The Frame 2017 event, titled Timber Offsite Construction, will focus on design, manufacture and construction of prefabricated timber buildings from initial concept stage to the completed project, providing a broad pathway to understand the process benefits and the achievement of faster build times with lower construction costs.

International and local expert speakers will explain architectural design concepts, engineering design, codes and cost comparisons, with examples of housing and multi-residential mid and high rise projects currently being built around Australia and globally.

Supply chain involvement will be a fundamental component of the program including digital data technologies, prefabricated manufacturing systems, and integrated project delivery to ensure successful construction outcomes.

“We are fortunate to have Colin Chornohus. Mass Timber Specialist with Structurlam Products presenting on the collaborative effort required between manufacturer/supplier and project design team to deliver a timber structure ahead of schedule and under budget,” says conference director Kevin Ezard.

“Colin is currently engaged in construction of the world’s tallest mass wood building UBC Brock Commons in Vancouver Canada, and he will demonstrate the benefits of Integrated Project Delivery in this massive project by engaging a timber manufacturer in the design process from start to finish.”

Another highly prominent speaker is Stefan Schneider, the founder/owner of CutMyTimber Inc. in North America, will discuss trends in digital fabrication and integrated technology enabling machines and software to became much more evolved to provide a broader scope.

“Examples include CAM systems with a lot more CAD functionalities that include material management databases, material optimizers and ordering systems, along with machining process developments that will be explained,” Ezard says.

Exhibition displays at frame 2017

For the past 18 years, Frame events have performed a pivotal role attracting architects and engineers, building professionals, property developers and builders; along with suppliers of timber and engineered wood, software and equipment, pre-fabricated building systems, and building materials.

The exhibition display has consistently been an influential component of the event, and is highly rated by delegates in providing information on international trends and emerging technologies associated with timber construction systems, manufacturing equipment, and building products or services.

“We are delighted with the enthusiastic response from previous exhibitors to participate in the 2017 exhibition, and very pleased to announce the Principal Partner will be long-standing supporter Homag/Weinmann,” Ezard says.

The massive global Homag Group is a leading manufacturer of modern, high-performance machines, production lines and systems for the construction of prefabricated timber buildings, with a coordinated portfolio for woodworking including solutions for utilising computer-controlled, automated machinery with a range of CAD/CAM-interfacing controls.

And as part of the Homag Group, the Weinmann equipment portfolio includes beam processing, production of wall, roof and floor elements and the processing of large-scale board materials, along with materials handling, storage systems, and solutions for cross-laminated timber.

A major change for 2017 is a two-day program, with one day of speaker presentations by international and local speakers followed by delegate hospitality and networking, and a second day comprised of workshop sessions and delegate tours to timber building sites and offsite manufacturing plants.

The two-day format will provide much greater time for interaction between delegates and suppliers for generation of business opportunities, with display booths located within the conference Ballroom Foyer where all delegate catering is provided for lunch and session breaks, plus Delegate Hospitality and networking on Monday night.

Event details

Timber Offsite Construction will be held on Monday and Tuesday June 19-20 2017 at Park Hyatt Melbourne. For details visit the website at or contact Kevin Ezard on 0419 538 638 or email

For information on participation in the exhibition display or sponsorship opportunities contact: Adam Contessa, Sponsorship Manager, Building Brands on mobile 0416 081 259 or email