Course started on sustainable building design

Engineers from Lendlease DesignMake travelled from Sydney to participate in the new UQ professional development course. The future of sustainable building design has been the topic of discussion for researchers and industry professionals at The University of Queensland this week, with the launch of the Centre for Future Timber Structures’ professional development program.

World-renowned timber designer Professor Richard Harris and leading fire expert Professor Jose Torero led the Centre’s first professional development course, including live demonstrations in UQ’s state-of-the-art Fire and Structures Labs.

Course Coordinator Dr Rob Foster said the course was aimed at provide Australian building designers with the skills needed to design better, more sustainable buildings using timber.

“While it’s widely recognised that engineered timber is key to the future of construction, designing with timber does require some additional skills – and that’s where we come in,” said Dr Foster.

“UQ offers a course in the design of timber structures as part of our undergraduate civil engineering programme but that’s not the case at most universities, so many current professionals are missing this vital skill-set.”

Geoff Stringer, Product Development Manager for Hyne Timber, participated in the two-day course said it was not only a good refresher for the basics of timber design, but also outlined many of the latest trends in timber design and explained their evolution and motivations.

Industry-based PhD student, Rebecca Cherry, who is working on cross-laminated timber, was excited to be able to network with other colleagues that were so passionate about timber and its use across Australia and around the world.

The Centre for Future Timber Structures is a partnership between UQ's School of Civil Engineering, the Queensland State Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Arup, Hyne Timber and Lendlease.

Photo: Hyne Timber’s Robert Mansell, Geoff Stringer, Rebecca Cherry, UQ’s Juan Hidalgo Medina and Xlam’s Jeremy Church – Fire Testing at UQ

Source: Hyne Timber

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