2018 Frame Australia conference and exhibition announced.

Timber Offsite Construction is organised by Frame Australia. Now in its 20th year, it’s the only national conference and exhibition for timber and mass wood building systems in residential and commercial construction.

The conference objective is to inspire exchange between delegates and suppliers to create opportunities for offsite prefabricated timber systems in building to benefit construction, and to achieve more sustainable outcomes.


Current building markets are buoyant due to the increasing population, which is primarily being accommodated in higher density developments within the urban areas of cities, generating high levels of demand for mid-rise and high-rise multi-residential buildings.

Together with the recent change in the National Construction Code to increase timber building heights to eight storeys, pre-fabricated offsite timber and mass wood systems in both residential and commercial buildings are reaching heights never previously contemplated. Developers and builders are now embarking on mid-rise timber frame projects of three to five storeys and high-rise mass timber up to 10 storeys using offsite panelised timber construction systems to achieve faster construction times and lower costs.

This rising demand is verified by the current increase in output by the prefabricated timber supply chain, with manufacturing plant capacity in Australia currently growing at its fastest rate ever.


The 2018 conference will focus on market expansion in timber buildings both locally and globally as well as the digital future now emerging in design, manufacture and construction of timber frame multi-residential and mass timber commercial buildings.

Speaker sessions will incorporate the key themes of building design, technology, manufacturing and construction to provide delegates with insight into the latest developments in timber prefabrication and building systems as well as the collaboration required for digital data management throughout the complete supply chain.

With this focus on technology, the program will include demonstrations of digital concepts in practice, including virtual reality data communication on construction sites and “real-life” management of manufacturing equipment in operation.

Sessions will also include case studies and presentations on current building developments ranging from low-rise housing to mid-rise multi-residential dwellings and high-rise apartments, utilising offsite timber frame panelised wall and cassette floors, plus CLT and other mass timber systems.

Delegate tours will visit a range of timber building construction sites, prefabrication and panelised manufacturing plants and recently completed buildings that are outstanding examples of timber structures.


This unique event is at the leading edge of knowledge and performs a pivotal role in information sharing, with attending delegates comprised of architects, engineers, property developers and builders along with suppliers of timber and engineered wood, software, manufacturing equipment, pre-fabricated building systems, building materials and products.

Opportunity for suppliers

Suppliers have an exceptional opportunity to access a wide range of construction market sectors that are currently showing significant interest in timber buildings and offering major growth potential in the next decade.

Feedback from delegates confirms the exhibition displays are a highly influential component of the conference, and valued in establishing direct contact with suppliers for information on timber building systems, manufacturing equipment, products and services for timber construction. Display booths are in strong demand due to the rapidly rising levels of timber building construction around Australia.

“We are very pleased to have repeat bookings from more than half this year’s exhibitors, with many others indicating their intent to be there in 2018,” says conference director Kevin Ezard.

This unique event is at the leading edge of knowledge and performs a pivotal role in information sharing by linking design and construction professionals, builders and developers with supply chain sectors of engineered wood, timber prefabrication, building materials and services.

Timber Offsite Construction will be held on June 18-19, 2018, at Park Hyatt Melbourne. For event details go to frameaustralia.com