Andrew Dunn, CEO, Timber Development Association, who recently returned from the 7th International Mass Timber Conference in Portland, Oregon, reflects on the event in this exchange with Wood Central publisher Jason Ross.
Mr Dunn was especially inspired by the diversity of topics and the conference’s rapid expansion.
“With more than 3000 attendees from 35 different countries, it was truly astounding to witness this global congregation of timber enthusiasts,” he said.
Here he offers some unique insights into the current state of the timber industry. The discussion encompassed a range of topics, from international conferences to the latest in timber technology.
Growth and Innovation at the International Mass Timber Conference
Andrew Dunn: In addition, this year’s conference highlighted a growing trend in the industry. Developers are increasingly choosing wood for significant projects, as evidenced by the success of the Ascent building in Milwaukee
Spotlight on the Australian Timber Design Awards
Andrew Dunn: Following the Portland conference, attention turns to the Australian Timber Design Awards, an annual competition with entries closing on July 14. The awards showcase design innovation. A surge in entries focusing on multi-residential and mid-rise construction is exemplified by the impressive Waterfront Tavern by H&E Architects.
Timber Off-Site Construction Conference
Andrew Dunn: Based on awards and innovation, the upcoming Timber Off-Site Construction conference is scheduled for September 11 and 12 in Melbourne. The event theme is ‘Timber and Technology: The Zero Carbon Future, and we’re excited to keep the momentum from the Portland conference going. The Melbourne event is a perfect opportunity for the community to come together and discuss the future of timber.
WoodSolutions, TDA mission to Sweden and Norway
Andrew Dunn: Wrapping up the interview, the industry tour of wood technology in Norway and Sweden from June 11 to 17 will inspect some of the world’s most advanced timber engineering facilities, including the Bo Klok robotic apartment manufacturing plant. We’re anticipating six days and nights of inspiration, information and fun from Falkenberg, Sweden, to Oslo, Norway.