NZ Wood Design Guides Launched!

02 Apr 2019

The Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association (WPMA) are pleased to announce that the NZ Wood Design Guides are launched!

The NZ Wood Design Guide launch was celebrated at the WPMA Conference on the 4th April 2019 at Rydges Hotel in Christchurch with many of the industry leaders and supporters of these guides in attendance.

Speakers at this event included; Andy van Houtte (NZ Wood Design Guide Manager), Andy Buchanan (Timber Design Expert) and Dr Helen Anderson (Chair of BRANZ and Scion).

The Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA) in conjunction with BRANZ, Timber Industry Federation (TIF), Timber Design Society (TDS), Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA), Scion and Forest Growers Levy Trust (FGLT) represents the majority of New Zealand’s timber technical literature development. These organisations have grouped their resources to produce a comprehensive series of “One-Stop-Shop” Timber Design Guides to support the uptake of timber products in the construction industry.

The NZ Wood Design Guide project comes at a time when timber construction is pushing into commercial and multi-story buildings, as preferred material for prefabrication, seismic resilience properties, with strong environmental credentials and new construction techniques. It is an exciting time for timber with a lot of work yet to be done to realize the full potential of man’s oldest modern building material. The NZ Wood Design Guides project looks to provide a targeted suite of design guides to developers, engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, building consent officials and other professionals to enable the uptake of the new breed of engineered wood products and timber systems.

The NZ Wood Design for Fire Safety Guide is available in its final form.  Soft copies will be available for download from or by order of hardcopy from emailing (cost TBC).

The second Prefabrication Guide is out for public comment and you can access this once signed into the website.

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For more information contact:

Andy van Houtte
NZ Wood Design Guide Manager

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