The Wood Recap of Sydney Build Expo 2023

Wood Takes Centre Stage at Sydney Build Expo 2023

Tue 07 Mar 23


More than 37,000 building and design professionals were estimated to have flocked through the turnstiles at Sydney Build (March 6 and 7, 2023). The event, held at ICC Sydney, is Australia’s biggest festival of design and features many highlights, including the largest Women in Construction meeting in the nation.

Wood Central has provided a recap of all the wood activity.

Wood made a home on the Sustainability Stage

The Sustainability Stage was treated to multiple discussions around timber and its potential as a low carbon material. David Rawlinson of Planet Ark’s Make It Wood Campaign participated in a panel discussion around Circular Economy in Construction. Interest in the circular economy is surging, in 2020 Planet Ark launched the Australian Circular Economy (ACE) Hub and last month Planet Ark Chief Climate Advisor Paul Klymenko was appointed to the expert panel advising the Australian Government on the circular economy. Timber plays an important role in helping Australia transition into a fully circular economy by 2030.

David Rawlinson (second from left) with Valentina Petrone, Associate Director – Waste Management & Circular Economy – WSP, Janitha Senayirathna, Project Manager – CPB Contractors and Emily Lau, Structural Engineer – Aurecon. (Photo credit: Lindsay Cheng)

Meanwhile, Matt de Jongh of Responsible Wood chaired a discussion on ‘Sustainability to Resilience: Maximising Renewables in Construction’, emphasizing the important role of Sustainable Forest Management in preserving the world’s forests and participated in a panel discussion about ‘Energy and Carbon Management.’ Responsible Wood is Australia’s largest forest certification scheme and, through Chain of Custody certification, is carried by a wide variety of building products.

Matt de Jongh (far right) with Mel Rohan, Senior Public Affairs Officer – RICS, Alistair Coulstock, Director – Climate Change & Sustainability – KPMG and Katie Fallowfield, Director of Sustainability – WSP during the discussion on ‘Energy and Carbon Management.’ (Photo credit: Mel Rohan)

More information about all presentations can be downloaded from Wood Central’s dedicated Wood-Guide for Sydney Build 2023.

Around the Grounds – Meet the Exhibitors

In total 8 wood exhibitors were represented – including Binderholtz, Ecquality Timber, LINYI LUJU, NeXTimber (by Timberlink), Permax, Weathertex,Woodside Timber, Wurth and Xlam.

The Weathertex tiny house display was a go-to location 🏡 (Photo credit: Weathertex) #sydneybuildexpo #expo #tinyhouse #cladding.
Global GreenTag Global Business Development Manager Brett Hazlet interviewed Weathertex Managing Director Jason O’Hagan at the Expo. Weathertex product is Platinum Certified by Global GreenTag. Footage supplied by @globalgreentaginternational4225
NeXTimber (by Timberlink)
The NeXTimber (by Timberlink) team have been busy talking mass timber solutions at Sydney Build Expo this week. The expo was a great opportunity to share how our cross laminated timber (CLT) and glue laminated timber (GLT) products can play a vital part in construction projects of the future.
NeXTimber: it’s what better tomorrows are built on. (Source: NeXTimber (by Timberlink) LinkedIn page.

NeXTimber posted this amazing time capsule on their LinkedIn page, showing the activity through its stand.

Wurth Australia

Wurth Australia posted this G*Glass demonstration from the quietest part of it’s stand! G*Grass is a range of draw sliders and hinge systems sold exclusively through Wurth.

Ecquality Timber

Equality Timber posted this reel on its Instagram channel, showing the stand under construction.


According to Sean Bull, Technical Engineer NSW,

Sean Bull, NSW Technical Engineer for Xlam, was busy with hundreds of attendees visiting the Xlam stand. XLam is leading the charge in the production of Australian Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) – with a number of projects already under their belt including Royd Clan House.

Grant Steel, Business Development Manager and Gary McShane, Head of Operations for Xlam with Responsible Wood Sustainability Manager Matt de Jongh at the Xlam exhibit. (Photo credit: Matt de Jongh). Xlam are one of 200 plus Australian timber-companies that are certified under the Responsible Wood certification scheme.

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