Gottstein Skills Development Grant: Career Boost for Xlam Engineer

Kieran better equipped to promote tall timber projects

Wed 26 Apr 23


Kieran Hayes, Senior Technical Engineer at Xlam Australia, says he was fortunate to be granted a Gottstein Trust Skills Development grant to advance his studies on the Passiv Haus concept, an energy-efficient standard for building developed in Germany.

“The grant opened exciting new horizons for my career, options that otherwise would have been a financial stretch.”

Passiv Haus is a performance-based standard that dictates scientific targets rather than dictating specific materials or products.

The standard focuses on detailing the building envelope to cover five building-science principles: airtightness, thermal insulation, mechanical ventilation heat recovery, high performance windows and thermal bridge free construction.”

Xlam work mates gather for a photo… Kieran Hayes, Senior Technical Engineer, Mael LeMarchand, Project Manager, Gary McShane, Head of Operations, ANZ, XLam, and Dorothy Chung, CAD Detailer.

Kieran, who is based in Melbourne and coordinates product development and technical support in both Australia and New Zealand for Xlam, says as a structural timber design engineer it is very important to understand acoustics, thermal insulation, fire and service reticulation requirements which often are integrated within mass timber structure.

“After completing this course, I feel better equipped to convince clients, architects and engineers to pursue mass timber in their next project,” Kieran said.

“Gottstein has allowed me to contribute to and support environmentally friendly housing solutions.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and am very grateful for the support of the Gottstein Trust.

“I highly recommend the wonderful opportunities the trust offers by way of annual grants awarded through scholarships, fellowship and skills development.”

Kieran Hayes, Gottstein Skill Development Support grant recipient

The Gottstein Trust is accepting applications for its latest round of capacity building grants. The three grant award categories offer opportunities for individuals associated with the Australian forestry products sector to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Applications close May 5, 2023, and applicants are encouraged to consider eligibility across all grant categories.


The Gottstein Trust has already awarded over $1.4 million in grants to individuals, and every year, new opportunities arise for people and the industry to benefit.

According to Gottstein Trust Chair Suzette Weeding, past recipients of the grants have mentioned that the funding proved to be a turning point for their careers and lives.

“For everyone, it’s a fantastic opportunity to pursue skills and knowledge that may boost their capacity and career progression,” Weeding added.


Eligibility criteria and online application forms can be found here and selecting the appropriate menu option.

Inquiries about making an application are welcome – either call Helen Murray on 0419-991-424 or email the Gottstein Team.

You can jump straight online to lodge your application.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge in the forestry products sector. Lodge your application now!


  • Jim Bowden

    Jim Bowden, senior editor and co-publisher of Wood Central. Jim brings 50-plus years’ experience in agriculture and timber journalism. Since he founded Australian Timberman in 1977, he has been devoted to the forest industry – with a passion.


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