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Mass Timber Construction Keynote Speaker – Daryl Patterson

King Street, Melbourne - LendLease

WPMA in association with Property Council NZ

Daryl Patterson talks about the role of digital fabrication in the property industry for creating better buildings and particularly the importance of timber as the primary ingredient.

In Australia we have developed the worlds tallest timber apartment building in 2012 using this process and now we are constructing the worlds tallest timber office building. Where once timber was thought to be limited to buildings of only a few storeys we are now able to make high quality, highly durable buildings of 10 storeys and higher.

As the challenge of providing more affordable housing solutions grows we have to search for more innovation ways of designing and making buildings. This includes rethinking the materials we use, the design software we use, the manufacturing processes and the construction processes.

We have turned to timber as a material that can be easily processed by robotics with very high levels of accuracy and quality. The designs that architects produce can directly inform the machines that shape the building components. Much like the digitisation of music we can now produce designers ideas with high fidelity, by directly communicating them to production machinery. This avoids the “lost in translation” problems that are often seen in the building industry with information passing amongst many hands.

We have given nature a bit of an upgrade and instead of traditional timber we are using engineered timber. Cutting and laminating smaller sections of timber into larger high strength materials. There are different processes for this and we now have a range of products such as glue laminated beams, laminated veneer lumber and cross laminated timber (CLT). CLT is the most recent of these products and can be made in panels as large as a city bus (16m x 3m). These engineered products are far superior to the conventional framing timbers that we would normally see used in house construction. We group them under the terminology of “massive timber” construction to distinguish from light weight framing.

There is an excellent opportunity for New Zealand to capitalise on the timber expertise it already has, together with its abundance of the natural resource to produce large scale engineered timber buildings. With a small CLT factory already operating in Nelson, New Zealand produces already produces as much CLT as the UK and US combined. However it is a long way behind the large scale european producers and buildings in NZ have been very modest in scale to date.

The excellent performance of engineered timber buildings in earthquakes is another reason for NZ to be looking at this technology. Engineered timber is strong and yet a timber building can be 30% lighter in weight than an equivalent concrete structure.

Quick Facts:

Forte – 2 apartment building in Melbourne, 10 storeys high. At time of completion the worlds tallest but recently surpassed by a 14 storey building in Norway.

Forte was constructed 30% faster than an equivalent concrete building with only 5 carpenters.

5 King Street – a new office building in Brisbane now under construction. 10 storeys high, providing 14,000m2 of office space.

Lendlease – a multinational property company with businesses in construction & design, funds management and property development. Employs 12,000 people in 14 countries and has pioneered the use of CLT in Australia and the United States.

CLT – cross laminated timber was invented in Austria approximately 20 years ago. More than 10,000 buildings have now been constructed in this material, predominantly in Europe. Benefits are high speed construction, much safer work practices, low carbon emissions, use of an entirely renewable material (the only structural building material that is renewable), quieter in construction and more cost competitive.

If you would like to attend these events to hear Daryl Patterson present, please fill out the forms below.

When: 14th March 2017
Where: Christchurch Club, 154 Worcester St, Christchurch
Time: 4.00 – 6.00pm

The Christchurch Rego form can be found here: Cost $45+GST for members

Expert Panel – Christchurch:

Andy Buchanan – Structural Timber Consultant – PTL
Julian Addington – Structural Engineer – Engco
Thomas Kaestner – Project Director – Naylor Love
Bernie O’Fagan – RM Designs

When: 16th March 2017
Where: Pullman Hotel, Cnr Princes St & Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland CBD
Time: 4.00 – 6.00pm

The Auckland Rego form can be found here : Cost $45+GST for members

Expert Panel – Auckland:

Mike Newcombe – Senior Structural Engineer – Enovate
Keith Ballagh – Acoustics Engineer – Marshall Day Acoustics
Harriet Peel – Fire Engineer – Olsson Fire
Kevin Stanley – Stanley Construction
Daiman Otto – Director – Tall Wood


We look forward to seeing you at this event.
Dr Jon Tanner

Supporters of this event:

WPMA Manage & Support the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards.
Don’t miss The Gala Dinner Presentation Event in Auckland at the Pullman Hotel on the 9th March 2017.

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For more information contact: Debbie Fergie 021 807 002