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How Timber Sustains Us

Presented by Havwoods

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Session Synopsis

As our climate changes we look to our environment, the way we live and how we consume so that we can conserve, refresh and care for that which sustains us. Ideas are conceived and translated to the built form and today it is important that the materials of choice embody the very ideas that sustainability matters.

As a renewable source, timber tops the list – its many attributes add to a project, the longevity, aesthetic, durability and sustainability. However what makes timber special, how is it best used, what timber is best for which application, what specifications are required when using timber and is it cost effective?

The variety of timber is manifold and expert knowledge helps to inform and educate. As timber complements today’s buildings so it sustains the planet but what are the real underlying benefits of timber?


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Key Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation you should be able to –

  • Explain how timber can address a brief, the intent of the use and how it can influence the built form.
  • Identify how timber can be used creatively, provide an aesthetic difference and contribute to formulating design options in regard to site, physical composition and spatial planning in line with the brief.
  • Outline that using timber complies with guidelines, codes and regulations, what they are and how and when they apply.
  • List how timber can add aesthetically to a project and which timber is appropriate for which use.
  • Define the properties of timber, its strengths, how it is formed and where it is best to be used.

AACA Competency Standards

Design: Conceptual Design 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
Design: Schematic Design 4.1, 4.6
Documentation: Detailed Design 5.1, 5.5


Brent Calow. Strategic Accounts APAC, Havwoods

Since joining Havwoods International in 2016, Brent has propagated the global brand of Havwoods throughout APAC and has a greater focus on the strategic direction of Havwoods in all market sectors. By fostering relationships with key stakeholders, the continued growth of Havwoods has been realised through added emphasis on design driven product innovation & European manufacture. He has a keen passion for sustainability and solutions that lessen environmental impact, plus driving the quality paradigm that encapsulates the Havwoods brand. During his time at Havwoods he has gathered a wide-ranging knowledge of design & construction which enables him to confidently guide project delivery & installation implementation to industry-leading best practice outcomes.

Peta Heffernan. Co-Founding Director, Liminal Studio

Peta is co-founding director of LIMINAL Studio, a design and architecture practice known for inventive outcomes fed by creative thinking and embrace of collaboration. Their interdisciplinary approach is captured through the Studio’s Architecture, Spaces, Objects and Ideation identities.

Responsible for quality, inventive and inclusive environments deeply connected to place, Peta has led teams to deliver high profile projects, such as the ‘The Hedberg’ in Hobart, the Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet and community galvanising projects such as the Health Care Centre in Glenorchy.

Her leadership in collaborative practice and advocacy has led to invites on forums and advisory councils.

Rebecca Yeo. Senior Interior Designer, Billard Leece Partnership (BLP)

Rebecca has gained extensive experience in workplace, community and caring environments. She has been involved as the interior clinical designer for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and previously was responsible for the design of the interiors of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA, which was an award winner at the World Architectural Festival Awards in 2014. Rebecca has worked exclusively for the Health + Research sector for the last 10 years and has developed a detailed understanding around planning, workplace, health environments and public spaces and how these environments affect both patients and clinician. She continuously works to achieve the optimum outcome within the interiors of healthcare buildings for all occupants. Rebecca is an effective leader, communicator and manager of multiple stakeholders with nuanced, complex relationships, whose experience and project skills transition a diverse range of projects from concept to delivery. As a team leader on award winning projects she has worked with clients on various size projects.


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