Live stream webinar: Steel and timber – the unstoppable combination for low embodied carbon buildings

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Render of Sidewalk Labs's mass-timber projet in Toronto. Illustration: Thomas Heatherwick.

TecBuild Systems Executive Chairman and architect Jack Haber is an expert on hybrid and timber construction.

On 7 April at 3 pm, he will moderate a panel of experts on best practice on low embodied carbon structural systems. The key message, he says, is picking the right hybrid system combination.

Haber says there is growing awareness of the embodied carbon in building materials and this has thrust engineered framed timber and mass timber systems into the limelight.

But what’s still a mystery is how much engineers, architects, builders and property developers know about using this carbon-sequestering material.

The webinar, a Mecca CPD event, will focus on hybrid. Viewers and listeners will learn that a steel frame grid with prefabricated

timber framed floor cassettes creates a buildable, cost effective, commercial and environmentally sustainable multi-storey building.

Critically, a hybrid multi storey structure can more efficiently utilise timber fibre than say, an entirely mass timber structure. This efficiency keeps costs down and draws on Australia’s existing engineered timber capability, rather than procurement that is heavily reliant on overseas imports.

At the event Haber will speak to Melbourne University lecturer Chris Jensen, who will compare the carbon efficiency of different building materials. He will also speak to engineer Phil Gardiner from structural leaders WSP, who will investigate the most “elegant” combination of materials to provide building efficiency and sustainability. The third panellist, builder Rob De Brincatt from Icon, will explain the delivery practicalities of hybrid construction methods.

Find out more and reserve a spot.

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