New Timber Building Site Attracts Thousands of Australian Architects, Engineers and Designers

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WoodSolutions is a new online resource which is inspiring design and building professionals to use more of one of the world’s most familiar materials in design and construction.

Our 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

A new online resource is inspiring design and building professionals to use more of one of the world’s most familiar materials in design and construction.

There’s no need to don a hard hat and high-visibility vest when visiting this new building site, WoodSolutions is only stacked high with information about timber and timber products.

Responding to research that indicated a lack of easily accessible knowledge was one of the main impediments to using more timber in building designs, the Australian forest and wood products industry created the WoodSolutions website.

“Our 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,” said Ric Sinclair, Managing Director of Forest and Wood Products Australia. “We believe the result, http://www.WoodSolutions.com.au, is the best site of its kind in the world.

WoodSolutions has been designed to be a growing resource that provides a one-stop-shop for people looking for information about any aspect of designing and building with wood and wood products.

The site delivers data, like 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 a deceptively simple home page, the WoodSolutions 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,” Mr Sinclair said, “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.”

Attracting more than 1,000 visitors a day, the WoodSolutions website shows that the research identified a real need for information about wood – one of the world’s oldest building products.

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