Potential of timber construction top of mind at annual Wood Conference

Potential of timber construction top of mind at annual Wood Conference

The 8th annual Wood Conference, well-respected knowledge platform for architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and timber experts, took place in February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. With attendance having grown tenfold since its inception in 2011, this year’s event, themed ‘Fascination Wood’, brought local and international experts together to share insights into the extensive possibilities of timber in design and construction.

Hosted for the first time in partnership with Forum Holzbau, leading platform for world-class specialist conferences in wood architecture and design, the Wood Conference played host to timber and related industry professionals and delegates from South Africa and abroad.

Werner Slabbert Jnr, Managing Director of Eco Log Homes, participated in this year’s Wood Conference and argued that timber construction has excellent potential to be a frontrunner not only in lowering the carbon footprint of public and private buildings, but in sequestering carbon during its ‘manufacturing’ stage

The conference covered a range of topics from the state of the local forestry sector to the benefits of marrying BIM, or Building Information Modelling/Management, with timber for better work-flow, efficiency and engineering. The takeaways from the range of talks were clear: we need to use more timber in design and construction; digital design and timber make a formidable combination in creatively solving a host of design and architectural challenges; and in addition to being well positioned to play a role in housing, design work, global green economies and more, used more in these and other spheres, timber can also play a significant role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions the world over.

Werner Slabbert Jnr, Managing Director of Eco Log Homes, participated in this year’s Wood Conference, delivering a talk focusing on local and global issues of pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and the push to lower and mitigate these by way of various carbon tax laws. He argued that timber construction, which it is estimated accounts for around 70% of all housing stock across developed countries, has excellent potential to be a frontrunner, not only in lowering the carbon footprint of public and private buildings, but in sequestering carbon during its ‘manufacturing’ stage.

With attendance having grown tenfold since its inception in 2011, the Wood Conference brought local and international experts together to share insights into the extensive possibilities of timber in design and construction

Slabbert concluded that continuously educating both the trade and consumer for a general shift in mindset and perception is key to growing the market for timber frame building locally. What better way, he asserted, than to reach ordinary South Africans through public infrastructure buildings built of wood, and for representatives in the sector to act as ambassadors not only for their own brands, but for the timber construction sector at large.

“The Wood Conference 2018 was once again a fantastic opportunity for industry professionals, students and even the public interested in timber as a design or construction material to learn more about the incredible properties of this green material and the innovations springing from South Africa and overseas to harness its potential for creative solutions to human challenges across the world,” says Slabbert, concluding, “Heartiest thanks to the organisers for another well-organised conference that continues to put timber in the spotlight at a time when green building and sustainability are increasingly vital to mankind’s well-being and survival.”

 

Eco Log Homes is a multiple award-winning construction company based in Johannesburg. With a wealth of experience and attention to detail, it has been delivering beautifully hand-crafted timber homes to both national and international markets for over 15 years. Eco Log Homes specialises in turnkey developments, hotels, B&Bs, game lodges, residential and holiday homes.

SARMA’s game-changing readymix concrete conference 25-26 August

SARMA’s game-changing readymix concrete conference takes place at Misty Hills Conference Centre, Mulderdrift on 25-26 August

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readymixWhether you are a concrete technologist, a readymix plant owner or high flying construction executive it pays to attend this year’s instalment of the Readymix Conference by Sarma and be part of the change that is shaping a new and improved concrete industry.
For the first time the conference will include participation of all other bodies affiliated with concrete in South Africa, including the Concrete Manufacturers Association, The Concrete Institute, Concrete Society, Association of Cementitious Material Producers and the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa. Along with speakers and exhibitors from within the cement and concrete industries, the conference list will effectively read like the “Who’s Who” of concrete in the country.

Conference“Why it is so important to attend, is so that everyone can gain an understanding of the way the concrete industry is evolving and how partnerships with materials suppliers are going to become key to doing successful business in future. We live in a changed world and it is important that companies, Government and parastatals understand how new technologies and techniques can improve service delivery and the quality of construction in South Africa,” says Johan van Wyk, general manager of Sarma.
The high-powered line-up of speakers includes an in-depth panel discussion between the concrete organisations that will outline the future of concrete in South Africa, as well as comment from cement suppliers and other key contributors to the concrete industry. There will also be talks by respected concrete experts including Bryan Perrie of The Concrete Institute, who will discuss specifications in relation to concrete, Amit Dawneerangen of Afrisam will outline an interesting case study, as well as the evergreen concrete expert Jacques Smith, who will give case studies of concrete in mining applications.
Companies with technical speakers will include Chryso with an in depth technical discussions on getting best out of concrete, Oxyfibre will discuss the possibilities available through the use of structural fibre reinforced concrete, as well as an in-depth technical discussion delivered by the team responsible for concrete work on the impressive PWC Tower that is currently under construction in Midrand. Readymix case studies and projects will also be delivered on behalf of the readymix industry by Johan himself.
Hard-hitting business related topics will include talks by renowned economist, Dr Roelof Botha, analyst Dr Piet Croucamp, futurist Raymond de Villiers, motivator Ian Thomas and a business opportunity discussion will be delivered by Eskom’s Nico Singh, among others. Exhibits and networking opportunities will provide delegates with an opportunity to foster new relationships and nurture new business opportunities.

To Register now click here or contact the office on (011) 791 3327.