FWPA activities highlighted at AGM
The Chairman’s address at the FWPA Annual General Meeting in Launceston, Tasmania, summarised the activities and achievements of the previous year. John Simon, FWPA’s Chairman, noted that 2016 had been a significant year for the company with a list of great achievements, including the change to the National Construction Code.
“The change to the code is an excellent example of how the company can make strategic investments in research, particularly in fire and acoustics, and then identify a pathway to adoption through the deemed-to-satisfy requirements,” said Mr Simon. “Using its market resources and strong alliances with building professions, the company was able to ensure widespread support for the change.”
Based on FWPA’s market research, over 75% of building professionals are now aware of the change and the opportunities for both lightweight and massive timber construction.
Mr Simon noted that other key initiatives for FWPA included an updated TV advertising campaign in conjunction with Planet Ark, featuring Peter Maddison, the host of Grand Designs Australia. Other achievements, equally important but less visible, included work on improved industry statistics, timber design life, genetics, and tools to predict wood quality.
View Presentation given by Ric Sinclair, MD at the AGM Here.