An address by FWPA’s ‘The Ultimate Renewable’ ambassador Adam Dovile was the highlight of a timber extravaganza – ‘Wood You Like to Know?’ – in August last year which featured a tour of the Melbourne-based Holmesglen Institute. This included a series of Building Designers Association of Australia recognised CPD presentations from Weathertex and Sculptform as well as a Wood Solutions tour of its mod-rise timber construction building.
The second day included a visit to Sculptform’s Design Studio as well as a live-stream presentation by Jorge Chapa, head of market transformation for the GBCA, David Baggs, CEO, Global Green Tag, Boris Iskra, national codes and standards manager at FWPA, Tim Woods, managing director of Industry Edge), and David Rowlinson, program manager for the Plant Ark Make It Wood initiative.
The ‘Wood You Like to Know’ Weathertex event was the perfect alignment with the Ultimate Renewable campaign promoting timber as “undeniably the most sustainable building material to be specified and used across all building applications and classes”.
Hosted by BDAA principal partner Weathertex, with the help of major sponsors such as BDAA, Responsible Wood, Wood Solutions, Sculptform, the FWPA’s Ultimate Renewable initiative and supporting partner Design Matters National, the two-day event was one of Australia’s largest post-Covid timber events.
Sprinkled among the Sculptform Design Studio attendees were representatives from the FWPA, the Australasian Furnishing Association, the Victorian Forest Products Association, Master Builder Victoria and the Victorian-based Box Hill and Hume City Council. In addition to in-person attendees, the event was live streamed to hundreds of engaged BDAA members through the BDAA media channel.
This was followed in October with the BDAA hosting ‘The Rebuild Environment – A National Festival of Design’
Featuring the BDAA national annual design conference and the BDAA national design awards, the festival included entertainment at during the Melbourne Cup Tuesday as well as a range of CPD masterclasses.
Wood Central Publisher Jason Ross was appointed judge of the BDAA National Design Awards.