Sunday, January 29th, 2012
From architects and engineers to building designers and property developers - a new online resource is giving visitors a new perspective on one of the world’s oldest building materials.

Everyone’s familiar with wood, yet the new WoodSolutions website, stacked high with information about timber and timber products, is attracting thousands of visitors.

“It’s evidence that the research results were accurate,” said Ric Sinclair, Managing Director of Forest and Wood Products Australia, “research indicated a lack of easily accessible knowledge was one of the main impediments to using more timber in building designs. The site was developed to address this information gap.”

Mr Sinclair continued to explain that the project’s challenge was to pull together information from a whole range of sources and present it in a way that was attractive and accessible to building material specifiers.

“WoodSolutions has been designed to be a growing resource that provides a single source for people looking for information about designing and building with wood and wood products,” he said.

The site delivers data, including span table and durability ratings, provides information about issues such as designing buildings that meet the new bushfire requirements and inspires innovative and exciting designs through case studies”

Behind an attractive home page highlighting architectural case studies, the website comprises more than 3,000 pages of information, links and downloadable files.

“One of the toughest tasks was structuring the information so that visitors could find what they were looking for quickly and intuitively,” said Mr Sinclair, “for example, someone looking for hardwood timber may be looking for information about a species like Jarrah, applications such as flooring or decking or sustainable building materials. The search facility and the structure of the site allows them to easily find all the options and select the ones they are interested in.”

With more than 1,000 visitors a day, the WoodSolutions website demonstrates there is a need for information about wood – and that design and building professionals are discovering more about one of the world’s oldest building products.

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WoodSolutions is an industry initiative designed to provide independent, non-proprietary information about timber and wood products to professionals and companies involved in building design and construction.
Sarah Gyopar
P: 03 9927 3210


timber, WoodSolutions, hardwood timber, sustainable building materials



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