Prepare to be inspired as we take you through the timber revolution transforming the built environment. Discover how the Australian government and 16 other nations are leading the charge at COP28 in Dubai, committing to a timber construction boom by 2030, in a move celebrated by environmentalists and architects alike. Then, applaud with us the ingenuity behind Trinity University's Dickey Hall Project as it secures an Award of Merit, showcasing the sheer beauty and functionality of mass timber in an educational setting.
This episode is packed with insights from the front lines of sustainable construction. We're talking major leaps in building codes with British Columbia's green light for 18-story timber towers, signaling a brighter, eco-friendly skyline. And if you're craving a deep dive into the art of wood in design, join us as we explore Shigeru Ban's 'Timber in Architecture'—a masterclass in crafting structures that not only stand the test of time but also embody our commitment to a greener tomorrow. Tune in and be part of the conversation as we explore the intersections of innovation, sustainability, and the transformative power of timber.
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It's week one at the COP28 in Dubai, and the Australian government, along with 16 other countries around the world, have committed to using timber in the built environment in a more extensive way by 2030, including the Forest and Climate Leaders Partnership Coalition on Greening Construction with Sustainable Wood. The announcement was made by the acting CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association, afpa, and this represents a significant step forward for the Australian government in signing up to a coalition that seeks to use wood as a sustainable construction material. So congratulations to everybody at COP28. We hope the second week of the conference goes as well as the first week of the conference and we look forward to bringing you more news around timber construction coming out of Dubai. And it is a big congratulations to Trinity University Dickey Hall Project, who won an award of merit. Trinity University's 40,000 square foot Dickey Hall is the school's latest addition and the mass timber structure houses one and two tier classrooms and auditorium, a screening room and space for students. The mass timber structure members are prominently showcased throughout the entire building, with all sheer walls, beams and columns left exposed to the highlight the robust yet beautiful nature of timber. In its application, dickey Hall's design seamlessly integrates into the campus' skyline and creates a warm and welcoming environment connected to nature. The general contractor, who was on the project, said this new structure brings life to the previously overlooked north portion of the campus. Dickey Hall is the first mass timber higher education building in the city of San Antonio and to be constructed using Crossland and a timber. Its award of merit is well deserved. So congratulations to everybody on the team. And if you're still not convinced about whether Mastimba is the right way to go, on our international Mastimba Construction Journal LinkedIn feed you can ask an expert about structural timber according to architecturetodaycouk. That's architecturetodaycouk, and they say that as sustainable construction climbs higher up the priority list, timba is inevitably grown in popularity due to its versatility and environmental benefits, and in Scotland, 85% of the homes that are built in Timba frame within the market and the UK currently at 23% and rising steadily. Timba represents the UK's largest opportunity for achieving its net zero by 2050 due to its carbon saving benefits and speed of timber-conframe construction, etc. And so here is a structural timber Q&A session. If you want to learn more, please head to our LinkedIn feed or to architecturetodaycouk. And the really big news coming out of ABC is that the provincial government is set to announce that the BC Building Code will enable an expansion of Mastimba from its current 12 stories up to 18 stories. That's an increase of 50%. These proposed Mastimba Building Code changes a line with the recent work to deliver more homes near transit hubs by allowing taller Timba buildings and sustainable housing options for the local residents. These changes will also help reduce carbon pollution, support the forestry sector, create jobs and build more homes and lead to a vibrant, healthier community, according to dailyhivecom, and specifically in relation to the BC government's change in going from 12 to 18 stories. So congratulations to everybody in the government in British Columbia, because it's a great move, and designboomcom. Designboomcom has an expose on Shigaruban's new book, or book that was recently out, timba in Architecture, which looks into how the firm has used innovative uses of timber in construction over 35 years. Within its pages, the book represents 45 projects, from initial concepts to final realisation, offering insights into the challenges, the benefits of using wood. There are essays, technical drawings, striking photographs. Collectively, these portray a journey for the firm and these are showcased to represent a diverse spectrum, including museum construction, resorts, residencies, temporary shelters designed for both natural and human disasters, and there are a whole other mix of projects and information that you can understand more how to build in timber. So if you want to go and have a look and go to our social media LinkedIn feed or go to designboomcom and have a read there. And so that's it, folks. That's what we've got time for this week in Master Timber Construction Land. We hope that you have an amazing week heading into the holiday season and we look forward to bringing the news for just one more time in 2023, before we go on a well deserved break over the summer period here in the Southern Hemisphere. So good morning, good afternoon or good evening. Oh, and don't forget to subscribe. Hit the subscribe button so you never miss an episode. Good morning, good afternoon or good evening, wherever you are in the world. Today, this is Paul Kramer signing off on the Master Timber Construction Podcast.