• Timber Development Association
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  • Timber Development Association
  • Timber Development Association

Timber Development Association of New South Wales (TDA)

Welcome to the corporate website of the Timber Development Association of New South Wales (TDA). The TDA is an industry funded association representing all segments of the timber industry, from manufacture to supply.

We provide timber-related services to the timber industry, timber traders, tradespeople, architects, teachers, students and the general public with the aim of promoting the educated use of timber and timber-related products.
 
TDA and Sustainability Print E-mail
TDA logo on a leafy background TDA developed a sustainability statement many years ago, repeated below, for assistance in carrying out decisions in our operations.

Sustainability Statement

The TDA will integrate the principles of ecologically sustainable development into all our decision making processes, and our own activities, to mutually ensure the optimisation of welfare of this generation and all future generations. We will continue to encourage the industry we represent to be dynamic and develop business practices and products that promote sustainability. We aim to ensure the long term health of the natural resource and achieve economic, social and environmental sustainability within our industry.
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TDA a founding member of Wood Council Australia Print E-mail
Wood Council Australia logo on a background of trees Wood Council Australia is made up of a group of existing state timber industry technical bodies. These bodies have agreed to pool their expertise and to cooperatively rationalise their individual activities in order to concentrate on particular areas of expertise – delivering better value for money to industry members. TDA is at the forefront of this initiative and has agreed to specialise in fire and acoustics and post-consumer wood.
 

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WoodSolutions CAD Drawings Database Print E-mail
Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00
Technical design guides available from WoodSolutions.
Technical design guides available from WoodSolutions.
Work has started on the development of CAD drawings of key details within the WoodSolutions Technical Design Guides. These CAD drawings will soon be available for design professionals to download and incorporate within their own drawings via the WoodSolutions website.

The first series of drawings will be for Guides 1, 2, 3 and 6. These have fire and acoustic detailing for timber framing in villas, townhouses, multi-residential apartments, aged care facilities and more.

The WoodSolutions Technical Design Guides are one of the most popular resources provided by WoodSolutions. They detail how timber may best be used to achieve key performance attributes (e.g. acoustic and thermal performance) while complying with regulations such as the Building Code of Australia (BCA). And yes, they're completely free to download.
 
Commercial Building Costing Cases Studies: Traditional Design vs Timber Print E-mail
Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00
Bentleigh Secondary College Meditation and Indigenous Culture Centre.
Bentleigh Secondary College Meditation and Indigenous Culture Centre by dwp|suters. A fine example of the advantages of building with timber.
This Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) project compares the cost of building in timber and of building with conventional materials. Four types of commercial building are being considered: Apartments, offices, portal frame structures and house-size aged-care buildings.

A lot work has gone into optimising the design of the buildings being studied. To achieve this, TDA has obtained the help of the architectural firms Fitzpatrick and Partners and Studio505 and the engineering firms ARUP and TTW. These are major players in the Australian design community; we greatly appreciate the help they have given this important project.

Initial results have been favourable, due in part to the rising cost of traditional materials and the growing versatility of engineered timber. Expect to see the results of the study early in 2014.
 
WoodSolutions Technical Presentations Print E-mail
Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00
Forte Living Melbourne.
TDA presented over 60 inspirational and technical tutorials and seminars for FWPA's WoodSolutions campaign in 2013. These were attended by nearly 1,500 design and building professionals in NSW and ACT. Recent highlights were two residential-timber focused half-day seminars, attended by 96 design professionals in Parramatta and 45 in Canberra. And our interior timber design seminar in Sydney in November attracted more than 80 interior designers and architects.

Three WoodSolutions seminars on designing with timber for external applications are planned for late February 2014. Due to be held in Sydney, Parramatta and Canberra, the seminars feature designer-presented case studies. Expert speakers will discuss the use of timber finishes for external applications, BAL-29 bushfire-compliant cedar windows, and more. Further seminars on structural uses of timber in non-residential applications are also planned for May 2014.
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