonstrates why wood products are better for the environment than other materials in terms of indicators such as global warming potential and resource depletion. LCA is becoming the world standard for evaluating the sustainability of materials and assemblies and improving environmentally based decision-making. See why wood from responsibly managed forests and plantations is a good choice when it comes to climate change.




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