Designers and builders continue to express interest in pre-fabricated (prefab) construction, which involves timber components being built in a controlled environment rather than on the building site, providing minimal risk and improvements to productivity.

At the same time, the latest Master Builders Australia National Survey of Building and Construction shows that more building and construction jobs will be created by the looming housing boom.

This trend comes as optimism returns to business conditions, resulting from renewed confidence in future work and a rise in profits – an outlook not seen since before the Global Financial Crisis.

This evolving market will continue to place more emphasis on the efficiency of construction methods and materials, which will be comprehensively discussed at the Frame Australia 2015 conference and exhibition “˜Building with engineered wood construction systems’, to be held Monday 1 June 2015 at the Park Hyatt Melbourne.

“Multi-residential construction is moving to timber and engineered wood with prefab building systems that lower construction costs, increase returns and improve housing affordability,” said Conference Director Kevin Ezard.

“A major boost for builders are the proposed changes to the NCC (BCA), which will permit an increased height of timber buildings up to eight storeys, to be more in line with international building codes.”

Both local and international speakers with extensive experience in timber design and construction will provide presentations and engage delegates in open discussion forums.

“Speaker highlights include James Fitzpatrick, Head of prominent architects Fitzpatrick + Partners, and Andrew Nieland, Head of Timber Solutions Property at Lend Lease,” Kevin added.

Andrew will discuss how engineered timber is changing the way construction projects are delivered, based on the example of the Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) development project “˜Forte’, in Melbourne’s Docklands, Australia’s first 10 storey timber apartment building.”

Suppliers of timber, engineered wood and building materials have an opportunity at Frame 2015 to access the emerging growth market for building products and services.

Sponsor exhibition displays provide face-to-face access to delegates for the presentation of new product innovations and information in areas such as design, construction and promotion, with the potential to engage new customers.

“This event will outline the future for timber construction in Australia, and is an opportunity not to be missed,” Kevin concluded.